Semiahmoo Arts is pleased to present the award-winning poet Cecily Nicholson. In From the Poplars,
Nicholson weaves a meditation on an unmarked, twenty-seven and a half acres of land in the North Arm of the Fraser River, held as government property. This ‘documentary poem,’ provides a kind of poetic, historical and critical portrait of the island, its people and those who have impacted upon either or both. In the words of one review, “it’s a call to arms for environmental consciousness, and a text monument of loss and shame.” 2017 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer in Residence at Simon Fraser University, Cecily Nicholson is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She belongs to the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and is a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University. Cecily is the author of Triage and From the Poplars, winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry.
We are thrilled to present this poetry reading along with our Awards ceremony for Double Exposure photographers and poets.
Double Exposure also generates opportunities for their connection and growth. Winning photographs in 5 categories will be appointed by C.A.P.A trained judges. Winning poems will be determined by writer and Surrey Treasure, Virginia Gillespie and by the author and co-ordinator of Surrey Muse, Fauzia Rafique. and poets will be invited to read their winning poems. There will be also be photography viewer’s choice award throughout the exhibition. The photography winners will be invited to showcase a larger body of work in an encore exhibition, Oct-Nov 2017.
This event will be held at the Turnbull Gallery at South Surrey Rec. & Arts Centre on Thursday, April 27th at 7 pm. It is free to attend.