Author Fact Sheet
Hendrik Slegtenhorst has published Caravaggio‘s Dagger (Iguana, Toronto, 2013, 105 pp.) and over 140 works in established media, including:
- Canadian Literature (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC),
- The Fiddlehead (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB),
- Dalhousie Review (Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS),
- Windsor Review (University of Windsor, Windsor, ON),
- Prairie Fire (Winnipeg, MB),
- Grain (Saskatoon, SK),
- the new quarterly (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON),
- The Antioch Review (Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH),
- Descant (Toronto, ON),
- Nashwaak Review (St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB),
- The Malahat Review (University of Victoria, Victoria, BC),
- CV2 (Winnipeg, MB),
- Qwerty (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB),
- Triadæ (Madrid and Toulouse), and
- Municipal World (St. Thomas, ON).
The subject of Caravaggio’s Dagger is a pursuit of right action. Civil Thoughts, a series of 40 articles on Canadian local government was published in newspapers and magazines between 2007 and 2012. Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, Slegtenhorst’s second book of poetry, whose subject is the contract life imposes on a human being as the fundamental condition of its existence, continues to enjoy success since its completion in 2015, with 35 of its 78 poems now published in established periodicals. Constellations of Desire is Slegtenhorst’s third volume of poetry, and is in progress.
He is a past co-chair of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, past president of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, and a past director of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association. His cultural website is www.culturalrites.com.
His interests are literature, music, and the arts; the natural environment and the urban landscape; and, the realization of community identity, aspirations, and needs. His work experience extends across:
- his activities as a professional writer, speaker, columnist, and editor;
- board directorships in cultural, community, and economic development;
- executive management of local government and heritage institutions;
- senior management of post-secondary education; and,
- corporate appointments in project management, information technology, human resources, compensation, and training at transnationals.
Reviews of Caravaggio’s Dagger
“The best books should make you slightly uneasy, probe your thoughts, and stir rumination. Hendrik Slegtenhorst’s poems do that for me, and for that gift I am grateful.” – Dr. James Delgado, Director of Maritime Heritage, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Washington, DC, and author or editor of over 33 books integral to his work as a world-renowned maritime archaeologist and explorer.
“A deeply felt credo about life, our present society and its confusing elements.” – Henk Guittart, founder and former member of the acclaimed Schoenberg Quartet, and recognized worldwide as an exceptional tutor, chamber music coach, and conductor.
“The poems of Caravaggio’s Dagger will impose themselves on readers to read them more than once because they have a magic combination of consciousness and unconsciousness, and above all they have [the] salient feature of catharsis.” – Kadrush Radogoshi, distinguished Kosovar poet, novelist, and essayist.
“Caravaggio’s Dagger is one of those rare books of poetry you pick up and find it almost impossible to put down.” – Candice James, poet laureate of New Westminster, British Columbia.
“The author’s ability to not only capture deep meaning and feeling is incredible.” – John Ferguson, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipal County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia.