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REF NO.: 107

SUBJECT: Noted poet to read at Memorial University

DATE: Jan. 13

            John Barton, award winning poet and editor of the internationally celebrated quarterly The Malahat Review, will be reading from his new book Hymn on Monday, Jan.17, at 7 p.m. in Memorial University’s Reid Theatre.
            John Barton has published nine books of award-winning poetry and five chapters, including A Poor Photographer (Sono Nis, 1981), Hidden Structure (Ekstasis, 1984), Great Men (Quarry, 1990), Notes toward a Family Tree (Quarry, 1993), Designs from the Interior (Anansi, 1993), Sweet Ellipsis (ECW, 1998), Hypothesis (Anansi, 2001) Asymmetries, (Frog Hollow, 2004), and Hymn (Brick, 2009). A bilingual edition of West of Darkness: Emily Carr, a Self-Portrait was published by BuschekBooks in 2006. He is co-editor of Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets, which was published by Arsenal Pulp in 2007. He has won three Archibald Lampman Awards, the Patricia Hackett Prize (University of Western Australia), an Ottawa Book Award, a 2003 CBC Literary Award and a 2006 National Magazine Award.
            Since 1980, his poems have appeared in over 25 anthologies and 75 magazines (often more than once) across Canada and in the United States,
Australia, India and the United Kingdom. He worked as a librarian and editor for five national museums in Ottawa from 1985 - 2003, where he also co-edited Arc Poetry Magazine for 13 years and Vernissage: The Magazine of the National Gallery of Canada for two years. He lives in Victoria, B.C. Presently, he is writer- in-residence at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, N.B.
            The reading is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan.17 in the Reid Theatre. Admission is free. The reading is sponsored by the Department of English and hosted by the Pratt Committee.

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