The 3rd Annual
CCLA Art and Lit Fest
Sunday, August 2nd
Held in Canada and Cuba
The theme of this year’s event is
“A Reunion of the Poetry Family”
See below for
Bring the Family!!!
The theme of this year’s event is
“A Reunion of the Poetry Family”
Artist booths, literary and book booths, children and adult workshops,
refreshments, live in the park readings and music
with a special readings in the evening.
Stay tuned for more information. We have booth/table space available for artists and authors.
We will have readings during the day in Memorial Park from Noon to 3pm. See below for times and names of readers.
Visitors should bring a lawn chair or blanket for the in the park readings.
We will have an evening reading at the China King Restaurant - Launching the new Al Purdy anthology "And Left a Place to Stand On". Authors from the book will be reading.
This one day CCLA Art and Lit Fest is linked to the Stellar Literary Festival and the Purdy Country Literary Festival.
We will be publishing a CCLA Art and Lit Fest anthology with work considered by workshop contributors, booth participants and readers.
You can navigate through this webpage quickly with the list of links on the left top of this page.
The theme of this year’s event is
“A Reunion of the Poetry Family”
( 1/2 way between Kingston and Toronto on Lake Ontario. 401 hwy exit 509 )
Memorial Park - Downtown Brighton - you can't miss it.
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
During the day in Memorial Park:
11am to 4:00pm
In the evening at China King:
Meet and Greet / Dinner with the authors - 5:30pm
Readings - 6:30 - 7:30pm
1/2 hour break
Readings - 8pm to 9pm
All are Welcome!!! Tell a friend!!! Bring your family!!!
Listening to readings in the park - 2007
Support our CCLA Affiliate Members
The Temple Bookstore - http://www.thetemplebookstore.com
Stellar Showcase Journal - http://www.stellarshowcasejournal.com/
Janet Richards - 2007
"Spilling to the Sky"
A literary reading in Memorial Park
Imaginary Cuba: Susan Lynn Reynolds will be facilitating a series of writing-on-thespot exercises using various prompts and triggers intended to send poets' on an inner journey to a Caribbean landscape from which they will return laden with gifts from the Muse.
Sketch: Susan Lynn
Reynolds is a writer and an accredited writing instructor in the
Amherst Writers and Artists method. Her novel Strandia won the
CLA’s national YA Novel of the Year award, and she won the Timothy
Findley Creative Writing Prize three years in a row for her short
stories and poetry. She leads one
writing workshops all over southern Ontario, but she has been teaching
writing weekly to female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre
for four years. She received the 2007 June Callwood Award for
Outstanding Volunteerism for that program. Find Sue at -
"And Left a Place to Stand on"
the launch of the Al Purdy A-frame fundraiser anthology
Author Reading List to follow.
China King Restaurant
8 Alice Street, Brighton, Ontario
See info about the restaurant - click here
(Across from town hall / library,
east of Sobey's with plenty of parking)
Meet the authors - dinner / social gathering - 6:00pm
Readings - 7:00 - 9:00pm
Reader List with Bios
List of readers:
(click on author names to see bio)
– Allan Briesmaster
– John. B. Lee
– Ruth Walker
Biographical Sketch of MC: James Dewar is the organizer and host of the popular Toronto series, Hot-Sauced Words. Now in its third year, this innovative, fun show is unique in its emphasis on audience participation and on-the-spot poetry challenges.
His first book of poetry, The Garden in the Machine was published by Hidden Brook Press (March 2007). A freelance writer for the last five years, he has contributed dozens of stories and articles to various magazines and publications. His 2005 chapbook, Guys in Garages sold out all three printings. James’ poetry has also been selected for several anthologies and literary journals.
He is currently the Public Relations Director for the Writer’s Circle of Durham Region and offers workshops on writing poetry, erotica, and poetry feature-reading and performance strategies.
James was also one of the 27 writers chosen to represent Canada during the international Random Acts of Poetry celebration in October 2007.
Allan Briesmaster is a freelance editor and literary consultant, and the author of nine books of poetry, including Interstellar (Quattro Books, 2007). Since 1998, working with several literary presses, he has been instrumental in the production of more than 50 books of poetry and non-fiction. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including, most recently, Carousel, Vallum, and The Literary Review of Canada, and he has given readings in venues from Halifax to Victoria. Allan lives in Thornhill, ON with his wife Holly, a visual artist with whom he has collaborated several times.
John. B. Lee:
John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of Brantford has travelled to Cuba on four separate occasions. Thus far three of those occasions have been under the banner of the CCLA. He and his wife will be returning to Cuba in the winter of 2009. This fall his book of Cuban poems, Island at the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea, will be released by Hidden Brook Press. His work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications. A recipient of over 60 prestigious awards, the most recent of his nearly fifty published books include But Where Were the Horses of Evening, and The Place That We Keep After Leaving. He lives in Port Dover where he works as a full time author.
