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Award-Winning Poet David Zieroth to Tour Prairies

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010

David Zieroth, winner of the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, tours the prairies. He will be reading from his award-winning collection, The Fly in Autumn, at the following locations:

Saskatoon: Tonight It’s Poetry Reading Series at Lydia’s Pub (650 Broadway Avenue) on Sunday, March 7 at 8pm.

Regina: Vertigo Reading Series at Aegean Coast Coffee & Tea (1901 Hamilton Street) on Monday, March 8 at

Winnipeg: McNally Robinson Booksellers Prairie Ink restaurant (1120 Grant Avenue) on Wednesday, March 10 at

Zieroth has garnered national acclaim for his poetry and non-fiction. He is also the recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and he has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. His memoir, The Education of Mr. Whippoorwill: A Country Boyhood, was named one of the best books published in 2002 by the Globe & Mail.

The Fly in Autumn is a nuanced work with an absurdist twist in which recognizable landscapes are sometimes irrevocably altered by "water-light" into places of the mind alive with "the hundred thousand thoughts everyone collects in a day." Risking unease, using language both tender and ironic, the themes of Zieroth's poems range from the cockiness of flight, to Dick and Jane readers, to insurance clerks and blind nurses, and finally, to the inevitability of decline. Still, the poet remains alert to the re-emergence of "his boyhood hope: to be brave, to ship out, to learn to sleep on waves."

David Zieroth's poetry has appeared in dozens of anthologies and he has written nine books, among them The Village of Sliding Time, Crows Do Not Have Retirement and How I Joined Humanity at Last. He has also recently released a chapbook, Berlin Album. He taught at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC, for twenty-five years before retiring and founding the Alfred Gustav Press. Born in Neepawa, Manitoba, he now lives in North Vancouver, BC.

This tour is made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.