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The Poetry and Etymology of Places and People with Poet, Bruce Hunter

Muskoka Authors Association celebrates Poetry Month in April in Canada with guest speaker, Poet, Bruce Hunter on Wednesday, April 13 via ZOOM CONFERENCING. Bruce will speak to the powerful poetry and etymology of places and people, and the necessary fictions in writing about them.

On the eve of his 70th birthday in May, Bruce Hunter continues to be a robust writer in several genres, and an active editor, speaker and mentor to writers, beginning, emerging and established. In 2022, his most recent book was published in Italy, Una Vita in Poesia (A Life in Poetry). In 2021, his memoir essay, “This is the Place I Come to in My Dreams” based on his novel and his poetry, was shortlisted for the Alberta Magazine Publishers’ awards for essays. And he is a new grandfather of seven month old Julian!

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Bruce was deafened as an infant and afflicted with low vision much of his adult life. He is a lifetime member of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and the CNIB, as well as long-time member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

In his early teens Bruce discovered reading and writing poetry as a compass to navigate in a chaotic world. In poetry, he could hear and be hard. Alter high school, he worked for ten years as a labourer, equipment operator, Zamboni driver, and completed his apprenticeship as a gardener and arborist. In his late twenties, his published poetry won him a scholarship to the Banff School of Fine Arts to study with W.O. Mitchell and Irving Layton. From there he went on to York University for studies in film and literature and taught in the creative writing department before landing a tenured position at Seneca College.

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Bruce taught for 25 years at Seneca, where he created the poetry and spoken word workshops based on a pan-cultural curriculum. He also developed and ran two campus learning centres supporting special needs and language across the curriculum.

To learn more about Bruce Hunter, visit https://brucehunter.ca/

Fee: MAA Members: Free, Non-Members: $20

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