A nationwide campaign designed to honour Canadian poet PK Page will stop at Memorial University on Thursday, Feb. 2,. Established by the League of Canadian Poets, the PK Page Trust Fund is designed to support Canadian poets and poetry.
Poet and Memorial English professor Mary Dalton will read a selection of her own new and recently published work at the reading in support of the trust fund. Professor Dalton will join the other participating poets in the Canadian campaign in donating her reading fee to the trust.
A silent auction of a letterpress print of a poem by PK Page will take place at the event, the proceeds from which will also go to the trust fund.
The event, to be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 1046 of the Arts and Administration building, is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP) and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Prof. Dalton is honoured to participate in the event.
“PK Page is one of Canada's greatest poets," she said. "The LCP couldn't have chosen a more accomplished artist to honour with this trust fund which will help out poets who need help and will foster poetry across the country. I'm happy to be contributing to the league's efforts by sharing my new work with an audience here -- and on Feb. 2, the eve of the birthday of our own great poet, E. J. Pratt, as well.”
Born in 1916, PK Page’s artistic and poetic career spanned more than five decades, ending only with her death in 2010. More information on the trust can be found at poets.ca/wordpress/programs-2/p-k-page-trust.
You can download poems by Mary Dalton or order the audio book CD of Merrybegot from rattlingbooks.com. Merrybegot is read by Anita Best with music by Patrick Boyle.