Join us for a reading by feature poet, Naomi McIlwraith, with poems from her new collection, “kiyâm” – writing at the boundary between Cree and English.
We will have an open mic too, so bring your poems that cross language borders! French, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, Pig Latin…we want to hear it all! We love it when you read your own work, but you are also welcome to read poems by writers who inspire you.
Tuesday June 25
Rouge Lounge, 10111 117 Street, Edmonton
poems by Naomi McIlwraith
“Through poems that move between the two languages, McIlwraith exploresthe beauty of the intersection between nêhiyawêwin, the PlainsCree language, and English, âkayâsîmowin. Written to honourher father’s facility in nêhiyawêwin and her mother’sbeauty and generosity as an inheritor of Cree, Ojibwe, Scottish, andEnglish, kiyâm articulates a powerful yearning for family,history, peace, and love.”
ABOUT NAOMI MCILWRAITH:
Naomi McIlwraith serves as the current president of the Edmonton Stroll of Poets (2012-2013). Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, she has lived in Jasper, Yellowknife, Calgary, and Camrose, but once again calls Edmonton home. She has had a number of poems and essays published and her first book kiyâm was released by the Athabasca University Press in May 2012. Spring is a fitting time to publish kiyâm because Naomi’s spirit of adventure always gets the best of her at this time of year: she canoed from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1989, and she cycled across Canada in 1995. Her knees hurt sometimes now, so walking is a real privilege and it helps her find an outlet for too much thinking. Naomi is blessed to live near her family and to be able to continuing canoeing and cycling and reading and thinking and writing and teaching and talking.