Who is Blaine Greenwood?

 

 

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

Canopic Jar

 

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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.

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, $5.00

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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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

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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

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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

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Poetry and Dance at Wordstorm / Spring Writes (Nanaimo) Thursday April 27, 2017 PLUS April 25 private reading (New Westminster)

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Reading in Nanaimo  – Wordstorm –  Thursday April 27, 2017

For a link to a video of Timothy Allen’s tap dance and Blaine Greenwood’s poem

For a link to a video of Chantelle Norris’s ballet and Blaine Greenwood’s poem

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Previous to the Nanaimo reading there was a stop-over in New Westminster

where another reading took place. Here are the links for that series of poems:

part 1 …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ionk0js-R0

part 2 …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dCUJ0LnUjM

My literary inspirations

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” Richard Stevenson is a friend, mentor, editor of my manuscripts and one who never gave up on pushing me to put into print what I wrote”  —

Richard Stevenson (born 1952) is a Canadian college English teacher and poet. Stevenson taught English at Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, Alberta and has taught in Western Canada and Nigeria. Stevenson has degrees in English and Creative Writing from The University of Victoria and University of British Columbia. Stevenson was also a musician with the young adult group Sasquatch and the jazz/poetry ensemble Naked Ear.

 

 

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” Featured in the MOST VOCAL Reading Series, Robert Bringhurst,  simply by presenting his poetry and books, helped me to understand that poems can have more than one voice” —

Robert Bringhurst (born 16 October 1946) is a Canadian poet, typographer and author. Bringhurst has translated substantial works from Haida and Navajo, as well as classical Greek and Arabic. He wrote The Elements of Typographic Style – a reference book of typefaces, glyphs and the visual and geometric arrangement of type. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in June 2013.[2]

He lives on Quadra Island, near Campbell River, British Columbia (approximately 170 km northwest of Vancouver) with his wife Jan Zwicky, a poet and philosopher.

 

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” Walter Hildebrandt as an interpreter of history has a similar background to me. He provided the insight in the contrary version of history, the version of history untold because it was too inconvenient”  —

Historian and poet Walter Hildebrandt was born in Brooks, Alberta and now lives in Edmonton. He was the Director of University of Calgary Press and Athabasca University Press. He has worked as a historian for Parks Canada and as a consultant to the Treaty 7 Tribal Council, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Banff Bow Valley Task Force. He was awarded the Gustavus Myers Award in 1997, for outstanding work on intolerance in North America, for his book The Spirit and Intent of Treaty 7. His long poem Sightings was nominated for the McNally-Robinson Book of the Year in Manitoba in 1992. A previous volume of poetry, Where the Land Gets Broken, received the Stephan G. Stephansson for best poetry book in Alberta in 2005. Documentaries is his eighth book of poetry.

 

Writers read at the Bumper Book of Big Fun

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The Bumper Book of Big Fun featured two poets and a novelist … and two University of Lethbridge English classes totalling over 100 students.  Authors read and then the floor opened for questions and comments.

Reading in front of audiences has brought me some significant comments about my poetry. I am honored but also shocked to find that my work is being compared to Edgar Lee Masters, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Carlos Williams and T S Eliot.

A surprise was the announcement by the course instructor that some of my poems will be part of the course package starting this Fall with royalties paid for their use.

I wish to thank everyone who has supported me and assisted in the development and honing of my work.