Cornelia Hoogland will be presenting our Eco-Arts Salon in April.
ECO-ARTS SALON – NOTE THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL SALON ON THE 2ND WEDNESDAY
We will also host a Salon on our regular 4TH WEDNESDAY
When: Wednesday April 11 from 7-9:00pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre
Admission – FREE
Eco poet Cornelia Hoogland from London, Ontario and Hornby Island will give a presentation and workshop.
The Girl in Red, The (en)Dangered Woods
Hoogland’s book Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011) is the source of this workshop/reading that leads participants through the woods into the dark underpinings of the fairy tale Red Riding Hood. Hoogland uses slides, poetry, discussion and storytelling to stimulate the images and metaphors of participants’ own understandings of the fairy tale (to use, if they wish, in their art forms).
The more we can tease out the similarities and differences among tales, the closer we can get to its power and meanings. After tens of thousands of retellings of Red Riding Hood, what remains? What has changed? Who/what is truly dangerous today?
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Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011) is Hoogland’s 5th book of poetry, and is based on the fairy tale, Red Riding Hood. Her 6th book is Crow (Black Moss Press, 2011). Hoogland’s poetry has been shortlisted for the CBC literary awards; the nominations include selections from her books Cuba Journal as well as her second and third books of poetry You Are Home and Marrying the Animals. Her recent awards include finalist placements for the Stephen Dunn Poetry Award, The Broome Review (USA); the Malahat Review Long Poem Competition; and Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem. Her writing in the area of Aboriginal, place-based education was recently featured in the Huffington Post. Hoogland is the founder and artistic director of Poetry London (www.poetrylondon.ca), an organization that brings prominent writers into lively discussion with London writers and readers. She teaches at the University of Western Ontario.
She has two new books published this spring and summer:
Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011) — Jeanette Lynes says “Red Riding Hood like you’ve never encountered her before. Hoogland has nailed it in this chilling contemporary re-telling of the age-old tale. Layered and smart as hell.” In Woods Wolf Girl the wolf is not only a predator, he is also life-giving. The wolf shows Red where she is, the green world of which she is a part. “Look where you are,” he says. This forked moment not only leads into the woods, it leads Red into an experience resonant with sights and sounds and smells, as well as to her own animal instincts that as a good girl she had been taught to disregard. Read her recent reviews:
Crow (Black Moss Press, 2011) –– “Crow is a collection that calls out from the backyards, the private moments and the global conflicts that shape our understanding with stark grace and the subtle obscenity of nature.” — Robert Earl Stewart
Haida Gwaii, B.C.,
of crows and ravens are vivid.
Being in their presence
and hearing their strong talk
changed my life.
I stood on the beach at Rose Spit
where the world began;
where, from out of the clam shell,
Raven plucked the first humans.
In the gravel margins
of the Trans Canada,
and in the backyards and alleys
of my many homes in cities
across Canada, raven’s
poor cousin, crow, has been