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Aurian Haller



Aurian Haller

Aurian Haller is an award-winning poet and singer-songwriter. He is the lead singer of The Aurian Haller Band, whose unique blend of folk, rock, and jazz is supported by Haller’s haunting lyrics.

Haller’s poetry has appeared in most Canadian journals such as Arc, Descant, The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, Prism International, Queen’s Quarterly, and in his acclaimed collection A Dream of Sulphur. He has won numerous national awards, including a National Magazine Award for poetry and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. His new book, Song of the Taxidermist, was published in 2011 and was widely reviewed. His first album, Normal Town, has received radio play across the country and singles have placed in the top ten, including a number one.

Suggested reading*

Song of the Taxidermist (Goose Lane Editions, 2011)
A Dream of Sulphur (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000)

*These titles have been suggested by the author based on the activities that he/she proposes to students.
It is, however, up to teachers to verify whether the titles are appropriate for their groups (age and education level, specific context, etc.).
Teaching staff are invited to contact the author for clarification on this aspect and assistance in preparing their groups for his/her visit.

Proposed approach and type of activities

I teach three workshops based on different literary traditions.  I have many years of experience teaching creative writing and music in the classroom at all levels and can adapt the workshops to the required grade level.  The first workshop, “How to Speak with Images” focuses on approaches to and techniques for writing poetry. Using a variety of fun exercises, students produce new work and learn to expect more from their writing and reading.  The second, “Singing in Dub” introduces students to dub poetry traditions and leads them through a group writing process with music. Using a mixing board and microphones, students finish the workshop with group performances to selected dub music. The third, “Writing Song Lyrics that Last” introduces students to the art of meaningful lyrics through group exercises and Garage Band sessions. Using a MacBook Pro, a smart board and sound system, I guide students from the rhythms of language to the world of electronic loops.  All three workshops are best suited to a ninety-minute timeframe.

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For information

Aurian Haller
Phone : 418 571-9720
Email :

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Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

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