Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Sept 22 2012

FOREWORDS: ALSO THE WRITERS FESTIVAL!

Corey Redekop will read from his sharply funny novel Husk, in which a newly-minted zombie attempts to balance family, career—and cannibalism.

Also on the evening’s roster: the poetry slam finalists who will represent Winnipeg at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon this fall. After competing throughout the season against some of the city’s best Spoken Word performers, Steve Currie, Aaron Simm, J-La, Faiza, and Dylan Mowatt came out on top. They’ll show their stuff on the stage tonight.

We’ll wrap the evening with a Haiku Death Match. Witty, thoughtful, profane—what’ll it be? The audience votes for their favorites and decides who will be the Haiku Master! Don’t be afraid to cheer or groan. And watch your back: there might be zombies out and about!

Tickets are $5, available at the door or in advance from September 4 – 20; call (204) 927-7323 or visit www.thinairwinnipeg.ca/ticket-information. Enter our door prize draw for a copy of Husk. If you aren’t the lucky person, you can purchase copies on-site.

Featuring Corey RedekopWinnipeg Poetry Slam Team .

Corey Redekop was born and raised in Thompson MB, then left the north to become an actor, a waiter, a tree planter, a world traveler, a lawyer, a barista, a broadcaster, and a film editor. During a stint back in Thompson as the director of the Thompson Public Library, he published his first novel, Shelf Monkey, a satiric and savage comedy about the contemporary book world. His new title, Husk (ECW), is a darkly funny book about a newly-minted zombie’s attempts to balance family, career, and cannibalism. Redekop makes his living as a writer, librarian, and publicist. He lives in Fredericton NB.

Slam Poetry is one aspect of Winnipeg’s vibrant spoken word scene. A literary form that crosses a broad range of styles, cultural traditions, and approaches to writing and performance, the only constants are a three-minute time limit, and on-the-spot audience scoring of both writing and performance. Steve Currie, Aaron Simm, J-La, Faiza, and Dylan Mowatt, the finalists for this year’s Winnipeg Poetry Slam Team, cover topics as diverse as prejudice, missing women, confession, addiction, the complications of family, the necessity of understanding, and bumblebees. They will represent Winnipeg at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon this October.

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