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
Blaine 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 has read at Robyn’s Bookstore Philadelphia (2004) and presented his poetry in Calgary at the Poetry Orgy (2009) hosted by the Single Onions.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 was one of the local writers at Lethbridge, Alberta’s Word on the Street (September 2012, 2016). Blaine was a featured poet at Wordstorm reading series ( https://www.wordstorm.ca/ ) in Nanaimo, British Columbia (April 2017) during the Spring Writes Conference of the BC Writers’ Federation.
He’s currently working on a 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.
- 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, $5.00
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)
Welcome to Le Chat Noir. . . the place where Parisian artists and poets meet… again.
Mr. Greenwood’s poems brings the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations
of both art forms to the page with wit, wisdom and elan.
An excellent and most welcome debut.
~ Richard Stevenson, Poet / Author
The cafe of the Black Cat, the famous Le Chat Noir of fin de siecle Paris, was the gathering place of bohemians, royalty and everyone in between – aristocrat to street walker.
As well, the Black Cat was noted for its entertainment, innovation, and absinthe.
It is the the author’s hope that some of that essence of the Black Cat can be found within these pages.
Black Cat in the Shadows is a page-turner.
Absinthe colours the Art Nouveau Age in Paris and we accompany him through Le Chat Noir meeting artists, paintings and music coloured in absinthe.
Black Cat in the Shadows took me in and held me there in one reading.
~ Joan Shillington
To purchase the book BLACK CAT IN THE SHADOWS
contact myself at the email address found at the end of this entry
or the publisher at http://www.ekstasiseditions.com/recenthtml/blackcat.htm