Poetry, Passion, Performance - Acclaimed series Heart of a Poet, by producer Maureen Judge, returns to Bravo!

    Premieres September 6, 2007 at 8 p.m. ET

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Award-winning director/producer Maureen Judge
casts a spotlight into the shadows and unveils the soul of the scribe with
season two of Heart of a Poet, premiering on Bravo! September 6 at 8 p.m. ET.
    Each of the 13 weekly episodes profiles an individual poet, exploring
their lives and literature, worlds and work. From the jazz-infused style of
the legendary Sheri-D Wilson, to the Gerald Lampert Award-winning works of Ray
Hsu, Heart of a Poet paints an eclectic and vibrant picture of poets as
diverse as the Canadian cultural landscape that inspires their work. Taking
poetry from the page to the public, Heart of Poet features live performances.
    Hosted by Toronto's own vivacious spoken-word poet Andrea Thompson, Heart
of a Poet uses interviews, on-the-street recitations and readings to take
viewers inside the world of Canadian poetry in all its varied forms.
    The season premiere features B.C. poet Shane Koyczan, a winner of the
National Poetry Slam and "Best Poetry Reading" prize at the Edinburgh Book
Festival. His punchy, edgy delivery, uncanny ability to weave words and
unwavering patriotism recently earned him the role of 'spokespoet' for the
Canadian Tourism Commission, who enlisted his skill to write a patriotic piece
on Canada. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsq68qRexFc.
    The series continues with performance poet and long-time NOW Magazine
contributor Robert Priest (September 13), the hard-driving, hip-hop style of
Motion (September 20) and Order of Canada recipient Daphne Marlatt (September
    Governor General Award-winner and University of Toronto's inaugural E.J.
Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature George Elliot Clark will be featured on
November 8.
    The final episode on November 29 showcases two-time Juno-award winning
DUB poet Lillian Allen (Revolutionary Tea Party and Conditions Critical), who
is a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design and was the first
Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at Queen's University.
    Heart of a Poet is produced by Maureen Judge, best known for her
Genie-award-winning documentary Unveiled: The Mother Daughter Relationship.
Judge's 13-episode documentary series, Family Secrets, was recently released
on DVD and is available through www.makinmovies.tv and Title House

    Heart of a Poet is created and produced by Makin' Movies Inc. and
Symmetree media in association with Access Media Group's BookTelevision,
ACCESS and CLT; and Bravo! Canada. Produced with the assistance of the
Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit and with the assistance of the Government of
Ontario - The Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit. For more information,
please visit www.heartofapoet.ca.

    Heart of a Poet airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo! beginning
    September 6.

    Interviews available.

For further information:

For further information: Maxmilian Nchama, Martin Waxman, Palette Public
Relations, (416) 703-9859 x 17, 11; Laura Hughes, Bravo! Publicist, (416)
591-7400 x 2746

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