The Denise Levertov Award with Bruce Cockburn

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4272 Fremont Avenue N

Seattle, WA 98103

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An evening of music and celebration.

For twenty-five years, the literary journal Image has been a showcase of contemporary art inspired by faith. Image and its suite of programs (including two annual seven-day workshops for artists, writing fellowships, and seminars) deepen the wisdom, compassion, and cultural engagement in our world by enabling communities to draw more fully on the virtues of art and imagination.

Image's Denise Levertov Award is named for one of the twentieth century's greatest poets. Levertov, who spent her last years in Seattle, embraced the landscape and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Her identity as a Christian believer--a pilgrim whose faith was inextricably entwined with doubt--became another important facet of her work, particularly in her later poetry. The Levertov Award is presented annually in the spring to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Join us at Fremont Abbey on Thursday, April 23 at 8pm for a concert, interview, and dessert reception as we award the twelfth annual Levertov Award to Bruce Cockburn.

Over the course of four decades, Bruce Cockburn has released more than thirty albums mapping the territory of the human experience. His sound is marked by a blend of folk, blues, jazz, and rock, and his signature vocals range from coarse and gravelly to reedy and longing. In his pursuit of love, both divine and human, he has spun songs of grief, joy, and bewilderment--and even humor. "I'm good at catching rainbows," he sings, "not so good at catching trout."

His honors include thirteen Juno Awards and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded the Order of Canada, one of the highest honors in the nation.

Cockburn's memoir, Rumours of Glory, was released just three months ago. An excerpt from it was featured in Issue 82 of Image. Rolling Stone says, "Rumours of Glory offer[s] a call to life, embracing the mysteries of existence and the search for love and beauty, wherever one finds it."

On Thursday, April 23, we will gather at the Fremont Abbey and honor Bruce Cockburn's life-long work.

Past recipients of the Denise Levertov Award include poets Scott Cairns, Luci Shaw, Madeline DeFrees, and Franz Wright; nonfiction writers Kathleen Norris, Thomas Lynch, and Eugene Peterson; fiction writers Bret Lott and Ron Hansen; and singer-songwriter Sam Phillips.