JOSEPH MAVIGLIA: POET, SINGER-SONGWRITER, ACTIVIST
PERFORMANCES AT UPEI & THE MONTAGUE LIBRARY
In the great tradition of performance poets and singer-songwriters, Joseph Maviglia is known for his riveting music and poetry presentations. His songs, poems, and essays draw on diverse influences, from his Calabrian-Italian heritage and North American folk and rock, to the Beat poets and contemporary spoken word artists. During tours across Canada, Europe, and the U.S., he has supported many social justice causes through his artistry.
Maviglia will give two performances as part of the UPEI Winter’s Tales Author Reading series: on September 14, 7:30 p.m., in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building in Charlottetown, and on September 16, 1:00 p.m. in the Montague Rotary Library at 11 Queens Road in Montague. Admission is free.
Originally from Ottawa, Joseph attended the Banff Centre for the Arts after studying at Simon Fraser University. He settled in Toronto where he was part of a group of singer-songwriters and poets in the vanguard of Toronto’s musical and literary circles.
Among his publications are poetry books The God Hangs Upside Down and Freakin’ Palomino Blues, and his recent essay collection, Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock and Roll. His albums include Memory to Steel and Angel in the Rain.
Joseph’s performances are sponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Arts and Department of English and the Montague Rotary Library, with generous support from the Writers’ Union of Canada and The Canada Council for the Arts.