Sunday, November 5, 2017
12:00 am - 5:30 pm
On Sunday, November 5, the Katonah Poetry Series will complete its 50th anniversary celebration with a reading by noted Canadian poet Carla Funk. Funk was born and raised in one of the earliest Mennonite settlements in British Columbia. She now lives in Victoria, where she served as the city’s inaugural poet laureate from 2006 to 2008.
In her poetry, “Funk works between polarities as she sifts through nature, the sacred, the rural, and the past while giving way to the urgings of the profane, the urban, and the present.” (Gillian Sze, Rhubarb) She has published five books of poetry including Gloryland (Turnstone Press, 2016), Apologetic (Turnstone, 2010), and The Sewing Room (Turnstone, 2006). Her work has appeared in seven anthologies, including Hammer & Tongs: A Smoking Lung Anthology (Smoking Lung Press, 1999) and Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets (Harbour Publishing, 1995).
Carla Funk completed a BFA in Writing and English and an MA in English Literature at the University of Victoria, where she taught for more than fifteen years. She currently runs independent writing workshops and retreats. In 2012, she won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award and she is currently polishing a creative nonfiction collection about small-town childhood and spiritual imagination. “Better than anyone, Carla Funk finds words for the rural, the north, the troubled family, and for ‘that feeling when the world goes wrong and true.’ Reading this book makes me shiver with delight. This is a writer who’s been baptized with the dark waters of poetry.” (Lorna Crozier, on Gloryland)
Doors of the Katonah Village Library Garden Room open at 3:30 pm. The reading will be followed by audience Q&A, a festive reception, and book signing with the poet. Copies of Funk’s books will be available for sale. The Katonah Village Library is located at 26 Bedford Road, an easy walk from the MetroNorth train station. Street parking is available. For further information, please visit www.katonahpoetry.com. The Katonah Poetry Series can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Katonah Poetry Series is funded in part by both The Jerome Levy Foundation and Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Founded in 1967, KPS is a non-profit program under the auspices of the Katonah Village Library. Past readers have included nine Poets Laureate of the United States, eleven winners of the National Book Award and sixteen winners of the Pulitzer Prize.
Event Location and Ticket Information
Katonah Village Library
26 Bedford Road
Katonah, NY 10536
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Times: 12:00 am - 5:30 pm
Presenter: Katonah Poetry Series
Presenter Phone: 914-232-3508
Presenter Website: www.katonahpoetry.com