I am excited and honoured to announce that my story, The Great Caribou, made the CBC Short Story Prize Longlist http://www.cbc.ca/1.4602629. Some of you may not have realized that as well as doing art, I am a writer.
As the only Nova Scotia writer who made the CBC longlist and well aware that this contest receives thousands of entries, I’m humbled to have my story make it this far! For me, this means winning already! I’m very interested to read the other stories and I congratulate the other writers on the longlist.
The Great Caribou is the result of many rewrites and I must extend a huge thanks to my circle of readers and editors John Graham-Pole, Carla Haley-Baxter, Angus Braid, and Dorothy Lander. The Great Caribou is a short story adapted from a chapter in my upcoming novel and follows a settler woman in the 1870’s trying to hunt to feed her starving children. I’ve been working at an historical multi-generation novel for about 15 years and am now closer to finishing it. Creative writing is something I’ve done all my life, but this is the first time I decided to share my creative fiction in many years. I must also give thanks to WO Mitchell, Hugh MacLennan, and Don Coles who always believed in my writing and encouraged me to share it. Writer Donna Morrissey who was Writer in Residence at the People’s Place Library also looked at an earlier draft of this and encouraged me to keep going. Where would writers be without a strong group of editors and supporters around them?
There’s more about me and my story at cbc.ca/1.4588219. The shortlist for the prize will be announced on Tuesday April 10 and the winner will be revealed on Tuesday April 17. Good luck to all the longlisted writers. If you would like more information about The Great Caribou or my writing, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at AnneCamozziArt@gmail.com, or my agent, Giulia De Gasperi firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November, 2017 Anne performed a wheelchair dance at the 2nd Dance for Life event held in Antigonish at St. Francis Xavier University. This event, sponsored by Arts Health Antigonish and the Heritage Association of Antigonish was designed to make a re-commitment to peace and friendship, nation to nation and a treaty was signed to indicate this. The treaty was later displayed in the local library for others to sign. The evening, which included smudging and drumming by Mi’kmaq participants, also included the presentation of a painting by a Mi’kmaq artist and multi-cultural dance performances. Anne was one of the dancers participating in an evening that highlighted many dance forms including highland dance and interpretative dances done by members of the local L’Arche community. You can see Anne’s dance by following the link at the end of the blog. Please note that people standing on the stage were there as spotters, as Anne closes her eyes when wheelchair dancing.
Anne’s dance celebrates the joy of play and connectedness to the earth, while acknowledging her respect for the Mi’kmaq people. She hopes her dance expresses the common love of music, movement, and play, but also the interconnectedness of all life. For her music she chose Eskisoni Mi’kmaq musician Joel Denny’s song “Alukjii Ktapi’kiaqn or Little Cloud” to honour the Mi’kmaq people and traditions, but also because it expresses her joy in connecting with the earth and playfulness. Her dance begins and ends with a bow to the four directions. In between she expresses what it feels like to spin and sit on a cloud, feet dangling in the air.
She chose blue and white for her clothing to represent the idea of being in the sky on a cloud and wishes to express her gratitude to Joel Denny for the beautiful music she used that he had uploaded to YouTube.
So honoured that American artist and leader in Eco-thinking and healing arts ministry, Mary Southard has posted an edited version of my blog from Kairos on “One Blue World”. Mary has been a major influence on my art practice and has mentored and encouraged me. Many of you will know her beautiful work from the Ministry of the Arts calendar. I hope you enjoy her website as well as my guest blog.
Today I’m excited to share that I am a featured artist on Lisa Koschwitz Salerno’s website. Ms. Salerno is a Boston based artist and writer associated with Lyrical Abstraction, feminism and equality. She also does great work interviewing other artists. The full article available here features an interview with me, as well as a selection of some of my work: http://www.koschwitzsalerno.com/home/featured-artist-interview-with-anne-camozzi/
Thanks so much to Lisa and I hope you enjoy reading this.
“Anne Camozzi, artist from Nova Scotia, has shared her thoughts and her One Blue World painting for Earth Day, this coming Saturday. Celebrating environment, art and healing, she began with an understanding of the importance of water and life and how our artistry and creativity can help heal ourselves and our world. She explores this year’s theme of environmental literacy, encouraging us to ‘ensure that environmental education embraces arts, harnesses creativity and explores passion, play, awe, and reverence.'”
Thanks to everyone who came to the launch of Galaxies. It was wonderful to see that my book has such wide appeal and so much support. I will cherish the memories of the affirming and love-filled joy that was in the room. I hope everyone who bought Galaxies will help spread the word and contact me if you have ideas about where it should be sold.
I am proud and excited about Galaxies, my new book of art and writing, which I will be officially launching September 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm at People’s Place Library, Main St, Antigonish, NS. All are invited. You can learn more about the story behind my book by clicking on “About Galaxies”.
Though we are launching in September, the first books are now available for sale. You can learn where and how to buy Galaxies by clicking on the Purchase Galaxies link, which appears at the right or bottom of your screen, depending on the device you are using.