Copeland se­lected as lit­er­ary artist for ArtS­cape Artist-in-Res­i­dence Pro­gram

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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.


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