In Conversation with St. Albert's Poet Laureate: Julia Sorensen
November 5, 2021
Julia Sorensen’s term as St. Albert’s Poet Laureate has been overshadowed by one particular theme: the COVID-19 pandemic. While most Poet Laureates can expect to cheer on the community at celebrations and events, during her time as Poet Laureate, Sorensen has mostly been called upon to help us make sense of a period that has been ...
Poetry, healing & recovery – Do not say we have nothing
September 21, 2021
It’s overly romantic to posit art as a cure-all for emotional turmoil—and by art I mean everything from visual art to theatre, poetry to music to dance, the sounds of intentionally weighted microphones swinging back and forth over an amplifier to dreamy, scrap metal giraffes. We’ve curated a panel called ‘Poems to Heal the Soul’, but the title is ...
Rainbow Logos vs. the Art of Shutting Up: Pride in the time of COVID-era
June 11, 2021
I don't think I'm alone in feeling a lot a bit of anxiety at that first photo courtesy of Edinburgh Live. Especially because parades are in COVID format again this year, everything I’ve seen acknowledging Pride Month has been online. Honestly, the only content I’ve noticed has been either massive corporations changing their logos or constant ...
Celebrate Poetry Month with St. Albert's Poet Laureate
March 31, 2021
To kick off the start of National Poetry Month, we interviewed St. Albert’s Poet Laureate, Julia Sorensen. In partnership with the St. Albert Public Library, the City of St. Albert champions literary and cultural development for the community through the Poet Laureate. Julia Sorensen will be St. Albert’s Poet Laureate for 2020 through 2022. ...
Amplify Festival loses city funding
November 7, 2020
Young artistic minds in St. Albert will no longer have an annual fall festival to showcase their skills after St. Albert city council pulled funding for the Amplify Festival. ... Julia Sorensen, St. Albert’s poet laureate who has been involved with Amplify from its inception, said she wasn't surprised, but felt disappointed by council's decision. ...
Natter: The Zillenial Podcast: Julia Sorensen Part 1-Writing and Poetry
October 20, 2020
Hello, my dear humans. In Part 1 of my interview with Julia Sorensen (poet/writer/artist/musician extraordinaire), she gives us her take on the holistic nature of writing and art, shares her creative origin story, and tells us about some of her current work in the community. Let's get artsy!
Humans of Amplify Podcast: Ep. 2 Poetic Musings with Julia Sorensen
June 16, 2020
Julia Sorensen is St. Albert's second ever Poet Laureate and coach of the Paul Kane Poetry Club. While her words have been a staple at Amplify events for many years, Amplify Committee members Ash and Kaden got to get into the nitty gritty of what and who inspires her work, why she got into poetry and how she feels about making plans for the future. Recorded May 21.