Literary Editions 2023

Another spring poetry event has come and gone. The Press’s first hybrid event saw about 80 people in attendance, evenly split between the listening party in Henderson Hall (adjacent to our office) and online.

It was a pleasure to hear the three poets read from their new collections: Joe Bishop, Sonya Ruth Greckol, and Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike.

Jennifer Bowering Delisle was a fantastic host, setting a lovely tone at the beginning, showing poise and humour in moments of technical difficulties, and posing great questions to the poets at the end.

Thank you to the Edmonton Poetry Festival for all of the ways it supported the event and to Glass Bookstore for selling books. 

Comments from the Chat

Indie Rock by Joe Bishop
Lovely reading!! Thanks so much!!!
Beautiful! Thanks, Joe! Great imagery!
Great job, Joe!
Fabulous, Joe, loved the “Irish” especially.
Joe, that was a wonderful reading. Thanks so much for bringing in the ghosts and the sea, singing to the hooks in your deeps. You’ve left me with much to revel in.

Monitoring Station by Sonja Ruth Greckol
Evocative work! Thanks so much!!
Beautiful reading, wonderful book, thank you.
Thank you, Sonja! “Mobius” speaks for so many of us.
Terrific detail. Thank you, Sonja. Provocative reading.
Beautiful reading, thanks Sonja.

there’s more by Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike
Fabulous reading, Uche! Thanks so very much!!!
Powerful! And then delightful. Intense… Thank you!
Thank you, Uche — such moving work.
Powerful words, Uche, and drama in your voice.

And overall…
This was a fabulous event!!! Thanks so much everyone!
All wonderful readings! Thanks to UAlberta Press and the poets and thanks for making this livestream available to us who are far away from Edmonton.
Thanks for a lovely event.
Thanks to the poets and the organizers and hosts!
This is such a fantastic event!!
Thank you for enabling us to attend this great event from everywhere in Canada. And many thanks to the poets for sharing their work and answering questions.
Thank you to the poets and the University of Alberta Press.

Books Attendees Were Reading

Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton.
Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination by Julie Cruikshank.
Is Racism an Environmental Threat? by Ghassan Hage.
Come Back in September by Darryll Pinckney.
Lampedusa by Steven Price.
Flesh of My Flesh by Kaja Silverman.
On Beauty by Zadie Smith.