Poetry Gabriola’s Open Mic presents Hornby Island poet Cornelia Hoogland

Lisa Webster-Gibson

Poetry Gabriola

Tuesday, August 13 2013

“The dark wood: scarlet wild berry, sour-hedge crab, huckleberry, salmonberry, aspen leaves in a frenzy. 

“What about wild animals.

No wonder I got twisted round that time with the wolf.”

Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Old Crow Café presents Hornby Island poet Cornelia Hoogland who will be reading from Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011), her sixth book of poetry. It is based on the fairy tale, Red Riding Hood, which is also the source of her play, Red, chosen to premiere at the Women Playwrights International in Stockholm, Sweden in 2012. Fountainhead Theatre in London, Ontario produced Red’s Canadian premiere in May. 

Her newest chapbook is titled Gravelly Bay (Alfred Gustav Press, 2012). Cornelia’s poetry, as well as her nonfiction, fiction and plays have been published and performed internationally. Cornelia has received writing awards from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and other arts organizations. Selections from her six books of poetry, two chapbooks and nonfiction have won numerous literary competitions and have been shortlisted for various CBC literary competitions, the Relit awards and the National Magazine Awards. 

Cornelia has taught writing and literature at the University of Western Ontario, UBC Okanagan, Simon Fraser University, and has led many seminars, workshops and tutorials both privately and through Poetry London, and at festivals and in school districts in Ontario and B.C. She lives on Hornby Island with her visual artist husband, Ted, and dog, Drummer. 

Visit www.corneliahoogland.wordpress.com and www.redridinghood2011.wordpress.com for more information.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.