As always, we're joining Versefest with featured readings by Carolyn Marie Souaid, David Groulx, Kate Cayley and Louise Dupré. See you there!
More information here: versefest.ca/year/2018/schedule/?day=Mar21
Montreal-based author CAROLYN MARIE SOUAID is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently This World We Invented (Brick Books). She has performed at festivals and literary events in Europe, Canada and the U.S. and her work has been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish and Slovenian. Blood is Blood, a videopoem written and produced with Endre Farkas, won a top prize at the 2012 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Her debut novel, Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik, set in Canada’s Far North, was published by Baraka Books last fall.
DAVID GROULX was raised in Elliot Lake Ontario. He is proud of his aboriginal roots, Anishnabe and French Canadian. He won the 3rd annual Poetry NOW Battle of the Bards, read at the IFOA in Toronto & Barrie, (2011), International Ottawa Writers Festival (2012), and the Festival International de la Poésie in Trois Riviers, QC. (2014). He has published ten books of poetry. His book, The Wabigoon River: Poems was nominated for the Archibald Lampman award in 2016. He was the Writer-in-Residence for openbook.com Toronto in 2012. Some of his 10 collections of poetry have been translated into French, Cree and Ojibwa. Sans pitié (Éditions David) is the fruit of a translation of his poems by Éric Charlebois.
KATE CAYLEY is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer living in Toronto. She is the author of one previous poetry collection (When This World Comes to an End, Brick Books), a young adult novel (The Hangman in the Mirror, Annick Press), and a short story collection (How You Were Born, Pedlar Press), which won the 2015 Trillium Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor-General's Award. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto since 2009, and has written two plays produced by Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece. She will be Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University for the 2018-19 academic year.
LOUISE DUPRÉ has published twenty books, which received many awards. Plus haut que les flammes (Le Noroît, 2010) and La main hantée (Le Noroît, 2016) both won the Governor General’s Award for poetry. Her play Tout comme elle, staged by Brigitte Haentjens, was produced in English in Toronto during the Luminato Festival in 2011. Eight of her books have been translated in English. Louise Dupré is member of the Academy of Letters of Quebec and of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2014, she was appointed to the Order of Canada « for her contributions to Quebec literature as a poet, novelist, playwright, essayist and professor »