The Aqua Lansdowne is Manitoba's largest poetry prize. Hosted in conjunction with the Writers Collective of Manitoba, this series celebrates the best in Manitoba poetry.
On Thursday, January 27, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Aqua Books will be presenting Bertrand Nayet with Ariel Gordon and Dennis Cooley.
This event is bilingual, featuring English-to-French translations of Gordon and Cooley's work by Charles Leblanc and French-to-English translations of Nayet's work by Mark Stout.
Born in France, Bertrand Nayet lives in St. Norbert. He has published in various magazines and anthologies. He also writes, directs and performs with various theatre troupes in Manitoba.
Ariel Gordon is a writer whose book of poetry, Hump, was published in 2010. How to Prepare for Flooding, a collaboration with designer Julia Michaud, is forthcoming in 2011.
Since 1973 Dennis Cooley has lived in Winnipeg where he has taught, edited, and written. He is currently president of the Manitoba Writers' Guild.
Mark Stout works as a freelance translator and translation instructor for the translation certificate program at Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface (CUSB).
Charles Leblanc is a St. Boniface translator, writer, editor, actor and poet. He won the Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault at the 2005 Manitoba Book Awards for L’appétit du compteur.
Both Nayat and LeBlanc are founding fathers of Le Collectif post-neo-rieliste, a group of French-speaking Manitoba creators. They also collaborate on the programming of Le Foyer des Écrivains, the French side of THIN AIR, The Winnipeg Interntional Writers’ Festival.
Upcoming in the Poetry Series
Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 pm
Poet John Weier, with hannah_g and Catherine Hunter
Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Poet Charlene Diehl, with Stacy Doiron and Kerry Ryan