Alice Burdick Hollers at you

The poet's move from Toronto to Mahone Bay is reflected in her new collection

Burdick looks to the sea for a new couplet
Burdick looks to the sea for a new couplet

In slow-moving Mahone Bay, where bright buildings teeter on ocean rocks and tourists flock to nibble fresh fish 'n' chips, everyone knows everyone. It's typical small town behaviour and Alice Burdick loves it, although she's simply known as "The lady up the street with some kids." Raised in Toronto, Burdick finds writing inspiration in the coastal community she's lived in since 2002. Her latest poetry volume, Holler, released at Mansfield Press' double poetry launch along with Coast contributer Jaime Forsythe's Sympathy Loophole, covers all the rural quirkiness. "The longer I live here, the more consistent the references become. I think my writing is more accessible and I have a tighter reign on it," says Burdick. She's been receiving positive feedback on the book. "A lot of the time, I feel like I'm just translating things from the air," she says. "It's great when people can make sense of it."

Monday June 11, Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia,

1113 Marginal Road, 7pm

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