The newest collection by poet, author and York English Professor Priscila Uppal, Summer Sport: Poems, a companion volume to the popular Winter Sport: Poems, will launch this month.
Summer Sport: Poems were composed by Uppal in her capacity as Canadian Athletes Now Poet-in-Residence for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2011 Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament.
The launch and readings will take place Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30pm at The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street (just south of College Street) in Toronto. Books by former Canadian Poet Laureate George Bowering, David McFadden and Peter Norman will also launch. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
Reading this book, you will wrestle with Plato, volley with Elizabeth Barrett Browning, eat yams with Usain Bolt, fence with Don Quixote, make soccer history with Canada’s women, bash chairs in wheelchair rugby and more.
The book also includes an introduction about physical and creative practice and health, a “sports writing boot camp” outline to conduct your own sports writing workshop and recommended reading for the off-season. It’s a great gift for any sports fan, poetry aficionado, English teacher or Olympic junkie.
All Uppal’s royalties from Winter Sport: Poems and Summer Sport: Poems are donated to the Canadian Athletes Now Fund. As she says, “10 million Canadians watched the women’s soccer bronze-medal match. If every person who watched donated $1, our athletes could be funded for the next games, rather than in debt.”
To pre-order the book, visit the Mansfield Press website.
In addition, Uppal’s U.K. publisher of poetry, Bloodaxe Books, will send her on an extensive book tour this April/May for her book Successful Tragedies: Selected Poems 1998-2010, where she will be featured at international festivals in Galway, Ireland, and Liverpool, England. She will also read in Newcastle, Hull, Sheffield, the Edinburgh Scottish Poetry Library and at William Wordsworth’s famous cottage in England’s Lake District.