Ottawa Launch of “South Shore Suite…POEMS” Tuesday June 5, 7:00-9:00 PM Octopus Books

On June 5 at 7:30 PM, JC Sulzenko will read selections from her poetry collection, South Shore Suite…POEMS, published by Point Petre Publishing.

This is JC’s first full collection of narrative and lyrical poems. “A milestone year for Canada gave me the impetus to create a manuscript with both published and unpublished poems written over the course of four decades of my adult life. I am delighted that Point Petre Publishing included my work in its publishing program.”

The book takes its title from its first section, which contains poems rooted in the nature and landscape of Prince Edward County and written a line-a-day for more than a year. Its second section brings a wider lens to the natural world, including poems about experiences in Ottawa. Poetry that reflects on life choices made by people in diverse professions, from carpenter to composer, from lightkeeper to librarian, comprises the third part of the book.

“I held interviews in Ottawa and elsewhere with people I knew, and I sought out others whose work interested me. South Shore Suite…POEMS offers samples from both categories. Perhaps readers will recognize some local folks.”

The collection concludes with poems that illuminate moments ‘from cradle to grave.’

Why did Point Petre publisher Brian Flack choose this particular book? “To me, many poems in South Shore Suite use language beautifully and capture the universality of experience in an accessible way, which is not often apparent in contemporary poetry.”

This award-winning Glebe poet and writer is well known through her workshops and poetry residencies for emerging, young writers. She has published six books for children. The most recent, What My Grandma Means to Say, takes a child by the hand in exploring how to handle dementia in the family. She also writes centos and found poetry for which she uses a pseudonym.

This summer JC’s work will be featured in County CollAboRaTive, the 25thAnniversary celebration of the Prince Edward County Studio Tour, and on the Redenersville Road Art Tour on Labour Day weekend.

She has collaborated with Carleton Place poet Carol A. Stephen on two chapbooks, Breathing Mutable Air and Slant of Light. Together, they are seeking a publisher for their new collection of poems inspired by works of art.

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