It’s May! Time to feature Adrienne Gruber, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Gregory Scofield, and Elana Wolff. We hope you can join us!
Supermarket’s back room doors open at 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7pm sharp and evening ends at 8:30pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for a voluntary donations. Here are the bios:
Adrienne Gruber is the author of two full-length collections, Buoyancy Control (BookThug) and This Is The Nightmare (Thistledown Press), and three chapbooks, Intertidal Zones (JackPine Press), Mimic (Leaf Press) and Everything Water (Cactus Press). Her poetry has been short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards, Arc’s Poem of the Year contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem contest. Her poem “The Rope” was selected for publication in the anthology, The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Adrienne was the recipient of the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Mimic and her poem Gestational Trail won The Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest in 2015. Originally from Saskatoon, Adrienne currently resides in Vancouver with her partner and two daughters.
Armand Garnet Ruffo’s writing is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage. His publications include Water Lily Woman, a long poem (Textualis Press, 2017), Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (Broadview, 2016), The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour, 2015) and Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (D&M, 2014), a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario and teaches at Queen’s University.
Gregory Scofield is Red River Metis of Cree, Scottish and European descent whose ancestry can be traced to the fur trade and to the Metis community of Kinesota, Manitoba. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in English at Laurentian University where he teaches Creative Writing, and previously served as writer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Memorial University. Scofield won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1994 for his debut collection, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel. In addition to several volumes of poetry, he is the author of the memoir, Thunder Through My Veins (1999), and his latest collection of poetry is Witness, I Am (2016). In 2016, The Writers’ Trust of Canada awarded Scofield with the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize.
Elana Wolff is the author of five solo collections of poems, most recently Everything Reminds You of Something Else, and a collection of essays on poems. She has also co-authored with the late Malca Litovitz a collection of rengas, co-authored a chapbook with Susie Berg, co-edited with Julie Roorda a collection of poems written to poets and the stories that inspired them, and co-translated with Menachem Wolff poems from the Hebrew by Georg Mordechai Langer. Her poetry has been translated and her poems and prose have garnered awards. She has taught English for Academic purposes at York University and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating social art courses.