Join us for a (virtual) evening with Bruce Rice, Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan! Bruce will be reading from and talking about his latest collection of poetry, The Vivian Poems: Street Photographer Vivian Maier.
When street photographer Vivian Maier’s life’s work of 140,000 prints, negatives and Super 8 films was discovered in a storage locker auction, the media called her the “mystery nanny.” Bruce Rice shows us a documentarian who can be compassionate, funny, abrasive, meditative–and who is always deeply aware of her times. These pages are a reading of the work, which is all we have that comes from Maier herself. Barry Dempster calls these poems, “beautiful…deep and full of consolation.”
Bruce Rice is the current Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, and an editor and essayist. He grew up in Prince Albert and returned to the province after ten years in the Maritimes. Bruce holds a B.A. from Saint Thomas and a MSW degree from Dalhousie University. Bruce writes about community, reclaiming the voices of those who live on the margins, and how we are transformed by landscape even as we leave our footprints on it.
Bruce’s most recent collection, The Vivian Poems, on the life and work of street photographer Vivian Maier, gives a voice to the work of this complex artist who captured her times while she worked as a nanny for well-to-do families in Chicago.
Bruce’s previous book, The Trouble With Beauty (Coteau), received the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, and Life in the Canopy (Hagios/Radiant), was nominated for Saskatchewan Book of the Year. Bruce has collaborated with artists on performances incorporating dance, music and film. Rice’s first book, Daniel, won the Canadian Author’s Association Award, and one reviewer called it “a tour de force of voice.”
His work ranges from social document and critique to meditations on art, landscape and wilderness. He says, “I became a better poet when I surrendered to beauty.” Bruce lives in Regina, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Territory and the homeland of the Métis.
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Meeting ID: 802 632 2551