Alice Major’s art connects the worlds of poetry and mythology to the streets and realities of everyday life in Edmonton. According to Alice’s editor Peter Midgley, her award-winning book, The Office Tower Tales, “made being a downtown office worker hip and made talking about poetry over coffee breaks on Churchill Square seem like the most natural thing to do.”
Alice made it her mission to understand the needs of her community. While writing poems about the city’s potholes and its love for hockey, she is a passionate and energetic community ambassador for her art.
As Edmonton’s first Poet Laureate, Alice founded and chaired the inaugural Edmonton Poetry Festival in 2006, an event which she still serves as artistic director.
Alice has published nine acclaimed collections of poetry, three of which were shortlisted for the prestigious Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. The Office Tower Tales won in 2009. The following year, Memory’s Daughter won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award from the Writer’s Guild of Alberta.
Alice is frequently asked to read her work in venues across Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She has served the national poetry community as president of the League of Canadian Poets.
But her heart is most fully bonded to home. There is no greater pleasure for Alice than hosting a monthly workshop at home for local poets. She is their mentor: a beloved wordsmith who casts a lasting magical spell.