Last year, the Ontario Writers’ Conference presented their Cornerstone Award to The Griffin Trust for excellence in poetry. Internationally acclaimed writer Carolyn Forché was on hand to accept the award and delighted conference participants with a reading.
Patrick Meade was in attendance and remembers it well:
“It was quite inspiring to hear Carolyn Forche at the 2011 Ontario Writers’ Conference. It was even more inspiring to watch her present. With vivid imagery and evocative weaving, the audience was taken, as if by ship, through the waters of her stirring poem. And like an ocean pressing her tides upon a waiting beach, the waves were wonderful. The delivery … sublime. I was captured by Carolyn’s presence and delivery. This poem came from that evening, which speaks about her offering to all of us; and going beyond our own boundaries.”