Monday, March 06, 2006

CBC Poetry Face-Off


The Fifth Annual CBC Poetry Face-Off

Thursday, March 9, 2006 – 7:30 pm
@ The Auburn – 163, 115 9 Ave SE
(at the base of the Calgary Tower)

The Competitors:

David Bateman
Xstine Cook
Michael Green
Stuart Ian McKay
Angela Simmons

Host: Jeff Collins
Judges: Leslie Greentree, John Spittal and Sheri-D Wilson

CBC Radio One Broadcast: One poem per day, March 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Winner announced on Friday, March 17

Poetic punches will fly during CBC Radio's fifth annual Poetry Face Off! This popular Canada-wide competition brings together 70 primed poets in 14 cities stretching from Victoria to Dawson City to St. John's. From January to March, five poets in each locale, commissioned by CBC regional producers to reflect local voices and traditions, will face off before a live audience and deliver their words on this year's theme - 'Irresistible'. At each sporting event, the spectators vote for their favourite, and the winner goes on to compete in the national final.

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The Competitors

David Bateman is a highly-respected performance artist who has drawn accolades across North America; his debut book of poetry, Invisible Foreground, traces a journey through life fraught with tenderness and terror.

Xstine Cook is the Founder of CAOS and the International Festival of Animated Objects. She also Co-Founded Green Fools, through whom she created original performances for over 13 years using stilts, whips, fire, masks, puppets and poetry. Currently she makes short puppet films. Poetry is a long-standing unrequited passion, now coming to bloom. Xstine won the right to compete in this yaer’s Poetry Face-Off at the first monthly Calgary Poetry Slam. Her poem was chosen out of 16 competitors by judges Allan Boss, Kirk Miles and Ali Riley.

Michael Green is a co-founder and co-artistic director of One Yellow Rabbit, and a member of the permanent performing ensemble. His book of plays, Dreams of a Drunken Quaker – Two Plays and a Rant, was published by AB Press in 1992.

Stuart Ian McKay is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the League of Canadian Poets. His first book, Stele of Several Ladies – a long poem, was published last year. Recently, he won CBC’s Alberta Anthology for the second time. Stuart plays well with others.

Angela Simmons’ writing career spans over thirty years. Poetry has remained her most consistent genre, although she works as a freelance writer, photographer, publisher and editor of YouthInkIT Magazine, a publication written by and for youth in Calgary. She facilitates journalism workshops with youth in schools throughout Alberta.


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