2017-18 Winter’s Tales Authors’ Reading Series kicks off with Joseph Maviglia

Poet, singer-songwriter, and activists reads at UPEI September 14 and 16
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Joseph Maviglia

In the great tradition of performance poets and singer-songwriters, Joseph Maviglia is known for his riveting music and poetry presentations. His songs, poems, and essays draw on diverse influences—from his Calabrian-Italian heritage and North American folk and rock, to the Beat poets and contemporary spoken word artists. During tours across Canada, Europe, and the United States, he has supported many social justice causes through his artistry.

Maviglia will give two performances as part of the UPEI Winter’s Tales Author Reading series: on September 14, 7:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge of UPEI’s SDU Main Building, and again on September 16, 1:00 pm in the Montague Rotary Library at 53 Wood Island Hill (Cavendish Wellness Centre) in Montague. Admission is free.

Originally from Ottawa, Maviglia attended the Banff Centre for the Arts after studying at Simon Fraser University. He settled in Toronto where he was part of a group of singer-songwriters and poets in the vanguard of Toronto's musical and literary circles.

Among his publications are poetry books The God Hangs Upside Down and Freakin’ Palomino Blues, and his recent essay collection, Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock and Roll. His albums include Memory to Steel and Angel in the Rain.

Maviglia’s performances are sponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Arts and Department of English, the Montague Rotary Library, and with generous support from the Writers’ Union of Canada and The Canada Council for the Arts.

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