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Heartwood: Calgary Launch & Beyond Forgetting: Celebrating 100 Years of Al Purdy

October 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the Calgary Launch of the national anthology, Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees 

Calgary Launch – Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees
Friday, October 5, 2018
Poetry @ 6:00PM, followed by a screening of Call of the Forest
Unitarian Hall, 1703 – 1 St. N.W. Calgary 

* Clara Joseph
* Monica Kidd
* Cassy Welburn
* Sheri-D Wilson
Calgary’s Poet Laureate, Sheri-D Wilson, and the League of Canadian Poets invite you to join us for the Calgary launch of Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees. This beautiful event is a celebration of trees & poetry and is in support of the Call of the Forest imitative protecting trees in Canada.  

This event will feature readings from many of the Alberta contributors to Heartwood. We’ll also be having a special screening of Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees.

Beyond Forgetting: Celebrating 100 Years of Al Purdy, an anthology of poems written in tribute to Al Purdy

* Kat Cameron
* Dymphny Dronyk
* Sid Marty

About Call of the Forest: In a theatrical feature and 1-hour television documentary, we follow visionary scientist, conservationist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, on her journey to the most beautiful forests of the northern hemisphere. From the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan, the ancient Raheen Wood of Ireland, the walnut and redwood trees of America, to the great boreal forest of Canada, Beresford-Kroeger tells us the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet. 

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

From the publisher:
We must turn to the poets to expand dreams. This is because trees are the parents to the child deep within us. Forests bear silent witness to the tides of time upon which we will be judged. Trees are a gift of the galaxies, their fabric a web of stardust. The web holds nothing, a void from nowhere. This is the playground of the poets, the great plane of creation. The entire music of the universe is held in the trees. It is amplified again, again, and again within the forest. To listen to this music is to meditate. Taken alone, this is sufficient reason to make all forests sacred. And us accountable.
~ Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of The Sweetness of a Simple Life and The Global Forest: 40 ways trees can save us”

You can find out more about the Heartwood Anthology project here. Copies of the book will be for sale!

NOT IN CALGARY? Launches of Heartwood are planned and coming up in Ottawa, Victoria, and other regions TBD! Keep an eye on the League of Canadian Poets page for updates!  


October 5, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


League of Canadian Poets


Unitarian Church of Calgary
1703 First Street N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2M 4P4 Canada
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