Although the official publication date for my new collection of poems about music, Helpless Angels, isn’t until May 1, I’m happy to report that some launch readings have already been firmed up.
On Tuesday, May 9 at 7 pm at Shelf Life Books in Calgary AB, I’ll be reading with a former University of Calgary writing student of mine, John Creary. John is launching a wonderfully energetic first book of poems, Escape from Wreck City, that Vancouver’s Anvil Press is publishing in the spring.
On Friday, May 12 at 7:30 pm Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson BC, I’ll be doing the home-town launch of Helpless Angels. In keeping with the theme of the new book, famed jazz saxophonist Clinton Swanson will perform two sets as part of the evening’s experience.
On Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bean Scene Coffee House, 2923 – 30th Ave. in Vernon BC, I’ll be joined by the Lent, Fraser, Wall Trio. My launch will be combined with a concert by this dynamic Roots&Blues group of author/musician/educator John Lent and incredible guitarists Neil Fraser and Shelby Wall. Two of the poems in Helpless Angels are about this group in performance (I find them that memorable), so it’s a special thrill to appear with them.