Ruth Walker is a poet, writer, playwright, and editor.
credits include: Contemporary Verse 2, River King Poetry
Supplement (US), Rain Dog (UK) Canadian Children’s
Literature, online at UBC’s Terry and Creative Science
Journal, Words on Paper, and Regina Weese; several poetry
and fiction anthologies; and, one-act plays produced through Whitby
Courthouse Theatre and StoneCircle Theatre, Ajax. New poetry is
forthcoming in the Scottish journal Chapman and in Prairie
Fire in Manitoba.
"Dancing With Words"
A children's poetry workshop
Kimberley Elizabeth Grove
3 to 3:30pm
Kim Grove will be leading a poetry workshop for children called "Dancing With Words". Children will be challenged to write a poem about Canada that may be selected for a future edition of the CCLA literary journal, "The Ambassador".
Biographical Sketch: Kim is a freelance writer who is teaching writing to a women's group in Brighton and is currently organizing a short story writing program for children at her local library this summer. Check out her recent article about "Children and the arts" in the summer edition of Watershed Magazine.
Children's Art Discovery
Debbie St. Amant
All children are welcome to join us in Memorial Park
for an art filled experience.
1:30 to 2pm
Deb St. Amant is a primary school teacher
with special training in therapeutic art.
She is also active in developing curriculum
for native education.
We use the word booth loosely. There will be a designated area for art and lit booths and a designated area for art and lit tables. There will not be any walls, tables, easels or chairs provided. You will receive a chalk mark on the ground and all of the brighton fresh air that you can take in.
Booths will be allocated a 10 foot by 10 foot area where they will set up their tables and tents.
Tables will be allocated a 5 foot by 5 foot area where they can set up their table of books.
Please note the difference between booth and table space fees below.
CCLA Member Discount
FREE!!!!! If you are a CCLA member your table or gooth space is FREE!!!!!
Don't forget that CCLA membership is only $40.00 and pays for a 4 issue subscription of The Ambassador.
Space is limited
First Come First Served
– FREE!!! table or booth space for CCLA members
– Table space fee – Space for a 6 foot table – $15.00(there is not enough space to set up a 10x10 tent)
– Booth space One person fee – $25.00 Two persons sharing booth – $35.00
room to set up a 10 X 10 tent with tables inside that space
– Artist Co-op booth fee 15 X 15 (three or more artists in the same booth) – $50.00
room to set up a 10 X 10 tent with tables and easles outside the tent
– Art Gallery booth fee 20 X 20 (representing a commercial gallery) – $150.00
room to set up 10 X 10 tents with tables and easles outside the tent to a maximum of 20/20
– Corporate Sponsor Booth - 10 X 10 booth, permission to pass out flyers, corporate logo
and hot link from this website with email on this site directly to you. A public
announcment thanking you for being a corporate sponsor. We will mention you in
our E-newsletter and in our printed periodical - The Ambassador. $250.00
Remember that tables and chairs are not provided.
Bring your own shade if possible but most of the table
and booth space is in an area that is shaded by trees.
- Exhibitors are recommended to bring their own shade as not all areas will be under trees. Bring anchors for your tents, umbrellas, tables, rocks to hold down your books and papers, etc.
- Bring plastic in case of rain, easels for art and books.
- Bring your own tables and chairs.
- Bring a floor mat or small rug. Grass is sometimes damp and cold. If you bring a mat or rug it will protect the grass and your cloths.
- There is no electricity so don’t bring your light display - do not bring a generator to run lights.
Richard Grove - firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-475-2368
Make cheque payable to:
Canada Cuba Literary Alliance
Mail your payment to:
CCLA Art and Lit Fest
109 Bayshore Road
Send us a SASE with a note and your cheque and we will mail you a recept.
There will be no refunds.
Contact Sandi McConnell for all of your travel needs
email@example.com or 613-475-9842
8 Alice Street
Make a reservation and go for dinner or lunch.
Stay at a retreat in Presqu'ile Provincial Park
"A gathering of thePeople's Poetry Tribes"
The Second Annual
See below for an email report on the success of the Purdy Fest
It was a great success.
For events info contact:
P.O. Box 69
Canada, K0K 2M0
Friday, August 1st – Meet & Greet – Visitors can get acquainted at a riverside meet and greet on Friday evening, Aug. 1, in the hamlet of Malone at ZenRiver Gardens. Poets are encouraged to bring their books to sell and trade, and Tai Grove of Hidden Brook Press (Brighton) is setting up a large tent to display his selection of Quinte area authors. There is the possibility of visual artists also displaying at ZenRiver Gardens.
Saturday, Aug. 2 – Noon to 1:30 – a symposium on Al Purdy and People's Poetry will be at the Madoc Public Library. Presenters include Allan Briesmaster, Jeff Seffinga and Terry Barker.
