As Valentine’s Day approaches you might be struggling to find the right words to say how you feel.
Don’t let Valentine’s Day stress you out.
We have asked 2016 Giller Prize nominee Gary Barwin (@garybarwin), editor and art director of Shameless Magazine Sheila Sampath (@sheilasheila) and poet and professor Daniel Scott Tysdal (@dstiz) to help you write your love notes!
Gary, Sheila and Daniel are happy to help with:
- Writing your lover of many years something new
- Penning a lovely limerick for your son or daughter
- Choosing the right words for a note to mom
- Sending your gal pals the funniest card
- A little something to go with the candy gram for your coworkers
- And much more. Just ask!
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Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and multimedia artist. He has authored 21 books of poetry, fiction and work for children. His nationally bestselling novel, Yiddish for Pirates, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literature Prize, and his new poetry collection, No TV for Woodpeckers will appear this spring. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices eWriter-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library. Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin moved to Canada as a child. He is married with three adult children, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Sheila Sampath is a writer, artist, educator and activist designer. She is the Principal and Creative Director at The Public, a social justice design studio specializing in community-based processes and participatory design; the Editorial and Art Director of Shameless magazine, a Canada-wide feminist magazine for teens girls and trans* youth; and an Assistant Professor of alternative and speculative practices in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. Her first book, Letters Lived, focusing on feminist lineage, was published in Fall 2013 under the Three O’Clock Press’ Women’s Press imprint, and her current art practice explores themes of intergenerational trauma, memory-loss and ritual through displacement and diaspora.