A Tribute to the Late Fredericton Poet Joe Blades

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The upcoming memorial exhibition The Slow Word Uncurls will include a memorial reading and display honouring the work and creative legacy of Fredericton poet Joe Blades. 

photo by Biff Mitchell.

(Fredericton) Joe Blades brought his passion for poetry with him everywhere, much like the journals that were his constant companion. Joe was a poet, a publisher, an artist, and champion of the literary arts. He passed away April 22nd, 2020, at age 58, leaving behind a wealth of written and artistic contributions that span 40 years of hard work and reflect a tenacious dedication to art making and promotion.

Members of the public are invited to join Joe’s friends, colleagues, and family to pay tribute to his life and work. A special thanks to UNB Libraries, UNB Arts Centre and City of Fredericton for their generous support of these events.

Memorial Reading: UNB, Harriet Irving Library, Event Space (rm 318), 7-9 p.m. Friday, October 21, 2022. Refreshments and gifts of Joe’s work will be provided. Please consult UNB’s masking policy.

Blades Archive Display: UNB Harriet Irving Library, 3rd floor, Research Commons, October 17- November 14, 2022. A curated selection of his journals, art, and memorabilia. The complete archive is accessible at Archives & Special Collections, UNB Libraries.

Broken Jaw Press Book Display: UNB Harriet Irving Library, 1st floor, Learning Commons, October 17 to November 14.

** Seating is limited, please RSVP through The Slow Word Uncurls event Facebook page.

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