Two powerful female poets whose works offer political and social commentary discuss the form. Oana Avasilichioaei acts as moderator.
Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet, translator and editor whose poetry collections include We, Beasts (winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry) and feria: a poempark. In recent years, Avasilichioaei has also been mapping poetry into performative sound work (oanalab.com) and translates poetry and prose from Romanian and French. She has also edited several magazine issues, including Poetry in Translation. Avasilichioaei presents the collection Limbinal, which intersects prose fragments with incantatory dialogues, poetic footnotes with photographic phrases and rebellious translations with liquid transpositions.
Ellen Bass is a writer of both poetry and non-fiction. Her work has frequently been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Sun and many other journals. Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Larry Levis Prize and the New Letters Prize. She is currently a core faculty member of the MFA writing programme at Pacific University. Bass presents her most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, which offers a vivid look at how life’s ordinary moments provide glimpses into the divine.
Erín Moure has published 16 books of poetry in English and Galician/English, a book of essays, and has translated 15 volumes of poetry from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese, by poets such as Nicole Brossard (with Robert Majzels), Andrés Ajens, Louise Dupré, Rosalía de Castro, Chus Pato, Fernando Pessoa, as well as chapbook by Yuri Izdryk (with Roman Ivashkiv). Her work in Canada has received the Governor General's Award, Pat Lowther Memorial Award, A.M. Klein Prize twice, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize. Her latest works are Insecession, a bio-poetics published with Chus Pato’s Secession (BookThug 2014) and Kapusta (Anansi, 2015), a sequel to her book The Unmentionable (Anansi 2012); both the latter books speak of the second world war as lived in Ukraine and northern Alberta. She lives in Montreal.