Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 7:00pm
Malahat - Fiddlehead
Poetry Reading
University of Kings College
6350 Coburg Road

Monday, March 5, 2102 at 7:30 p.m. 

Reading in the MacDonald Room, located in the E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre (Library first floor), Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway.

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading with Don McKay, Basma Kavanagh and Brian Bartlett at the Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main Street . Sponsored by the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC).

Tuesday, March 27, 2102 at 8:00 p.m.
Reading at the Tree Reading Series, at Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue.

Thurday, March 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m
. Reading with Stephanie Bolster at the Atwater Poetry Project, at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater Avenue.

Monday April 2, 2012 at 7:30pm
Reading at Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street at 7:30 PM.

Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading with Stephanie Bolster at the Planet Earth reading series at The Moka House, #103-1633 Hillside Avenue

Hunt's Point, Nova Scotia
Fri Aug 10, 2012 -  7:00pm
East Coast / West Coast
Owl's Head House Concert
Poetry by E. Alex Pierce and Troy Jollimore

40 Owl's Head Road

Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton
Friday August 24, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
Poetry with a View 2012
Main-à-Dieu Coastal Discovery Centre
Sean Howard Richard Marchand
E. Alex Pierce Stewart Donovan

Cape Breton Book Launch:
Wednesday, Nov 23
5:00 to 7:00 PM

Cape Breton Centre for 
Craft & Design
The Gallery
322 Charlotte Street
Sydney, NS








Since 2013, E. Alex Pierce has been the Shelburne County Arts Council (SCAC) writer-in-residence in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, originally funded also by the Canada Council for the Arts. SCAC has funded two extensions of the program, called the Shelburne County Writers Mentorship Program.

Pierce works individually with writers, offering one-on-one consultations and new participants are welcome.

At the conclusion of the mentorship period in early December, Alex will present an evening of readings by the participants and will read from her own work. 

The original Shelburne County Writer-in-Residence Program was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia’s Department of Community, Culture and Heritage, and the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Grants Program.

To participate in the current Mentorship Program, email Alex Pierce at: alex_pierce@cbu.ca.

See E Alex Pierce reading from Vox Humana

Listen to a South Coast Today interview with E Alex Pierce

See her web site HERE


"Taken together, these poems perform a universal voice—“the under-singing.” This is also the voice of the book’s narrator: it is her story, though its versions are legion." Jane Monroe - Malahat Review

"...interesting and allusive... invocation and a lament for what has gone and been lost." Heather Craig - Telegraph-Journal 

"... memories that transcend the personal to become universal... neither sentimental nor solemn, but retrospective and elegiac, lyrical and optimistic about the power of the human voice to communicate." - 
Margaret Patricia Eaton -Atlantic Books Today

"These poems teem with personal, historical, and mythical stories... a collection full of history and memory, and with the absences that produce them."
Moberley Luger - Canadian Literature online 

"Whatever the subject, the real strength of Pierce’s work lies in the richness of its landscape which is forever opening out before us, transfigured by an inner music and wonder and light.”
John Glenday

E. Alex Pierce lives in East Sable River, Nova Scotia where she is developing a centre for writers and artists. In her earlier life she taught voice, movement, and mask for the theatre, and created original collaborative works with visual artists and composers. 

For ten years she taught creative writing (playwriting & poetry) at Cape Breton University, and is currently Series Editor for the CBU Press publication, The Essential Cape Breton Library. 

She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and has been a participant in the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre. 

Her work has been in anthologized in Words Out There: Women Writers in Atlantic Canada (Roseway); Best Canadian Poetry 2008 (Tightrope); and in the recently published Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry (Cormorant). 

Her book, Vox Humana, has just been released from Brick Books. Pierce will be offering readings and workshops throughout Nova Scotia in 2011-2012.


Poems of great passion and tenderness, as close to rapture as a writer can get and still hold on. 

E. Alex Pierce’s voice can be heard echoing down the long corridors of memory and myth. It’s not that these poems live in the past; instead, they manage to bring it back to life with uncanny sensual details and an urgency that makes you realize some fires never really go out. Vox Humana is all lilt and discipline in its courtliness, its surrender to the theatre of the moment at its most alive.

Pump organ, stops labelled

vox, vox, vox - tremolo, bellows filling air.

Take this creature into your throat pipe. Gristle,

heft, and hide. Rasp, slide the whistle - the alder

cuts its throat to speak its sound.
                                                           - from “Vox animalia”

 “‘Poetry’, someone once wrote, ‘is the music of consciousness’, and Vox Humana is indeed a rich diapason rooted in the landscape of Nova Scotia’s Sable River. But the wonderful thing about the collection is its lightness and optimism – though its subject matter is often love and loss, it can be retrospective without being nostalgic, and elegiac without overbearing solemnity. Good poetry is always redemptive, and one leaves this collection refreshed, exhilarated and renewed.

“Its scope is wide: beautifully crafted family reminiscences; Bach and Beethoven; Raphael and Goltzius; Shakespeare; the Greek Myths and the fate of the Romanovs. But whatever the subject, the real strength of Pierce’s work lies in the richness of its landscape which is forever opening out before us, transfigured by an inner music and wonder and light.” – John Glenday




Vox Humana - E Alex Pierce - Canadian poet, writer

Vox Humana
New book of poetry by E Alex Pierce from Brick Books

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