Local poets featured as part of National Poetry Month

Three local poets will soon present their work as part of National Poetry Month.

Garry Gottfriedson, Barbara Ballé and Susan Buis will be at the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Gottfriedson, a cultural adviser and lecturer at Thompson Rivers University, was raised on rodeo and ranching and is an avid horseman with strong roots in Secwepemc cultural teachings. He has published nine books and his work has appeared in anthologies published within Canada and beyond.

Ballé is the author of a collection of 50 poems titled Life Jingling in My Pockets. She has also had poems and short stories featured in the Interior Authors Group anthologies, and in 2018 she won the Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Award for writing in appreciation of nature for her poem Urban Crow.

Buis teaches in the communications department at TRU and has collected awards for poems and nonfiction stories published in literary journals, including a recent feature in Poetry is Dead. Her writing has also been long-listed in CBC’s Canada Writes contest. Her chapbook Sugar for Shock won the John Lent prize and is available from Kalamalka Press. Her next work, Gatecrasher, will be available from Invisible Press in June.

The event is free to attend. To register, contact the library at 250-372-5145 or email questions@tnrd.ca.

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