September 8, 2005
Source: Brandon University:
LOCATION CHANGED: Brandon University welcomes Di Brandt as Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing with inaugural reading
BRANDON, MB - This year, Brandon University welcomes award-winning poet Di Brandt to our faculty as Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing and Literature. We will be celebrating Brandt's return to her home province from the University of Windsor with a reading on Tuesday, September 20th at 8:00 p.m. in The Evans Theatre (located in the George T. Richardson Centre, directly west of Clark Hall on the BU campus.) Joining Brandt will be St. John's, Newfoundland writer and Brick magazine founding editor Stan Dragland.
This reading was coordinated, as part of the Rural Tour, by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival and generously sponsored by the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation.
Di Brandt grew up in Reinland, a Mennonite farming village in Manitoba. Her first book, questions i asked my mother, launched her as a poet, and her many honors include the Gerald Lampert Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the CAA National Poetry Award. She has been nominated for the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and short-listed twice for both the Governor General's Award and the Pat Lowther Award. Her most recent collection, Now You Care (Coach House Books), made the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. After several years at the University of Windsor, Brandt is returning to Manitoba to assume the Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at Brandon University.
Stan Dragland is an Alberta-born writer now thriving in St. John's, Newfoundland. A founding editor of Brick, a journal of reviews and founder of Brick Books, he is known for his protean forms: he writes poetry, fiction (for adults and children), non-fiction, and criticism, sometimes all at once. His first novel, Peckertracks, a Chronicle, was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel, and Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Criticism. In his new book, Stormy Weather: Foursomes (Pedlar Press), prose poetry meets memoir in a nuanced look at the aftermath of a marriage.
The Brandon University President's Office will host a reception after the reading. All are welcome, and admission to both the reading and reception are free, so don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the inauguration of the BU Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing, and to hear two of Canada's foremost literary voices reading in an intimate setting!
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