Copeland selected as literary artist for ArtScape Artist-in-Residence Program
Author and poet Elizabeth Copeland of Sackville, N.B. was recently selected as the 2018 literary artist for the ArtScape Artist-InResidence Program.
Copeland’s Rock Whisperers project combines research and writing plus workshops (for all ages) to create a chapbook of poetry which examines the question of what the Joggins Fossil Cli s have to teach in terms of human interconnectedness with life at this critical junction in the Earth’s history.
Copeland has more than 35 years experience as a professional writer, theatre artist and artist facilitator. Her poetry, essays and prose have been published in a variety of publications including Forge Journal, Circa-A Journal of Historical Fiction and e Furious Gazelle.
An excerpt from her novel Traeh Gnul—Miranda’s Journey from the Great Forest won the 2014 Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Young Adult Fiction Award. Her Novella Jazz won the Ken Klonsky Novella Prize and was short-listed for the 2015 ReLit Award.
With the support of Mount Allison University, she is currently working on a spoken-word theatre piece entitled: Bearing Witness.
Copeland facilitates creative writing workshops in community and organizational settings and was, in 2016, a featured presenter at the Knowlton Literary Festival and the San Miguel Writers’ Conference.
Through the Writers in the Schools Program, she brings the joys of creative writing to students throughout New Brunswick.
Jury members for ArtScape 2018 were Denis Corey (Chief Librarian, Cumberland Public Libraries) Ian McKinley (Montreal author) and Laurie Glenn Norris, (education and outreach manager with the Joggins Fossil Institute).
ArtScape is an outreach initiative that invites visual, literary and performing artists to explore the relationships between the human experience and the natural world at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
e residency bene ts artists by providing the time, nancial support and space to enable them to better focus on their work.
In return the local area and Centre visitors will have the opportunity to engage with artists through studio visits, workshops and other public programming.
The ArtScape Artist-In-Residence Program is contingent upon funding.