Readings by several faculty members of York’s Creative Writing Program will kick-off this year’s Creative Writing Studio Reading Series Wednesday, introducing students of the program, as well as the broader University community, to some of their award-nominated and award-winning work.
The event will take place Oct. 3, from 1 to 2:30pm, in the Senior Common Room, 305 Founders College, Keele campus. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The readers will include Jennifer Duncan (BA Hons. ’93), Rishma Dunlop, David Goldstein, Michael Helm, Patricia Keeney, Margo Swiss and Priscila Uppal (BA Hons. ’97, PhD ’04).
The series will feature readings in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction by Ken Babstock; Miriam Toews; John Barton; Christopher Doda and Ray Robertson, co-editors of The Best Canadian Essays; as well as graduates of York’s Creative Writing and English programs Meaghan Strimus, Leigh Kotsilidis and Samantha Bernstein. More readers will be announced in January.
The Creative Writing program was founded at York in 1975. Over the years, the program has boasted Don Coles, Frank Davey, Irving Layton, Eli Mandel, Don Summerhayes and Miriam Waddington among its faculty.
Graduates of the program include Nino Ricci, Jason Guriel (who also teaches), Michael Redhill, Shyam Selvadurai, Jason Sherman and Eliza Clark. Many have gone on to win national and international writing prizes – Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Chalmers Award, the Emily Dickinson Prize for poetry, the Bronwen Wallace Award and many others.
The series is named for the on-line literary journal Studio, which presents new voices alongside established ones, such as Griffin Prize winning poet A.F. Moritz.