Saturday, Aug. 2 – 3 pm at the Marmora Inn. Poety reading – the editors of "Crossing Lines: poets who came to Canada in the Vietnam War era", Allan Briesmaster and Michael Berzensky, will host a reading by poets in this anthology. James Deahl, Daniel Kolos, the editors and others will read at The Marmora Inn. "Crossing Lines" is reviewed in this issue of "Umbrella".
Saturday, Aug. 2 – 5:30 pm with music by Morley Ellis. Another dam poetry reading' will take place on a tiny island in the middle of the Marmora dam. Scheduled readers include Paul Brown (Belleville), Katharine Beeman (Montreal), Jim Larwill (the wilds of Quebec, where he's been living with a pack of wild wolves), Paulos Ioannou (Toronto), Kemeny Babineau and others. Everyone is invited to read one poem in the Open Set.
Sunday, Aug 3, 1pm, ZenRiver Gardens – The Canada-Cuba Literary Alliance will also feature a group reading, hosted by Tai Grove and featuring R.D. Roy, James Deahl, Stella and Graham Ducker, Deborah Panko and Shane Joseph.
Sunday, Aug 3, 4pm, ZenRiver Gardens – features a full schedule of group events in Malone. There will be a group reading by The Valley Poets, including Becky Alexander, Katherine Gordon, Stella Preda, Wendy Visser, Stan White and others. This reading is scheduled to begin at 4 pm at ZenRiver Gardens retreat.
Monday, Aug 4 – Poets will visit the gravesite of Governor General poet Al Purdy in the settler cemetery in Ameliasburgh on their way home from PurdyFest on Monday afternoon.
If you are a CCLA member and would like to read please let me know
Richard Grove - firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an email report from Chris Faires
>Subject: best PurdyFest ever : )
>A quick note, as I'm totally fested out (versus infested) - to let you know
>that the final day of PurdyFest was also a super success. Great vibes, great
>readings, perfect weather, lots of old friends & new ones (Carol Malyon
>showed up again with Sonja Dunn). Terry, Jeff, Allan, Mick, Tai, Doogla,
>Katharine - Jim L. - 3 new Marmora inductees (John H., John, &
>D., Daniel Kolos, man, the list is just about endless, loved
>meeting & esp
>hearing Stan White, losing track of so many talented &
>friendly people ...
>Paulos showed up here this morning at 9 am (whole other
>story) ... man, better stop now.
>I only read one poem yestereday, & that was as an honourary Valley poet, -
>it was the last 'official'
>reading of the aft & PurdyFest, & I dedicated "Picnic with Al" to you, the
>absent heart of PurdyFest. It felt like the right thing to do, & I had
>several very positive comments on the poem & my reading (e.g. Melanie had
>read the poem, which I've posted in the outhouse, along with a PF flyer, but
>she said hearing it gave it so much more significance than reading it
>printed on a page).
>Jim Larwill noted that there was
>a donation box (trad. at Buddhist retreats)
>& that there were expenses
>involved with ZRG. I didn't expect any donations,
>at the most maybe $5 or
>$10, but the little wooden box had 4 $20 bills & totalled $125!!!
>Lots of people yesterday also 'got' the spirit of ZRG - both Carol & Sonja
>commented that it is a piece of heaven on earth.
>Hard to estimate the total # of people yesterday at ZRG - quick guess of
>40+. Honey & Henry showed up, & Henry videotaped the CCLA
>gave a haunting spiritual singing performance - notes rising
>high into the
>air above ZRG valley - man, she has a beautiful voice, &
>her first song was in Aramaic.
>So many individual observations, will
>try & write more down later, & also
>should send out as much of a
>'thank you' & info piece as requested by
>campers formed a tight little 'commune". They invited me to dinner, & as
>I was dying for a final beer after 3 days of excitement, & didn't want
>to drive until I had had my first meal since an early brunch, I accepted.
>All weekend I'd been feeling smug about eating at home while the campers ate
>cold beans ... man, Melanie is a gourmet camping cook - she's hiked around
>the world. We had BBQ salmon on skewers, finely sliced potatoes baked with
>herbs & butter, fresh salad, gourmet olives, apple pie, & a freshly carved
>watermelon. Man, I should have been eating with them every nite.
>Jim Larwill, Katharine Beeman, & Melanie & Simon kept the
>spotless, both around their campsites & everywhere else at
>ZRG. Even after
>yesterday's successful & well-attended events, ZRG
>So PurdyFest matured in its crucial sophomore year!
>The sophomore curse
>afflicts many musicians & authors, who pour their
>hearts & souls & years of
>creativity into their first effort, only
>to flounder when they are rushed to
>bring out their second production.
