Tuesday, December 9

Local Lights: Ruffo, Jones and LaPierre

Armand Garnet Ruffo

Acclaimed author and filmmaker, winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry

Armand Garnet Ruffo’s work is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Opening In The Sky (Theytus Books, 1994), At Geronimo’s Grave (Coteau, 2001), which won the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry, and the acclaimed Grey Owl: the Mystery of Archie Belaney (Coteau, 1997)). In 2010 his feature film A Windigo Tale won Best Picture at the 35th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. In 2013 he co-edited a new edition of An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (OUP). A creative biography, Man Changing Into Thunderbird, on the acclaimed Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau, along with a book of poetry, The Thunderbird Poems, will appear in 2014.


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Margo LaPierre

Margo LaPierre, our Local Light of 2014 returns with her first collection, Washing off the Racoon Eyes
Margo LaPierre is a Canadian poet and visual artist. Her poems have been published in The Feathertale Review, filling Station, The Riveter Review, Bywords Literary Quarterly, Petal Journal, the Antigonish Review, Echolocation, The Claremont Review, CAROUSEL and EAT IT: A Literary Cookbook of Food, Sex and Feminism. Her poem “Bear Skin Rug” received the silver award for Poetry in 2017 from the Alberta Magazine Publishers Awards. Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes is her first collection of poems. She currently lives in Toronto. For more information, visit her website at: www.margolapierre.com.
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Matt Jones

Winner of Arc's 2014 Reader's Choice Award

Matt Jones’ travels have taken him to Afghanistan, Greenland, Nunavut, Alaska, and Iceland. A feature reader at VERSeFest, his work was featured in Afghanistan: A Canadian Story. His poetry was published in Scintilla and Arc, where he won the Reader`s Choice Award in 2014. A previous editor of In/Words Magazine and a recent graduate from his MA in English, Matt lives, works and writes in Ottawa.


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