Image Credit - Sovereignty Performance | Cérémonie de la souveraineté, 2009, recycled paper, burnt trees, regalia | papier recyclé, arbres brûlés, costume traditionne courtesy of the artist | avec la permission de l’artiste
On February 2, 2015, author Barbara Nickel will respond to the exhibition “Decolonize Me” at The Reach Gallery Museum, speaking to the places where her own literary and personal narrative intersects the Aboriginal narratives she’s encountered, both historical and current. A multi-genre writer, Barbara will respond with poetry from her book Domain, creative non-fiction from her work-in-progress about the former Sumas Lake, and with slides and text from her forthcoming picture book for children, A Boy Asked the Wind.
This event will begin at 7:00 PM, giving guests an opportunity to tour the exhibit “Decolonize Me” prior to Barbara Nickel’s presentation at 7:30. This event is sponsored by the Abbotsford Chapter of CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women). The cost is $2 at the door.
Barbara Nickel’s second collection of poetry, Domain, was listed in Quill & Quire’s Best Books of 2007. Her previous collection of poetry, The Gladys Elegies, won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Notre Dame Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, and The Walrus, and she is a winner of The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize and Arc’s 2013 Confederation Poets Prize. Barbara’s novel for children, Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, chosen as a Canadian Library Association Honour Book of the Year for Children, and won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. A new picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, is forthcoming in 2015.