The Poetry Immersive

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Tuesday, November 24
6:00pm
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Moderator: Shazia Hafiz Ramji

For poetry fans, hearing readings from poets at the height of their talent is a reminder of the power of the form; for newcomers to poetry, talented lyricists can open a world of possibility with syntax and rhythm. Hear from three of Canada’s finest poets as they each read from their work before engaging in a collective conversation about craft. Nancy Lee is author of the poetry collection What Hurts Going Down and two works of fiction, The Age and Dead Girls, which have won and been nominated for multiple awards. Canisia Lubrin’s Voodoo Hypothesis was named a CBC Best Poetry Book and has captured minds across the continent. John Elizabeth Stintzi’s poems have been awarded the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the Long Poem Prize from The Malahat Review. Their recent collection, Junebat, is already one of the hottest books of 2020.

SHAZIA HAFIZ RAMJI’s writing has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Maisonneuve, and Gutter: the magazine of new Scottish and international writing. She was named as a “writer to watch” by the CBC and her poetry and prose have been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Vancouver Poetry House.

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NANCY LEE is the author of the poetry collection What Hurts Going Down and two works of fiction, The Age and Dead Girls, winner of the VanCity Book Prize, and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Pearson Readers’ Choice Award and the Wordsworthy Award. Lee is Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at UBC and is co-creator of the EdX online series, “How to Write a Novel.”

CANISIA LUBRIN is a writer, critic, editor and teacher whose most recent book is The Dyzgrapxst (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) as seen in The New York Times, Quill & Quire, Jewish Currents, Humber Literary Review and elsewhere. Lubrin’s international publications include translations of her work into Spanish, Italian, French and German. Her writing has been recognized by, among others, the Toronto Book Award, Journey Prize, Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther, and the Writers Trust. Her debut, Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017), was named a CBC Best Book and her writing has appeared and is forthcoming in Room, Brick, Joyland, Poetry London, Poets.org, blackiris.co, and elsewhere. Lubrin’s debut collection of short fiction is forthcoming. She has an MFA from the University of Guelph.

JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI is a non-binary writer who was raised on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. They are the author of two previous chapbooks of poetry, and their poems have been awarded the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the Long Poem Prize from The Malahat Review.

Presented thanks to the support of RBC.