If, When by Bren Simmers

Book release: If, When

By Bren Simmers

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Island poet Bren Simmers is launching a new collection of poetry with Gaspereau Press called If, When. This conversation across generations links the author’s contemporary experiences while living in Squamish, British Columbia, with those of her great-grandparents, who lived in the nearby mining town of Britannia a century earlier.

Exploring the complex layers of relationship that make up a place—the many interactions and negotiations that transpire as different people live and work together within a specific environment—Simmers offers a fresh and empathetic take on the inevitable tensions between land stewardship and economic development, finding, ultimately, much potential for connection and community.

Simmers will be launching her book alongside Island author Laurie Brinklow (My island’s the house I sleep in at night) on May 15 at Beaconsfield Carriage House. Two shows (3 pm and 7 pm) will feature musical guests Adam Hill, Sean Kemp, Chris Corrigan, and Mike Mooney. Pre-registration is required at ispstaff@upei.ca. Both books are available for purchase at Bookmark in Charlottetown.

Bren Simmers is the author of three books: Pivot Point (2019), Night Gears (2010), and Hastings-Sunrise (2015), which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her work has won the Arc Poem of the Year Award. She lives in Charlottetown and works as the managing editor of Island Studies Press at UPEI.