AX Reading Series: New Brunswick Poets in Conversation

AX is pleased to present four New Brunswick Poets in conversation – just in time for April, National Poetry Month, when poets and their works are celebrated.

We had originally planned to host an evening of readings during National Poetry Month last year, but then the pandemic hit. Months later, as it became apparent we wouldn’t be able to host an in-person event anytime soon, we shifted course and welcomed the four poets individually into the AX gallery to film readings and conversation moderated by fellow poet, Dr. Sue Sinclair.

Poets Allan Cooper, Jennifer Houle, Marilyn Lerch and Vanessa Moeller each spoke with Sue about their recent work, their experiences writing during the pandemic, and incorporating the concept of beauty in their work. These conversations and readings are now showcased in a 4-part video series released on the AX YouTube page.

All filming and editing was done in-house, and there were some audio and video distortions in a few spots due to a faulty microphone wire and the use of different cameras. We’ve done our best to minimize these interruptions, and we appreciate your patience as we teach ourselves how to use this new-to-us technology.


About Dr. Sue Sinclair 

Sue Sinclair is a Canadian poet, author of five collections of poetry, all of which have won or have been nominated for awards. Her most recent book, Heaven’s Thieves (Brick Books, 2016), won the 2017 Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poems by a Canadian woman. Sue’s New and Selected Poems will be published by Goose Lane Editions in 2022. Sue teaches creative writing at the University of New Brunswick, where she is also editor of The Fiddlehead literary journal.

Sinclair’s latest book, Heaven’s Thieves, can be purchased through the Brickbook’s website.


About Allan Cooper

Moncton-based Allan Cooper has published over a dozen books of poetry, including The Deer Yard (with Harry Thurston) and The Alma Elegies. Twice recipient of the Alfred G. Bailey Award for Poetry (1987 and 1992), Cooper has also won the Peter Gzowski Award (1994) and been shortlisted three times for CBC Literary Awards.

Cooper’s latest book, Waiting for the Small Ship of Desire, can be purchased through the Nimbus website.


About Jennifer Houle

New Brunswicker Jennifer Houle’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals and her work has won several awards, including The Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick’s Alfred G. Bailey Prize for best poetry manuscript. Her book, Virga, won the Fiddlehead poetry book prize and The Back Channels was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and won the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award.

Houle’s latest book, Virga, can be purchased through the Signature Editions website.


About Marilyn Lerch

Marilyn Lerch is an American-born Canadian poet, teacher, and activist. She formed the Sackville Writers’ Group and Roving Poets, taught creative writing at Westmorland, Springhill and Dorchester prisons, and Memoir with the Tantramar Senior College. She served as president of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick from 2006 to 2010 and as Sackville Poet Laureate from 2014 – 2018. Her fifth collection of poetry, That We Lived At All, was published in December 2018.

Lerch’s latest book, That We Have Lived at All, can be purchased through the Chapel Street Editions website.


About Vanessa Moeller

Vanessa Moeller’s poems and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals including The Fiddlehead, Prism International, The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Pottersfield Portfolio and Qwerty, and have won several awards, including the Atlantic Poetry Prize and an honourable mention in the poetry category of the 2010 National Magazine Awards.

Moeller’s latest book, Our Extraordinary Monsters, can be purchased through the Signature Editions website.


The AX Reading Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of The League of Canadian Poets, The Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Tourism Heritage and Culture, Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, and Community Foundations of Canada