Oct 24: Blending Genres at Vancouver Writers Fest

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An honour to be on a Rachel Rose moderated panel with Hiromi Goto and Harold R. Johnson at this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest:

It’s achievement enough to publish a literary work, but one that combines genres—and excels in all of them—is a talent that few possess. Hiromi Goto has produced acclaimed poetry and novels—and now Shadow Life, a graphic novel that’s steeped in literary fiction with poetic magical realism. Harold R. Johnson is an acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writer. In The Björkan Sagas, he merges myth, fantasy, and history into an epic of exploration and adventure. Renée Sarojini Saklikar is an award-winning author, lawyer, and poet whose latest work was 10 years in the making. Bramah and the Beggar Boy is intellectually, geographically, and temporally wide-ranging: ambitious in scope. As the publisher explains, “The portal is deep. The portal is open. Take a deep breath. Jump.”

A Word or Two About Health: Words as Medicine

A Word or Two About Health: Words as Medicine

This coming Friday I will be part of a fascinating event that includes poets Sarah de LeeuwStephen Collis, Hiromi Goto, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Karen Shklanka, and Mark Winston for a talk on writing and trauma at Creating Space: New Directions and Critical Perspectives, a medical conference:

“Poets will offer personal and creative thoughts, anchored in their work in and practice of poetry, about the importance and potential of art to medicine and relationships between creative writing, medical education, healthcare, poetry, and self-care or care-of-others. They will speak to the intersections between the training trajectories in health professions education and the importance and capacity of arts & performance in cultivating well-being during those intense times of learning.”

I hope to add a few more notes about my presentation at a later date…