Tuesday 24 April 2012

Larry Nicholson

Larry Nicholson is Cree from Montana 1st Nation at Hobbema, Alberta but now calls un-ceded Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver) home. Graduating with a Fine Arts degree from UBC’s Creative Writing Department, Larry has written for newspaper and TV, but also written, directed and performed for the stage, as well as appearing in independent film. A consultant in a variety of fields, he presently does family intervention work with a non-profit 1st Nations organization serving the Lower Mainland. 


in dreams
i will come to you

there in that place
you gather and rise

when you wake
remember this face
as you do the sound
of your mother’s voice

carry it with you
as you would
your best charm

                                     for in this place
                                     you come to me

                                      and i collect
                                      your rain and wind

 ~Larry Nicholson

Larry will publish a collection of poetry in 2012 titled Storm & Grace. He  has published variously in collections such as Wreck Magazine, One Cool Word, Gatherings: The En’owkin Journal of First North American Peoples, The Ubyssey, and Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image.

This literary "Road Man" despises TV and is free man like his father before him. Poetry is the bliss Larry follows while sporting calloused fingertips from playing his guitar each day until sleepy.

Larry will be one of the featured performers at the upcoming Doors Open 2012: Poetry Nature event:

Sunday May 6 ~ 1:30 to 4 pm
Richmond City Hall Council Chambers
6911 No. 1 Road (at Granville), Richmond BC

His [tender & beautiful] blog is located at 

Larry managed to slip what some say is the longest word in the English language ~ "antidisestablishmentarianism" ~ seamlessly into a poem. That's some savvy word-wrangling!

Notes & Sources:

Larry's poem "Storm" from my archives 
Bio + pic from the man himself

Salish Seas - Larry Nicholson
Performing @ the launch of Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image
Uploaded by on Oct 31, 2011

About Charlie's Lullaby:
Uploaded by on Apr 30, 2010
Words and music: Larry Nicholson
Guitar and vocal: Larry
vocal, hand drum, keyboard, bass: Kristi Haavisto
Violin: Jessica Deutsch
Recorded and produced by Kristi
Recorded at The Longhouse, Vancouver BC
© 2010 Champsteen Publishing

To hear more of his songs, visit his blog,
and my earlier post, prairie to coast

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