Join Ariel Gordon for the Halifax launch of Treed: Walking in Canada's Urban Forest, featuring Brian Bartlett.

About Treed - With intimacy and humour award-winning poet Ariel Gordon walks us through the streets of Winnipeg and into the urban forest that is, to her, the city’s heart. Along the way she shares with us the lives of these urban trees, from the grackles and cankerworms of the spring, to the flush of mushrooms on stumps in the summer and through to the red-stemmed dogwood of the winter. After grounding us in native elms and ashes, Gordon travels to BC's northern Rockies, to Banff National Park and a cattle farm in rural Manitoba, and helps us to consider what we expect of nature. Whether it is the effects of climate change on the urban forest or foraging in the city, Dutch elm disease in the trees or squirrels in the living room, Gordon delves into our relationships with the natural world with heart and style. In the end, the essays circle back to the forest, where the weather is always better and where the reader can see how to remake even the trees that are lost.

About Ariel Gordon - Ariel Gordon is the author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Recent projects include the anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times, co-edited with Tanis MacDonald and Rosanna Deerchild. She is based in Winnipeg but lived in Halifax when she attended the school of journalism at the University of King's College.

About Brian Bartlett - Brian Bartlett has published seven collections of poetry (including The Watchmaker’s Table and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems) and two books of prose (Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar and All Manner of Tackle: Living with Poetry). His writing has won numerous prizes, including the Atlantic Poetry Prize, The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize and the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. Bartlett lives in Halifax. The Bookmark will be in attendance selling books.

Location: 
Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (1113 Marginal Road), Halifax
Date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 
Ariel Gordon, 204 510-6649, janeday@mymts.net