On October 10, Jim Nason will launch his new book of poems into the world. Join poets Catherine Graham, David Bateman and myself as we read from our works as a way to open and celebrate the evening. All are welcome.
I will be bringing poetry prescriptions and the poetry booth overseas this fall to join Freedom from Torture’s biennial literary event, FREEDOM: NOT JUST ANOTHER WORD.
Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes and Tracy Chevalier, creator of Girl with a Pearl Earring will be performing alongside Women’s Prize for Fiction-winner Kamila Shamsie (Home Fire) and the EBRD Prize-winning novelist and former Freedom from Torture client Burhan Sönmez (Istanbul Istanbul). Survivors of torture from our creative writing group Write to Life will be reading some of their own powerful and moving pieces about 'freedom'.
“As an empathic observer, Bloom has captured feelings and associated impressions on the subject of mortality that are difficult to express, even for one experiencing them first-hand. This, along with the accessibility of her language, may lead some to consider her a Canadian contemporary People’s Poet, a kind of poet the country needs as much today as ever.”
— LAURIE ANNE FUHR, REVIEW OF THE MORE IN BYWORDS
“Whether looking inward or outward, Bloom writes with directness, ringing clarity and a quiet wisdom. These are poems as luminous as the gorgeous Mark Rothko print that graces the book’s cover.”
— BARB CAREY, THE TORONTO STAR