I read from Fear Not in Calgary on Thursday Feb. 5 at Pages on Kensington. Reading with me were Mike Roberson, Paul William Zits and David Martin. Mike is editor at Dandelion currently. ryan fitzpatrick curates and hosts the reading series.
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David Bergen and Maurice read together in the Manitoba Writers’ Guild series on January 19, 2009, at the Yellow Dog Tavern in Winnipeg. On January 29 they continued the public discussion they had about their work, this time on the phone, and focusing on the structure and form of Fear Not. Click here to listen.
Jennifer Still in the Winnipeg Free Press, May 24, 2009: “Striking a fine balance of irony and heart, Fear Not is a whimsical and contemplative refrain for the excesses of an ‘enough is never enough’ culture. “Giving voice to a lineage of fathers — from Wittgenstein and a German grandfather to Jesus and the poet […]
In fall 2008 Maurice read with Margaret Christakos at Aqua Books in Winnipeg. He also launched Fear Not at McNally Robinson Polo Park, and read at Thin Air, Winnipeg’s International Writers’ Festival.
Appearing with acclaimed poet Daphne Marlatt and Charlene Diehl, Maurice read from new work to an audience of about 60 at McNally Robinson Grant Park. The event was organized by Prairie Fire magazine in celebration of World Poetry Day.
Maurice received an “A” grant from the Manitoba Arts Council to complete revisions on his next book of poems, Fear Not, which will appear with Turnstone in the fall. The book explores themes suggested by the self-help section at the beginning of the Gideon New Testament & Psalms.
CV2 magazine invited Maurice to write a column for one year called Formally Speaking, which discusses aspects of form and contemporary poetry. His first column included an interview with Barbara Nickel which continues in the first issue of 2008.
Here’s Maurice reading his poem “How to be a man,” which appears slightly altered in Fear Not:
The Winnipeg Free Press invited Maurice to become their monthly poetry reviewer. Between December 06 and 2007 he reviewed about 45 books of poetry by Canadian, American, and UK authors.
Memoir of a Living Disease, Maurice’s 2005 nonfiction book about tuberculosis in Manitoba, won a Margaret McWilliams award in the category of organizational history from the Manitoba Historical Society. This award is one of the longest-running literary honours in Canada. Here’s Maurice receiving his award from John Harvard, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. . In July […]