>PurdyFest certainly matured & showed the
>strength of the vision you,
>Terry & I shared when we first dreamt up
>PurdyFest. Uncle Al would be
>proud that you kept his vision alive as well.
>PurdyFest should enter its
>third year with a much-enlarged corps of
>PurdyFesters - poets who have
>attended one or 2 years & know the ropes & the
>positive & democratic & participatory framework.
>So much positive energy, so
>much good & sometimes brilliant poetry, so many
>'established' name poets
>willing to share their work for free with the
>neophyte People's Poets as
>well as their many peers.
>Poetry, politics, Zen vibes (thanks, Jim L. for
>your powerful PF mantra IT
>HAS TO BE FUN - & for your great laugh which
>is more freaking Zen than you know ...)
>gotta go walk Chase & poopify him,
>Chase had a great time - hundreds of pats & hugs &
>even my lonely Sube had several brothers for company :
>POETRY POWER! (truly reigned, not rained)
>p.s. so much serendipity - got a late nite
>call from Rob MacLeod - he's done
>a book review of Crossing Lines for a
>major industry publication, which
>he'll forward to me & I'll send on
>pps Tai's inspired clothesline of poem/prayer flags will keep the
>energy of PurdyFest blowin' in the wind for months to come thru the ZRG valley
PURDY COUNTRY LITERARY FESTIVAL #3
3rd annual CCLA Art & Lit Fest
Press Release June 12/09
The third annual PURDY COUNTRY LITERARY FESTIVAL (PurdyFest #3) and the CCLA Art & Lit Fest will again be held over the August holiday weekend. This year events have been expanded to five days and four locations: Malone pioneer hamlet, Marmora, Brighton, and Ameliasburgh. Co-organizer James Deahl has called PurdyFests "Woodstock for poets".
Activities begin on Thursday, July 30, with a HAIKU DAY garden party at ZenRiver Gardens retreat in Malone. Haijin Claudia Coutu Radmore will lead in the creation of a linked haiku sequence called renga, and all poets are invited to participate. Popular Marmora singer/songwriter Morley Ellis will perform at many of the Marmora area events.
Poetry activites continue on Friday, July 31, at ZenRiver Gardens, with the annual POETS FOR PEACE meeting chaired by Hamilton poet James Deahl scheduled for 3 pm. This will be followed by a casual MEET & GREET and POTLUCK SUPPER for participants. The elements willing, a campfire round robin poetry reading will complete the day.
On Saturday, August 1, a SYMPOSIUM ON AL PURDY will be held in the Marmora Library Building. Participants include poets David Day and James Deahl, and philosopher/author Terry Barker. In the evening ANOTHER DAM POETRY READING will take place on the island in the Marmora Dam. Over 40 poets have already committed to reading at PurdyFest #3, and many of these will be reading their poems published in the special Canadian issue of "Dreamcatchers'" magazine.
On Sunday, Aug. 2, events move to Brighton, 3rd Annual CCLA Art & Lit Fest, where they will be organized by Canada-Cuba Literary Alliance President Richard (Tai) Grove. Art and book display and sale with in the park launch of “And Left a Place to Stand On” from 11 to 4pm. Evening launch, dinner and party continues at China King Restaurant from 5 to 9pm. The launch of “And Left a Place to Stand On” is a fund raising anthology from Hidden Brook Press for the restoration of Purdy's historic A-frame house and the possible formation of a writers-in-residence program. <ttp://www.canadacubaliteraryalliance.org/A‑FrameBook.html>
On Monday, Aug. 3, there will be another PICNIC WITH AL in the little cemetery where Al Purdy is buried in Ameliasburgh.
All Purdy Country Literary Festival and CCLA Art & Lit Fest events are free, and in the democratic spirit of People's Poets Milton Acorn and Al Purdy, most events will offer everyone attending a chance to read at least one of their poems.
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PurdyFests have become an
increasingly important literary and cultural event. The highly published and
the yet-to-be-published meet and mingle on common ground in the ruggedly
beautiful countryside Purdy immortalized in his poem "The Country North of
Belleville". Dr. John Burke, who attended PurdyFest #2, described as
"transformative" readings by Ottawa poet Jim Larwill and Montreal poet
Stay Tuned: Other events will likely be planned for PurdyFest #3, and times and locations will be posted as they are confirmed. Limited rough camping is available, and information on area bed & breakfasts and motels can be obtained from the various township websites.
The theme of this year’s CCLA Art & Lit Fest
“A Reunion of the Poetry Family”
family and fellow poets
and reunite at the launch of
“And Left a Place to Stand On”.
For further information on PurdyFest #3,
please contact Chris Faiers at:
For further information on the CCLA Art & Lit Fest,
please contact Richard (Tai) Grove at:
Stay tuned for more information at
Booth space is available
for the CCLA Art & Lit Fest activities in Brighton
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