It’s on! Canadian poets compete for a chance to participate in the Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing in March 2016. Steven W. Beattie hosts. Special guest judges to be announced.
Toronto writer and critic Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.
Christian Bök is a poet, conceptual artist and professor of English at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Crystallography, a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and of Eunoia, a bestselling work of experimental literature awarded the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. He has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry, particularly the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters. Bök presents The Xenotext, a scientific and literary study that combines the principles of DNA mutation and poetry.
Claire Caldwell is a poet and editor living in Toronto where she edits romance and action-adventure novels at Harlequin. She was the 2013 winner of the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize and her work has appeared in publications such as Maisonneuve and PRISM international. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph and a BA in English and French Literature from McGill. Caldwell presents her debut collection of poetry, Invasive Species, which contrasts the calamities of climate change and the dangers of the natural world with the intimacies of everyday life.
Richard Greene is the author of four books of poetry. His collection Boxing the Compass won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2010. His most recent volume, Dante’s House, was published in 2013. Greene is the author of an internationally acclaimed biography of Edith Sitwell and is now writing an authorized biography of Graham Greene. He is a professor of English and Director of the MA in the field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Greene is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.
Stevie Howell’s poetry and criticism have appeared in publications such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail and National Post. Her poems have been finalists for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize and the 2012 Walrus Poetry Prize. She is from Scarborough and studies psychology. Howell presents ^^^^^^ [Sharps]¸ which was published to critical acclaim in 2014 and shortlisted for the 2015 Gerald Lampert Award. Emergencies, faith, truancy and poverty intersect in this wry debut.
Andy McGuire is from Grand Bend, Ontario, and currently resides in Toronto. He is pursuing an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. McGuire’s poems have appeared in Riddle Fence, Hazlitt and The Walrus. He will present Country Club.
Shane Neilson is a poet, physician and critic from New Brunswick. His third book of poems, On Shaving Off His Face, was released with the Porcupine's Quill in Spring 2015. Shane was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Prize in 2010 and won the Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review this year. Neilson is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 for the second time in his career.
Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver and currently lives just outside of Toronto. Her most recent book, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, was named a Canadian Poetry Book of the Year by The National Post and won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Oliver is the co-editor of Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. She also writes about film. Oliver is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.
Damian Rogers is from the Detroit area and now lives in Toronto, where she works as poetry editor of House of Anansi Press, poetry editor of The Walrus and as creative director of Poetry in Voice, a national recitation contest for Canadian high school students. Her first book of poems, Paper Radio, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Rogers presents her latest poetry collection, Dear Leader, with poems that provide instructions for what to leave, what to take and what to fight.
Dane Swan was born and raised in Bermuda to a Bermudian father and Jamaican mother. Visiting family involved trips to small villages in Jamaica like Yallas, or to New York communities like Crown Heights in Brooklyn. The great storytellers he heard in these communities were his only literary professors. At 17, Swan moved to Canada with his brother. His poetry can be found on CD, 12” Vinyl, MP3, in anthologies and in poetry reviews. Bending the Continuum is his first full-length collection of poetry in print. His newest collection, A Mingus Lullaby, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in 2016.
Priscila Uppal is an internationally acclaimed Toronto poet, fiction writer, memoirist, playwright and professor at York University. Her published work includes the poetry collections Sabotage, Traumatology and Ontological Necessities (Griffin Poetry Prize finalist); novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Hilary Weston Prize and Governor General’s Award finalist) and short story collection Cover Before Striking. Uppal is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.