Join us for a special evening of poetry as McClelland & Stewart poets Madhur Anand, Lorna Crozier, Liz Howard and Cassidy McFadzean read from their new collections, followed by a panel discussion where they will be joined by M & S poetry board members Dionne Brand and Kevin Connolly. Jacob McArthur Mooney will host and moderate the panel.
Madhur Anand’s poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America and in the anthology The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. She co-edited the anthology Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry. Anand completed her PhD in theoretical ecology at Western University and is currently a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. She lives in Guelph with her husband and three young children. Anand presents work from her debut collection, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes.
Dionne Brand is a poet and novelist. Her latest novel is Love Enough. Her book of poetry, Ossuaries, won the Griffin Poetry Prize, and her literary honours include the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award and the 2006 Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. She was Toronto’s third Poet Laureate from 2009 – 2012.
Kevin Connolly is an award-winning poet and an arts journalist. His books include Asphalt Cigar; Drift, which won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and Revolver, which was a finalist for both the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Trillium Book Award. Before joining the McClelland & Stewart poetry board, Connolly was longtime poetry editor at Coach House Books, where he was well-known for cultivating new talent.
Lorna Crozier is the award-winning author of 16 previous books of poetry, most recently Small Mechanics, The Blue Hour of the Day: Selected Poems and Whetstone. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. Crozier is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria and an Officer of the Order of Canada, and she has received three honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian Literature. Born in Swift Current, she now lives in British Columbia. Crozier presents work from her new collection, The Wrong Cat.
Liz Howard was born and raised in Northern Ontario. She received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan and Matrix Magazine. Her chapbook Skullambient was a finalist for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph and works as a Research Officer in cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto. She presents work from her debut collection, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent.
Cassidy McFadzean’s poems have appeared in magazines across Canada, including The Malahat Review, Grain, Arc, Vallum and The Fiddlehead. In 2012, she published a chapbook, Farwell, and in 2013 she was a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize and the Walrus Poetry Prize. McFadzean was born in Regina and studied at the University of Regina and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She presents work from her debut collection, Hacker Packer.