Trevor Carolan will read with fellow poets Daniela Elza and Robert Martens on Monday

Poets and professors make for ‘soulful night’

UFV pulls together a night of love for Harrison Festival of the Arts

Summer love.  Don’t we all remember it well? The Literary Café at this year’s Harrison Festival of the Arts considers summer love through the works of three poets and a musician. As always, the café is presented by Continuing Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley in cooperation with the festival.

This year, UFV English professor and prolific writer Trevor Carolan will read along with fellow poets Daniela Elza and Robert Martens, Monday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. at Harrison Memorial Hall. Entertainment will be provided by alt-country musician and former UFV student Franklyn Currie.

“We’ll be presenting poetry, songs and music that ranges from down home to downtown, local and cosmopolitan,” notes Carolan. “Daniela will sing at least one of her works, a wedding celebration poem, in a beautifully haunting Bulgarian style and I’ll read at least one of my poems in Gaelic; maybe sing a little blues poem from New York in there too. Robert Martens was raised in Yarrow and he’s as local to the valley as blueberry cobbler and Jubilee sweet-corn.”

The artist will address the theme of summer love in its many manifestations.

“Franklyn sings about growing up in the valley, about young love and heartaches. Daniela and I write poems about family love, about the wonder of maturing love, about love that transcends physical passing,” says Carolan. “Robert writes poems that come right out of the ground here, spiritual poetry, with a Mennonite heart.  It’ll be a soulful night with good vibes and the magic of Harrison Lake.”

Acclaimed literary journalist Trevor Carolan collaborates frequently with musicians and artists. His many books include translations, anthologies and a novel, The Pillowbook of Dr. Jazz. His work has appeared in five languages and includes the contemporary Asian fiction anthologies The Lotus Singers and Another Kind of Paradise. He teaches English and Creative Writing at UFV and was recently featured in UFV’s new Skookum magazine.

Daniela Elza has published work in more 50 publications. In 2011, she completed her doctorate in philosophy of education and launched her first e-Book: The Book of It.

Robert Martens is a Fraser Valley favourite who returns to the Literary Cafe. He earned a BA in English literature from SFU, and his writing on local history and culture has earned him recognition as Literary Artist of the Year in Abbotsford.

Tickets for the Literary Café are $12 at the door. They can also be ordered at 796-3664.

Just Posted

Trial dates set for three men accused of 2017 killing near Hope

Lawyers for the accused appeared in Kelowna at B.C. Supreme Court on Monday

Wildfire threatens weekend campers at Chehalis Lake

The fire started on the north side of Chehalis Lake Saturday

Abbotsford council OKs bus-to-SkyTrain plan

Fraser Valley Express would begin running to Lougheed Station by start of 2021

Chilliwack community group gathering to benefit youth health centre

Chilliwack Citizens for Change planning tailgate party for CHYC

PET CARE: Canada Day tips for our pet’s anxiety

Columnist Nicolette Joosting examines different ways to help your pets relax through the celebration

VIDEO: Reading splashes into Agassiz’s Ferny Coombe Pool

The Agassiz Library held its annual Reading in the Pool event Friday, June 14

Grey-haired bank robber hit with dye pack in Langley heist

Police are looking for an older man who may be stained with dye

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

New Lower Mainland bistro caters to board game fans and families

Local food and games at every table is the formula for the new business

Most Read