Klean-All Laundry Hosts Poet-in-Residence

To celebrate poetry month, the Gimli Manitoba Interlake Klean-All Laundry & Dry Cleaning, the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group, and the Envoi Literary Foundation are pleased to announce that Victor Enns will be the Klean-All Laundry Poet-in-Residence. April is poetry month all over North America, celebrated annually every-which-way in communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Enns, a Klean-All regular, will be available to answer questions about poetry, and provide
reading and writing advice to any Inter-Lake residents willing to sit down and chat while he does his laundry, every Wednesday. He is willing to share his own poems, as well as those of other poets, dead or alive, written in English. This is a pilot project running from March 30th until May 18th.

“Poetry is for people, everyday people, and I hope to dispel the notion that it’s difficult to read or understand,” says Enns. He continues, “Klean-All seems the perfect place to have those discussions with anyone willing to give a poet the time of day.” Enns is interested in poetry being written in the Interlake and looks “forward to working with any writers who are interested in talking about theirs.” Gimli, first settled by book-loving Icelanders, is located 75 kilometers north of Winnipeg, with a major harbor on Lake Winnipeg. Enns will be available each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., though he will make appointments if the time is inconvenient for poets wanting to talk about their work. Contact by email at envoi@shaw.ca.

Victor Enns is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent, Afghanistan Confessions, poems in the voices of Canadian soldiers, which he shared with Interlake residents at the Ship & Plough in November before Remembrance Day. He will be presenting new work on April 20th at the Wednesday Poetry Slam (supported by the League of Canadian Poets), including poems from Music for Men Over Fifty; Songs of Love and Surgery. Enns will also read from earlier work related to this year’s theme, “The Road.” More information about Enns is available on his website: www.victorenns.ca. His books are for sale at Tergesen’s, who have a poetry month display in their store.

Thanks to Tergesen’s, the Ship & Plough, Splash Printing, Flatlander Coffee, the East Interlake Handi-Van, the League of Canadian Poets, the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group and Gimli’s Klean-All Laundry & Dry Cleaning, for their support of poetry month in Gimli.