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The Denise Levertov Award with Bruce Cockburn

April 28, 2015: UPDATE: Photos from the event from Image Journal’s Facebook page

April 23 2015 Fremont Abbey, Seattle, WA
Bruce Cockburn: The Flow of Love – published by SeattleDailyPhotoVid

Bruce was the recipient of the 12th Annual Denise Levertov Award given by Image, a quarterly journal of the arts and faith, and Seattle Pacific University. Bruce performed a short and splendid set before a small, very appreciative audience. They were then treated to a question and answer segment that ranged from his art and life and his recent memoir to the state of the world and Canadian perceptions of the USA. This short clip is the first question from that session.

Bruce Cockburn - Fremont Abbey - Denise Levertov Award - April 2015 - Photo Daniel Keebler
Bruce Cockburn – Fremont Abbey – Denise Levertov Award – April 2015 – Photo Daniel Keebler

21 December 2014 – 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.

The Denise Levertov Award with Bruce Cockburn
Image Journal
Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM (PDT)
Seattle, WA
Freemont Abbey – concert and reception
General Admission: Free-will Donation
Image Journal is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations will help us put on this beautiful event honoring Bruce Cockburn. Click the link to donate in the email you receive with your tickets.

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