Please join us this Wednesday 21st September at 730pm for our first reading of the Fall semester! We are going HYBRID, We’d love to see you in person at Fairleigh Dickinson University auditorium. Otherwise, you can pre-register for the Zoom info: https://tinyurl.com/3uw73fpu. Our featured poets this month are Gillian Jerome and Dallas Hunt. Bios below!
Gillian Jerome is a mother, writer, teacher who lives on the unceded land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. She is the author of two books of poems. Her first book, Red Nest (Nightwood Editions, 2009), was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and won the 2010 ReLit Award for Poetry. Nevertheless: Walking Poems was published by Nightwood Editions in Spring 2022. She co-edited an oral history project,Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008), which won the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award. Her work has been supported by the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has taught Creative Writing and Literatures the University of Arizona, Douglas College, and the University of British Columbia. She now teaches English Language Arts, Creative Writing and Social Studies to Vancouver teenagers. Born in Ottawa, and raised in Orléans, Ontario, she lives in East Vancouver with her partner, Tom Green, and her daughters, Rory and Micah Sophia, and their sweet cat, Pippa.
Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty Eight territory in northern Alberta. He has had creative works published in Contemporary Verse 2, Prairie Fire, PRISM international and Arc Poetry. His first children’s book, Awâsis and the World-famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018. His new book, CREELAND, is out through Nightwood Editions. Hunt is an assistant professor of Indigenous literatures at the University of British Columbia.