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The poetry of Blaine Greenwood,
as refined as it is intuitive,
successfully melds the visual and the aural
without wasting a single breath.
~ Phil Rice, poet and editor
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
Blaine was one of the Coordinators of MOST VOCAL Poets Society. He was until very recently 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 as that show’s host, 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
Soon to be published is Blaine’s collection of prose poems about Matisse, 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.
- The False Mirror (Ekstatis Editions, 2017. Richard Olafson, ed.)
ISBN 978-1-77171-251-4 $23.95
- Black Cat in the Shadows (Ekstatis Editions, 2015. Richard Olafson, ed.)
ISBN 978-1-77171-137-1, $23.95
- Walking Naked Down the Street (Coldwater Press, Trent Moranz, ed.)
ISBN 0-9699199-0-5, $5.00
Performance / Event Highlights
- Waterton National Park’s Bear Grass Days (1995)
- Lethbridge’s Peace through Poetry campaign (2002) and StreetFest (2002 / 2003)
- Fort Macleod’s South Country Fair (2002 / 2003 / 2016); main stage performer at South Country Fair (2003 / 2016)
- Robyn’s Bookstore Philadelphia (2004)
- Calgary Single Onions Poetry Orgy (2009)
- Lethbridge, Alberta’s Word on the Street (September 2012, 2016)
- Black Cat in the Shadows Book Launch – Lethbridge (October 2015); Edmonton (April 2016); U of Lethbridge (April 2016); Calgary ( April 2016)
- Wordstorm reading series, Nanaimo, British Columbia (April 2017); Spring Writes Conference, BC Writers’ Federation ( https://www.wordstorm.ca/ )
- The False Mirror Book launch – Lethbridge (February 2018 – Poetry Symposium); Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton Medicine Hat (April 2018)
- Medicine Hat Celebrating Words Festival presentation (April 30, 2016)
- University of Lethbridge Introductory English class (April 2017)
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 – 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)