You're invited to the launch of Nancy Mackenzie's Crisp-Maned Bay (Ekstatis Editions 2018). Nancy will be joined for the reading by local writer Anne Sorbie and the current poet laureate of Calgary, Sheri-D Wilson.
With lyrical homage to earth and ocean, Nancy Mackenzie’s poetry in Crisp-Maned Bay pulses through each chamber of our divided hearts with a responsible sense of belonging. The first part, Marble Island, is a paean to the feminine, romance, tragedy, and fate. The
poems in this section find fierce joy in calling in the ghosts with their wisdoms and magics. “Crisp-Maned Bay” – three words from The Mabinogion – herein evoke the horse as well as the sea (bay), to be complicit in the poet’s travels through a corridor of time. The second
part, The Mermaid’s Tale, turns back time to when the poet learned from Athen’s Pentelic pillars and the soft glow of lantern light in a little Mediterranean village by the sea. In the final part, What We Are Formed by Nature to Bear reveals notes falling/falling notes to pipe
us over the threshold into a harvest of ordinary/extraordinary beauty and truth.
Nancy Mackenzie is the author of several books of poetry and books for children. Her novel, Nerve Line, was published by Ekstasis Editions in 2014. A dressage enthusiast and long-time fan of horseracing, Mackenzie lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She operates a professional writing and editing service called Bronze Horse Communications.
Anne Sorbie was born in Paisley, Scotland and she lives in Calgary. Her fiction, poetry, essays and book reviews have been published by The University of Alberta Press, Frontenac House, and House of Blue Skies; in magazines and journals such as Alberta Views, Geist, and Other Voices; and online with Brick Books, CBC Canada Writes, Geist, and Wax Poetry and Art. You can find Anne’s recent essay, “Whisper Talk,” in the Waiting Anthology, (University of Alberta Press, September 2018). Her novel, Memoirs of a Good Death, was published with Thistledown Press in 2010. Inanna Publications will publish Anne’s first collection of poetry, Falling Backwards Into Mirrors, in 2019.
Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. Known for her electric performance-style, making her a favorite of festivals around the world—she’s read, performed & taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.
In her poems, Wilson uses personal narrative to address themes of personal story, social justice, lost languages, bullying, violence against women and the earth. In 2017, she received her Doctor of Letters—Honoris Causa from Kwantlen University, after launching her new collection of poetry entitled, The Book of Sensations (U of C Press). In 2018 she released a full-length CD of poetry and music called Dragon Rouge. She is the current poet laureate of Calgary for the 2018-2020 term.