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Adrienne Drobnies

Adrienne Drobnies

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Adrienne Drobnies is a poet and scientist. Her first book of poetry Salt and Ashes (Signature Editions, 2019) won the Fred Kerner Award from the Canadian Authors Association and was longlisted for the Fred Cogswelll Award for Excellence in Poetry. Adrienne has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley; she has worked at Simon Fraser University and the Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver.  Her origins are in Texas and California and she has spent most of her life in Toronto and Vancouver. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio, her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary magazines, including The Antigonish Review, Event, Riddle Fence, The Toronto Quarterly, and The Maynard, as well as The Cider Press Review and Sow’s Ear’s Review in the US, and Popshot Magazine in the UK. She is an editor of a collection of poetry in French, Poèmes sur Mesure, by Alain Fournier. Her poetry has received honourable mention in the Compton Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2015 Vallum Award for poetry.  Her long poem "Randonnées" won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Award for Best Suite of Poems by an Emerging Poet and was a finalist for the CBC literary award for poetry.  

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Presentation Length:
15-60 minute readings, panel discussions, and lectures
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1/2 day to 1 week
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Poets of any age
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Free up to $500/day depending on audience, size, and preparation time
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Poetry as play.

Poetry as exploration.

Poetry as a healing art.

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30-50 minutes
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All grades
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