Dordt College News

Canadian writer and wood-worker will present work

September 20, 2010

One of Canada’s finest poets, John Terpstra has been described as a true Renaissance man. He’s a poet and a cabinet-maker, as well as a collaborator on multimedia music, worship, theater, and web-based projects.

The Canadian writer/woodworker will bring a sampling of both word and wood projects to Dordt College on Tuesday, Sept. 21, for a guest appearance at 7 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center lecture hall S101. This event is free and open to the public.

Terpstra will read from his published work, exhibit photos of his carpentry, and answer questions from the audience. He will also be a guest in several Dordt classes on Tuesday, and he is presenting a public poetry reading Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8:30 p.m. in the Fruited Plain Café on Main Street in Sioux Center.

He is the author of eight works of poetry, the most recent being Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems (2007), from which he will read. An earlier work, Disarmament, was short-listed for Canada’s Governor General’s Award. He has won the CBC Radio Literary Prize for Poetry, the Bressani Prize, and several Arts Hamilton book awards in both poetry and non-fiction. Together with pianist and composer Bart Nameth, he has also produced a CD of his poetry, called Nod Me In, Shake Me Out.

Terpstra’s latest non-fiction work, Skin Boat: Acts of Faith and Other Navigations, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2009. His previous non-fiction work, The Boys, or Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter, was short-listed for both the Charles Taylor Prize and the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. The Boys honors the lives of his wife’s three brothers, each of whom lived with muscular dystrophy until their early twenties and died within six years of each other.

John Terpstra was born and raised in Canada and recently completed tenure as Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University. He attended Trinity Christian College in Chicago, graduated from the University of Toronto, and returned to Hamilton, where he and his wife have lived ever since.

For samples of his work, see his website and his blog.

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