The North issue—the 72nd in Arc’s long history of publishing the best of Canadian poetry—focuses on writing coming out of Canada’s high latitudes, with writers from Labrador, Yukon, Northern BC and other points north complemented by a variety of Arctic-polished writers from across Canada and beyond.
Watch the whole launch as a playlist here.
Or, you can watch Renellta Arluk, who spent her early years with her grandparents on a trapline in the Northwest Territories and now works in theatre across the country, read her poem from ‘The North’ issue, “Blue Collar, Red Trash.”
There is also Matt Jones, whose poems grew out of his experience with the military in Greenland, Nunavut, Alaska and Iceland, reading his ‘The North’ poem “Intervention.”
And Emily McGiffin, who reads several poems from her new book out from Brick Books, and including “Vörkuta,” from Arc’s ‘The North’ issue.
Thank you to our many sponsors for this event, including the Government of the Northwest Territories, Brick Books and Pressed. And thank you for the long-time support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.