The next author in the reading series offered by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council will be local poet and novelist Joe Denham, whose work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. Joe Denham’s poetry collection “Regeneration Machine” won the Canadian Authors Association’s Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry (2016). Denham’s work includes several other critically acclaimed collections of poetry – “Night Haul, Morning Set” (2002), “Flux” (2003), “Windstorm” (2010) and “Landfall” (2017) – as well as a novel published in 2011, “The Year of Broken Glass”.
In “Regeneration Machine”, Denham faces the trauma of his friend Nevin Sample’s suicide, and struggles with conflicting emotions of grief, remorse and anger as he attempts to find meaning in a society that has lost its way. In “The Year of Broken Glass”, Denham follows Francis Wichbaun across the Pacific Ocean against a backdrop of worldwide seismic devastation while confronting “pervasive feelings of disappointment and disillusionment”.
Joe Denman’s writing is nourished by his passionate feelings for nature and environmental issues, and his poetry style is both elegiac and compassionate. The evening promises to be inspiring particularly to readers of poetry and fiction who are concerned with fundamental questions concerning the environment.
Joe Denham will be reading and discussing his work on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. The reading series is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts. Admission by donation.