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Canadian poet Randall Maggs reading at UVM on November 12



Thursday, November 12, 4:30 PM
John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill

Randall Maggs is the author of two collections, Timely Departures (1994) and Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems (2008) and co-editor of two anthologies pairing Newfoundland and Canadian poems with those of Ireland. Night Work won the 2008 Winterset Award, the 2009 E.J. Pratt Poetry Award, and was a Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2008. It has been shortlisted for the upcoming Kobzar Literary Award. Maggs is artistic director of Newfoundland’s March Hare festival of music and literature, and has just retired from teaching literature at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University, Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

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Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems is a hockey saga, wrapping the game‚s story in the “intense, moody,
contradictory” character of Terry Sawchuk, one of its greatest goalies. In compact, conversational poems
that build into a narrative long poem, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems follows the tragic trajectory of
the life and work of Terry Sawchuk, dark driven genius of a goalie who survived twenty tough seasons
in an era of inadequate upper-body equipment and no player representation. The book is illustrated
with photographs mirroring the text, depicting key moments in the career of Terry Sawchuk, his
exploits and his agony.

“Through his marvelous, moving poetry, Randall Maggs gets closer than any biographer to the heart of
the darkest, most troubled figure in the history of the national game. This may be the truest hockey
book ever written. It reaches a level untouched by conventional sports literature… His Sawchuk is real.”
– Stephen Brunt, Globe and Mail columnist and Canada‚s premier sportswriter and commentator

Sponsored by the UVM Canadian Studies Program, and the Canada Council for the Arts

For more information about the reading, please contact
Paul Martin, Dept of English

The following articles will give you more information about Randall Maggs and his work: inspires poetry page/2198813/story.html