Hendrik Slegtenhorst is a Canadian author and executive specializing in culture, local government, and heritage. He resides in Edmonton, the capital of the Province of Alberta.
He has published Caravaggio’s Dagger, an examination of a pursuit of right action (Iguana, Toronto, 2013; 80 poems, 120 pages), and over 100 works in established literary publications and as a newspaper columnist on local government.
Publication is forthcoming of poetry on themes of environmental distress and on the string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich in The Antioch Review (Yellow Springs, Ohio) and Descant (Toronto, Ontario), respectively. His article “Literary Presence, or Some Fundamentals of Being Seen,” recently appeared in the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s WestWord (Edmonton, Alberta).
Covenant, a book of 97 poems and 130 pages, was completed in July, 2014. Its theme is the unstated, never negotiated covenant between existence and life; that is, the conditional situation that existence provides to those that live within it, and the necessity in particular of human life to acknowledge and respect the inexplicability and inexorability of the situation it has been given.
His continuing writing projects include the development of:
- essays on place, with an emphasis on Canada and government, and
- essays on literature and the fine arts, with an emphasis on Czesław Miłosz and the contemporary relevance of the sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach.
He is as a director of the Executive Planning Council of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, and the chair of its advocacy committee.
Recent cultural activity includes:
- The FishBowl Network, judge, first annual international short story contest, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, June-October 2014.
- Stroll of Poets’ Society, vice-president and workshop co-ordinator, annual workshop series (4), inclusive of collaboration with art galleries Harcourt House and Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta, April-September 2014.
- Songs and Letters of World War I, 1914-2014. Invitational contributor in a concert conceived by Emily Grieve, to incorporate work by Stephan G. Stephansson. Alberta College, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, August 2014.
- Restoration of parliamentary architect Thomas Fuller heritage town hall, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, consultative guidance in political governance and community liaison, June-August 2014.
- Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, board member and advocacy committee chair, new committee terms of reference, structure, and accountability functions, Edmonton, Alberta, June-August 2014.
- Stephan G. Stephansson House Provincial Historical Site, featured reading, Alberta Culture annual poetry event, Markerville, Alberta, 13 July 2014.
- Completion of manuscript of Covenant, 130 pp., 97 poems, Edmonton, Alberta, June 2005-July 2014.
- “The Economic Benefit of Urban Heritage Preservation” (San Antonio, Texas, 2013; publication, Municipal World), St. Thomas, Ontario, May 2013-July 2014.
- Stroll of Poets’ Society, “Fresh Verse,” a showcase of six young poets, board presence, Upper Crust Café, Edmonton, Alberta, 23 June 2014.
- Edmonton Poetry Festival, Café Readings, Audreys Books, host and featured reading, Edmonton, Alberta, 27 April 2014.
- Edmonton Poetry Festival, ‘New Books,’ CBC Centre Stage, featured reading, Edmonton, Alberta, 25 April 2014.
- Glass Door, Mill Woods Artists’ Collective, featured reading, Edmonton, Alberta, 27 March 2014.
- Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, juror, Edmonton, Alberta, March 2014.
- Prism Literary Magazine, short list, poetry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2014.
- Poets’ Haven, Stroll of Poets’ Society, featured reading, Audreys Books, Edmonton, Alberta, 23 February 2014.
- Glass Door, Mill Woods Artists’ Collective, reading, Edmonton, AB, 30 January 2014.
- National Magazine Awards, nominee, by Grain Magazine (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Toronto, Ontario, January 2014.
- Caravaggio’s Dagger, book launch, Audreys Books, Edmonton, Alberta, 28 November 2013.
- Poets’ Haven, Stroll of Poets’ Society, reading, Audreys Books, Edmonton, Alberta, 17 November 2013.
- Sharon Drummond Chapbook Prize, finalist, reading and panel discussion on “Why Poetry Matters,” Alberta Culture Days, Shelf Life Books, Calgary, Alberta, 28 September 2013.