Claudia Ferraro

Claudia Ferraro

Claudia Ferraro

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A poet, writer, student, and advocate for the environment, Claudia Ferraro has had her poetry displayed at the Dalhousie Art Gallery and published in Fathom, a literary magazine for both Dalhousie and King’s Universities of which she is a senior editor and head of their social media and marketing team.

Currently residing in Nottawa and having grown up in Collingwood, Ferraro enrolled in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University in 2017. There she led workshops and open mic nights and received recognition for her work from credited poets and writers including the current Poet Laureate of Halifax. 

Ferraro was formally announced as the 2020-2022 Collingwood Poet Laureate during the October 19 Town Council meeting, an honour officially handed over by the Town’s first Poet Laureate Day Merrill, now Poet Laureate Emeritus.  

Ferraro was on hand virtually to accept the position and provide an overview of her vision for the two-year term as well as read one of her poems. 

“I’m so honoured and excited to accept this position with Collingwood, and proud to be part of a community that values poetry,” says Claudia Ferraro. “I hope to make it an even more accessible and helpful tool for community members to work through the complex personal and public questions we are all facing at the moment.” 

Entering her thesis year in university, which she is completing online, Ferraro is studying in-depth the power of eco-poetry as climate change pedagogy. During her two-year term as Poet Laureate, Ferraro will act as a champion for poetry in the community, appearing at civic and community events, opening avenues for expression by new poets and encouraging an appreciation for poetry and the spoken word.

“Poetry doesn’t have to be pompous – I’ve always looked at it as play and appreciated the room it leaves for wildness to re-enter into our language,” she continues. I’ve been exploring how this sort of energy can be experienced not just on the page, but online and with our voices, and where this energy might guide us in communal but uncommon ways.”

Applications for Collingwood’s Poet Laureate position were garnered through an open call for submissions. A $7,000 honorarium is provided for the two-year term.

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Vera Pavlova

Vera Pavlova

Vera Pavlova

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Vera Pavlova was born in Moscow in 1963. She studied at the Schnittke Academy of Music, sang in a church choir, majored in the history of music, and three years later launched her literary career with revealing poems that confronted many readers with repressed memories, concealed experiences and latent longings. Her esteemed career began in the most unlikely of places: a maternity ward:

My first poem was a note I had written to send home from the maternity ward. I was twenty at the time, and had just given birth to Natasha, my first daughter. That was the kind of a happy experience I had never known before or after. The happiness was so unbearable that for the first time in my life I wrote a poem. I have been writing since, and I resort to writing whenever I feel unbearably happy or unbearably miserable. And since life provides me with experiences of both kinds, and with plenty of them, I have been writing for the past twenty-six years practically without a pause. I cannot afford staying away from writing. It could be called an addiction, but I prefer to describe it as my form of metabolism.

Her poems are written in rhyming Russian, contain an intimate tone and were translated into English by her late husband and translator, Steven Seymour. Due to the nature of Russian grammatical endings, many words rhyme with each other and allow poets wide avenues for poetic expression. This freedom in word choice and the richness of the Russian language enables Pavlova to explore her many topics with the depth and breadth she does. Her works have been published in The New York Times and The New Yorker and have been plastered in the New York City and Los Angeles public transportation systems. Her poetry has been published in twenty languages in the span of twenty years.

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Dr. Duke Redbird

Dr. Duke Redbird

Dr. Duke Redbird

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Dr. Duke Redbird is an Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and orator. He brings his breadth of cultural knowledge and artistic practice to the benefit of a global audience. Dr. Redbird is instrumental in the implementation of innovative multimedia technologies, bringing an Indigenous approach to arts education that is rooted in his pioneering work at OCAD University. His legacy stretches far beyond his work in Canada. His art has been exhibited and his poetry has been published and translated in anthologies around the world.

Dr. Redbird has been described as a multifaceted artist, practicing across a number of disciplines including literature, painting, theatre, cinema and most recently rap poetry. A well known broadcaster and television personality, he is in demand as a public speaker in university, community college and elementary school settings. He delivers a unique perspective from his heritage that is both a positive and optimistic alternative to how we view our universe in the 21st century. In 2005, Dr. Redbird was honored by the Indigenous community of Toronto and recognized as an Urban Elder and Wisdom Keeper. In this capacity, Duke’s presentation is a message of inspiration, hope and vision for the future. Presently, Dr. Redbird is an Advisor to the Toronto District School Board {TDSB) in the field of Indigenous Art & Culture; and the Curator of an inaugural art exhibition called Debwewin (Truth) of the Museum, Fine Art Collection and Archives of the TDSB. He is also an Advisor for the Board of Director’s of Toronto’s Jumblies Theatre and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

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