Chris Bailey will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, June 14, at 7 pm at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.
All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work—poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Chris will read.
Chris Bailey is a fisherman from North Lake, PEI who scribbles poems and stories on the side. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and is an alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Writing With Style and Emerging Writers’ Intensive Programs. A past recipient of the Milton Acorn Poetry Award, his work has appeared in the UPEI Arts Review, Villamere: the lowbrow magazine of high-end CanLit, the Puritan’s Town Crier, and CBC Radio.
Chris’ writing tends to focus on rural life, fishing, family, and relationships. George Elliot Clarke describes the work as “E.J. Pratt meets Charles Bukwoski” in what Richard Lemm says is “language both visceral and eloquent.” His debut poetry collection, WHAT YOUR HANDS HAVE DONE, will be released fall 2018 with Nightwood Editions.
The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month following a brief summertime hiatus.