(Ava Harness’s portrait of Allison Grayhurst 2020)
E-mail: email@example.com: firstname.lastname@example.org
League of Canadian Poets page: https://leagueofcanadianpoets.wildapricot.org/Sys/PublicProfile/41491211/4321598
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst
Creative Talents Unleashed (CTU Publishing Group) Author Page: http://www.ctupublishinggroup.com/allison-grayhurst-.html
Born: October 28, 1966
Grew up in Montreal, Spain, Toronto
Lives now: in Toronto, Canada with my family: husband/soulmate – singer/songwriter/author/cartoonist Kyp Harness http://kypharness.net/ (married 1995), our two children, Ava and Clay, and animal family. (Please scroll down to the bottom to see links to Kyp Harness’ music, fictional books, comic strip, and Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin books).
Sculpting in clay for 23 years. My mentor/teacher was Elizabeth Fraser Williamson who passed away over a decade ago at the age of 87. My primary focus is sculpting people’s faces. (Please scroll down to the bottom to see links to Elizabeth Fraser Williamson’s poetry/sculpture book and two documentaries about her).
Writers/poets/philosophers/musicians/artists/people who have inspired me: Rainer Maria Rilke, Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Dylan Thomas, Theodore Roethke, Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hardy, Kyp Harness, Van Morrison, Homer, Euripides, Pablo Neruda, Nietzsche, Homer, Mozart’s The Requim, Yoko Ono, Rodin, Taylor Jane Green, Van Gough, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, Joni Mitchell, Jane Goodall, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Bela Bartok, Kate Bush.
Spiritual beliefs: Follower of Jesus. No church. No religion. Just the Gospels. “The Message” by Eugene H. Peterson. Vegetarian since I was 13 years old- don’t believe in killing or the causing of unnecessary pain/torture to any living being. In 2014 I changed to a vegan diet in order to embrace a more compassionate lifestyle and because I am an environmentalist; http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
I took a 15 year hiatus from the poetry publishing world in order to raise my children. My nine books, two collections and chapbook all published in 2012 are the result of the writing I continued to do during that time.
I am a full member of the League of Canadian Poets since 2014.
I have been nominated five times for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015/2017/2018.
(In 2015: Indiana Voice Journal, May 2015 – one poem nominated. In 2015: Juxtaprose Literary Magazine, April 2015 – two poems nominated. In 2017, Synchronized Chaos, May 2017 – one eight-part story-poem nominated . In 2018: The Bees Are Dead, June 2018 – one poem nominated.)
In 2018, my book Sight at Zero, was listed #34 on CBC’s “Your Ultimate Canadian Poetry List”.
Recently, May 2020, my work has being translated into Chinese and published “Rendition of International Poetry Quarterly Vol 98”, and in “Poetry Hall issue 7”.
Collaborating with Allison Grayhurst on the lyrics, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/musician Diane Barbarash has transformed eight of my poems into songs, creating a full album. “River – Songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst”, released October 2017.
More than 1250 of my poems have been published in over 485 international literary magazines, journals and anthologies in Canada, United States, England, India, Ireland, China, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Romania, New Zealand, Zambia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Colombia and Australia. Many of my published poems are on this website.
Some of places my work has appeared in include Parabola (Alone & Together print issue summer 2012); SUFI Journal (Featured Poet in Issue #95, Sacred Space); Elephant Journal; Literary Orphans; Blue Fifth Review; The American Aesthetic, Agave Magazine; JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, South Florida Arts Journal; Gris-Gris; New Binary Press Anthology; The Brooklyn Voice; Straylight Literary Magazine; The Milo Review; Foliate Oak Literary Magazine; The Antigonish Review; Dalhousie Review; The New Quarterly; Wascana Review; Poetry Nottingham International; The Cape Rock; Ayris; Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry; The Toronto Quarterly; Fogged Clarity, Existere; Boston Poetry Magazine; Decanto; White Wall Review.
My book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Since then, fifteen other books of my poetry and five collections have been published with Edge Unlimited Publishing.
Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling I had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman, under the pseudonym Jocelyn Kain.
My poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012.
In 2014 my chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series.
In 2015 my book No Raft – No Ocean was published by Scars Publications.
My book Make the Wind was published in 2016 by Scars Publications.
My book Trial and Witness – selected poems, was published in 2016 with Creative Talents Unleashed (CTU Publishing Group).
My three books entitled Wallpaper Stars and Walkways and Fire and more, were published in 2013, 2014, and 2016 respectively. As well, I put out two other collections in 2013. As My Blindness Burns – three long poems, was published in 2014. My collection Our Children are Orchards – collected poems about animals, children and pregnancy was published in 2015. My collection Current – pastlife poems was published in 2016. My most recent book of new poems The Fault of Sages was published in 2017.
