Words in Edgewise – November

November 2, 2009

The Graduate Program in Humanities & Eastern Edge Gallery Present:

The poet as scholar, the scholar as poet.

With poet-scholars/scholar-poets:
Lalli Maassen (Germany)
Mark Brown (MUN)
Don Gillis (MUN)
And LIVE music by Matthew Hornell (Of Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009.
7:00 pm
Eastern Edge Gallery
72 Harbour Dr.
Pay What You Can.

What is the relationship between a poet’s poetry and their scholarship? What is the relationship between a scholar’s scholarship and a scholar’s poetry? How does one influence the other, and visa-versa?

Join us as poet-scholars/scholar-poets read and discuss their poetic and scholarly work.


Lalli Maassen: Born in Tanjore, India in 1945; schooling in India, BA and MA English from Miranda House, Delhi University; taught English for four years at Miranda House; was at Columbia University, New York, for two years as a Fulbright Scholar and as a President’s Fellow; has lived in Germany since 1973; taught English as a foreign language at the polytechnic level till 2006. She has written lyrics in English for about fifty years now; has had three volumes published by Writers’ Workshop, Calcutta: Declarations, Rocking Horse and Tree-Bird; she also writes short stories in English and Hindi and poetry in Hindi and German.

Mark Brown: MPhil in Humanities candidate.

Don Gillis: MPhil in Humanities candidate, retired high school English teacher.

Matthew Hornell:Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds find themselves among the many gems to emerge from the rich and diverse music scene of St. John’s, Newfoundland. There is something distinctively different about this folk-roots ensemble that legitimizes their name. The diverse musical backgrounds of the members–some long and some much shorter–lend to a raw, earthy sound accompanied by an honest naivety in Hornell’s lyrics that is hard to come by these days.

“…it all comes down to timeless melodies, wonderfully poetic lyrics and thoughtful delivery. The band has constructed a solid collection of folk-rock songs that are honest, energetic, smart and always engaging. These are songs you’ll want to play and sing.” Robert Hiscock – Product of Newfoundland (2009)



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