Nominated for the CAA Award for Poetry [Canadian Authors Association]A renowned poet lets language ride its own musically-malleable syntax into unfamiliar regions of consciousness. Brian Henderson has established himself as a poet who brilliantly makes us aware of language as an instrument of discovery. In his work we realize, over and over again, that each of the mind's worlds speaks a secret language, which it is the poet's task to discover and translate.In Sharawadji, this includes not only such worlds as those created by the surreal paintings of Jacek Yerka, but the intense, re-humanizing experience of loss and grief.
Brian Henderson is the author of ten volumes of poetry (including a deck of visual poem-cards, The Alphamiricon), the latest of which, Sharawadji , was nominated for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry in 2012. Nerve Language was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award in 2007.
His work, both critical and poetic, has appeared in a number of literary journals. He has a PhD in Canadian literature and is the director of Wilfred Laurier University Press. He has served as the president of the Association of Canadian University Presses, the treasurer of the Association of Canadian Publishers, and as a board member of Access Copyright, as well served on juries for the Manitoba Arts Council, the League of Canadian Poets, the Kitchener Public Library, and others. He is currently on the board of the Access Copyright Foundation and lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife, Charlene Winger.
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