Sight at Zero – selected poems (1988 to 2017) was published in 2017.
The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst – completed works from 1988 to 2017 (Volume 1 of 5), (Volume 2 of 5), (Volume 3 of 5), (Volume 4 of 5), and (Volume 5 of 5) were all published in 2017. The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst – Collections from 1988 to 2017 (Volume 6) was also published in 2017.
The Sculptures of Allison Grayhurst was published in 2018.
Animal Culture (rules of commitment) was published in 2018.
Snapshots was published in 2019.
If I Knew This Haunting to be published in 2019.
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(Please note, only previously published poems are posted on this website).
Over 1200 published poems are available to read on this website. All of these poems are accompanied by my audio reading of the poem.
Twenty-seven of my most recent books and three recent chapbooks are available for a free PDF file download from the page on the main menu: https://allisongrayhurst.com/free-pdf-download-of-books/ or here on Issuu: https://issuu.com/allisongrayhurst
(photograph by Ava Harness)
Quotes about Kyp Harness:
“A great writer.”
“One of the finest songwriters on the planet.”
“Kyp Harness has amassed a songbook that should rightfully be regarded as a national treasure. ..Discover the brilliance that is Harness’ way with a song. Songwriting Genius.”
“Kyp Harness is one of the finest songwriters this city – if not this country – has seen. (Kyp Harness has assembled) one of this country’s best songbooks.”
“I won’t mince words: Right now, Kyp Harness is the most vital, essential Canadian singer-songwriter out there.”
“No-one who professes to care about songwriting in this country or any other can afford to ignore him any longer.”
“One of the finest songwriters this country has produced.”
Moncton Times Transcript
Kyp Harness’ music:
Kyp Harness’ fiction novel “The Abandoned” published by Nightwood Editions, October 2018
Kyp Harness’ fiction novel “Wigford Rememberies” published by Nightwood Editions, May 2016
Winner of “The ReLit Awards” for a Novel
Link to an interview about the book:
Kyp Harness’ comic strip “Mortimer the Slug”:
Kyp Harness’ McFarland-published books “The Art of Laurel and Hardy” and “The Art of Charlie Chaplin”:
Elizabeth Fraser Williamson:
Elizabeth Fraser Williamson’s poetry/sculpture book “There’s a Legend in my Spine” and two documentaries about her and her work:
The SCULPTURES of ELIZABETH FRASER WILLIAMSON (27 minutes)This 27 minute film shows a wide selection of Elizabeth’s work. It features her sculptures in clay, wood, concrete and stone.
Brilliantly filmed in-the-round, the sculptures are shown in exquisite detail, revealing their profound aesthetic quality and the masterful technique of this outstanding Canadian sculptor.
|From the artist:“Once in a while I will chance upon a stone – a stone of such dignity and self-containment that one’s immediate response is of awe and respect. Here lies a boulder, ground and crushed by glaciers; aeons old; beautiful; invincible; gaining in stoniness and character with each battle – a king among stones.”
– Elizabeth Fraser Williamson
PATHWAY FROM WITHIN (20 minutes)At first glance, this film appears to be about how one of Canada’s foremost sculptors works in stone, concrete and clay. But it imparts much more than that; it allows the viewer an unique opportunity to share that which is most elusive in art – that moment of inspiration emanating from the wellspring of creativity.
Review: “Intuitive rhythms dominate the sculpture of Elizabeth Fraser Williamson…she never loses touch with the essential soul of the subject.” – Gerry Moses, Art Critic.
incurable pain within the body’s tissues:
as once I burned in spirit, look, I burn
in you; for a long time still the wood could resist you
could fight against the flame as which you blazed,
but now I feed you and I burn in you.
All that’s gentle turns, in the furor that’s seized
my insides, into a fury of hell, not here. . Pure and aimless, free from future, I have mounted the heaped-up pyre of suffering: for this heart’s price I know I cannot buy anything anywhere to restock its silence. Is that still me, burning unrecognizable there? I cannot drag my memories back inside. O life. Life: to be outside. . .And I am in the inferno. No one knows me.” . Rainer Maria Rilke (poem he wrote just before he died of leukemia at 51) . . . The two prayers to say daily throughout the day to seal yourself in God’s faithful love and free yourself of fear
The Lord’s Prayer (Jesus)
My Parent who is in Heaven
glory it be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom,
the power and the glory
now and forever
King David’s Psalms 23
The Lord is my shepherd
I will not want
(S)He makes me lie down on green pastures.
(S)He leads me beside the still waters.
(S)He restores my soul.
(S)He leads me on the path of righteousness of His (Her) name’s sake.
And even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for You are with me.
Your rod and your staff they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy
will follow me all the days of my life
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.. .