Who is Blaine Greenwood?

Blaine Greenwood, born in Viking Alberta 1951, is an educator by profession – with a career spanning from classroom teacher to museum educator and event planner. It is from this foundation that Blaine’s poetry has come to reflect his interest in psychology, history and spirituality. His verse has been described as “dark, homespun, sensual, rich with images.”

 

A selection of his poems have been published in the Interpscan Journal (Canada), in Our Journey (Oregon, USA), and in Mudlark Press’ Rags: Journal of Creative Writing 2003 2004 and on websites Astropoetica 2004, Vincent Van Gallery 2003. Performed in Philadelphia PA at Robyn’s Bookstore,

Blaine was one of the Coordinators of MOST VOCAL Poets Society.

He is currently one of the artistic directors of Lotos Land spoken word / poetry venue at Fort Macleod Alberta’s South Country Fair and a past main stage performer. He is currently the DJ for CKXU’s Not Your Mother’s Poetry and has participated in 100 Thousands Poets for Change event 2013 – 2015.

The title of Blaine’s first chapbook Walking Naked Down the Street describes the experience of a writer baring his soul to the public as well as some of Blaine’s earliest attempts at poetry. Blaine’s first book is Black Cat in the Shadows (Ekstatis Editions, 2015, Richard Olafson, ed.) ISBN 978-1-77171-137-1, $23.95
A selection of his poems have been published in the Interpscan Journal (Canada), in Our Journey (Oregon, USA), and in Mudlark Press’ Rags: Journal of Creative Writing. 2003, 2004 as well as websites for Astropoetica 2004 and Vincent Van Gallery 2003.

Blaine was featured at Lethbridge’s Peace through Poetry campaign (2002) and StreetFest (2002 / 2003) as well as the Fort Macleod’s South Country Fair (2002 / 2003) with him being a featured main stage performer at South Country Fair (2003). He has read at Robyn’s Bookstore Philadelphia (2004) and presented his poetry in Calgary at the Poetry Orgy (2009) hosted by the Single Onions.  He was one of the local writers at Lethbridge, Alberta’s Word on the Street (2012, 2016). He started public presentations of his poetry in the 1990s at Waterton National Park’s Bear Grass Days as part of a local performance troupe.

He’s currently working on a collection of prose poems about Magritte and Dali.

Blaine holds a B.Ed. and Diploma in Educational Media from the University of Alberta and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with his wife, Dee.

Books

  • Black Cat in the Shadows (Ekstatis Editions, 2015. Richard Olafson, ed.) 

              ISBN 978-1-77171-137-1, $23.95           http://www.ekstasiseditions.com/recenthtml/blackcat.htm

  • Walking Naked Down the Street (Coldwater Press, Trent Moranz, ed.)

              ISBN 0-9699199-0-5, $4.00

 

Awards
 

Selected Anthologies/Other publications

  • ArtsBridge 2013 Fall (Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge)
  • Synthesis Calgary Stroll of Poets Anthology 2004    ISBN 0-9687802-4-5
  • Spire Poetry Poster 2004
  • Mudlark Press’ Rags: Journal of Creative Writing.

2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 ISBN 1496-0869

  • Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine – Lust Edition Vol 1 2004

(Byron Sheardown, Publisher, http://www.quillspoetry.com)

  • Vincent Van Gogh Gallery 2003
  • Astropoetica 2004
  • Canopic Jar (Phil Rice, editor)
  • A Man Overboard (Reid Baer, Editor)
  • Interpscan Journal (Canada)
  • Our Journey (Oregon, USA)

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Countdown to Word on the Street: Blaine Greenwood, Black Cat in the Shadows

Countdown to Word on the Street: Blaine Greenwood, Black Cat in the Shadows

on Friday, 05 August 2016. Posted in Arts & Culture, Reads

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Written by Eric Low

Blaine Greenwood’s newest book of poetry, Black Cat in the Shadows, is the poet’s tribute to the art and lives of artists, mostly in Paris, in the late 19th century.

In a series of poems and imagined dialogues between Henri Toulouse Lautrec and Aubrey Beardsley, Greenwood takes readers to Paris and the Chat-Noir, a real café/cabaret in Paris that was frequented by many artists of the time.

Descriptions of the city, the café, the entertainment, and the characters, the artists and their paintings and drawings provide many points of view from which to see this time in history.  Beardsley’s sensuous and erotic pen and ink works come alive as do Toulouse Lautrec’s flat planes of colour depicting the night life and the rich characters he encountered.  And of course, there is much mention of the debauchery, the excesses, and their consequences.

In another section of the book, Vincent Van Gogh is the main character, and Greenwood offers imagined insights into his thoughts along with detailed descriptions of many of that painter’s famous works.

Names drop and allusions abound in Black Cat in the Shadows.

According to the biography included in the book, “Blaine Greenwood, born in Viking Alberta 1951, is an educator by profession – with a career spanning from classroom teacher to museum educator and event planner. It is from this foundation that Blaine’s poetry has come to reflect his interest in psychology, history and spirituality. His verse has been described as ‘dark, homespun, sensual, rich with images.'”

“The title of Blaine’s first chapbook Walking Naked Down the Street describes the experience of a writer baring his soul to the public. A selection of his poems have been published in the Interpscan Journal (Canada), in Our Journey (Oregon, USA), and in Mudlark Press’ Rags: Journal of Creative Writing.”

“Blaine was one of the Coordinators of MOST VOCAL Poets Society. He is currently one of the artistic directors of Lotos Land spoken word / poetry venue at Fort Macleod Alberta’s South Country Fair and DJ for CKXU’s Not Your Mother’s Poetry.”

Black Cat in the Shadows by Blaine Greenwood, 84 pages, soft cover, was published by Ekstasis Editions in 2015.

Blaine Greenwood will be at The Word on the Street Lethbridge on September 24, 2016.

Spoken Word at the South Country Fair

In the past I had an opportunity  to be the Artistic Director of the Lotos Land Spoken Word Stage at Fort Macleod, Alberta’s SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR. That stage has featured many poets and spoken word artists over the last 10 years.

13724910_827097614090504_6379744979591985090_oThis year I was one of the featured poets at both the Lotos Land Spoken Word Stage and the Main Stage of the festival (shown above).

Spoken word for the Fair developed rather organically starting in a camp kitchen in the middle of the event camping area with Jake De Peuter and Eat Lard Fudge gathering ten or fifteen of their closest friends. It morphed into an onsite event stage about 10 years ago and now, in addition to time at  Lotos Land,  presenters get a 15 minute slot on the main stage of the event.

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I am grateful to the fair organizers for their full support of spoken word poetry. Long may Lotos Land find a place at the Fair.

 

Recommended Read: BLACK CAT IN THE SHADOWS

from Warren Gschaid, book reviewer and reporter from Lethbridge Alberta

Recommended Read:
BLACK CAT IN THE SHADOWS (2015/Ekstasis Editions) by Blaine Greenwood

Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) was the Parisian place where artists hung out and where people like Van Gogh and Henri Toulouse Lantrec drank their absinthe. This heady intoxicating book takes you on a sensual journey into the bohemian past of Paris making all its magic and wonder come alive. Strong images, details, and emotions, combined with history deliver a poetry book rich in adventure and is a rewarding fine wine and dine for readers. 3.5/ 5 Stars.