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Acclaimed poet Colin Browne launches new collection in Nelson

By Contributor
May 15th, 2015

Author and filmmaker Colin Browne has earned critical acclaim on both artistic fronts, with nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and the ReLit Award for his poetry as well as a Genie nomination for documentary film.

Browne launches his newest book of poetry, The Hatch, on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson.

In The Hatch “myth, history, and the present are contemporaneous in these poems; nothing is ever one thing, and nothing is itself for very long,” according to his publisher, Talonbooks. “This is a book of transformations.”

Browne is returning to the town where he once taught writing at David Thompson University Centre from 1982 – 1984, and he returns both as a poet and as a filmmaker. In addition to the launch of The Hatch, he is also offering a documentary film script workshop on Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Oxygen, which is located at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance). 

More information and course registration is available at

Opening for Browne’s launch is Elephant Mountain Literary Festival 2015 Writer-in-Residence and former Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah. Wah will offer a landscape-oriented writing workshop July 6 – 9 as part of the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival runs July 10-12 in Nelson, showcasing local and visiting writers in a 100-mile Gala, All-Star Author Reading, panel discussions and more. The roster of exceptional talent for this year’s festival includes Bob Bossin, Marina Endicott, and Kate Pullinger.

Both launch and workshop are sponsored by Oxygen Art Centre and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

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