Poetry, Painting and Public Art with Armand Garnet Ruffo and Anna Yin (July 13, 2023)

Free Zoom Meeting hosted by MAC with featured poets: Armand Garnet Ruffo and Anna Yin
Date/time: July 13,2023 19:00-20:00 (ET)
(free zoom meeting will be provided though [email protected] or Eventbrite registration before the event)

At the event Dr. Ruffo will share paintings by Norval Morrisseau also known as Copper Thunderbird, Picasso of the North, and the founder of Woodlands School of Canadian art. Dr. Ruffo will read his poems about that, then speak about health and harmony in the context of Norval Morrisseau’s art and include his own creative work.

Anna will share on her poetry journey paintings inspired her and her two current art projects: Canada Council granted project: Poetry, Painting and Translations, what she has learned from Dr. Armand Garnet Ruffo’s poems about Norval Morrrisseau, the other Public Art and Poetry film project with her new poems. Some incorporating Indigenous themes, others share modern life reflections.

Armand Garnet Ruffo is recognized as a major contributor to both contemporary Indigenous literature and Indigenous literary scholarship in Canada. His publications include Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney (1996/ 2021); Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (2014), The Thunderbird Poems (2015) and Treaty# (2019). A two-time finalist for Governor General’s Literary Awards, he is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2017, he was awarded the inaugural Mayor’s Arts Award from the City of Kingston, and in 2020, he was awarded the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. He is currently the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literatures at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-17) and has authored five poetry collections and two books of translations including Mirrors and Windows (Guernica Editions 2021). Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from USA and grants from Ontario Arts Council and Canada Arts Council. Her poems/translations have appeared at Queen’s Quarterly, ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, Literary Review of Canada etc. She teaches Poetry, edits poetry/translation, and hosts readings and workshops. She is currently working on projects exploring the links between poetry and visual arts. annapoetry.com