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.
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 the author of Country Club. He lives in Huron County.
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.
Priscila Uppal lives in Toronto and is a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, playwright, professor, and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Society. Publications include poetry, Sabotage, Ontological Necessities (Griffin Poetry Prize finalist); novels, The Divine Economy of Salvation, To Whom It May Concern; and memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Hilary Weston Prize and Governor General’s Award finalist). She’s been translated into Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Korean, and Italian. Time Out London dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.”