2015 Winter Season!

We are happy to announce our 2015 Winter Season, featuring prize winning authors from across Canada and the US.

FEBRUARY 16th, 2015: CARMINE STARNINO

GG Nominated poet Carmine Starnino will be giving a reading at Concordia on Monday, February 16th between 5-6 in LB 646.

Carmine Starnino’s books of poetry include The New World (1997), Credo (2000), With English Subtitles (2004), and This Way Out (2009). He is also the author of A Lover’s Quarrel (2004), a book of essays on Canadian poetry, and is the editor of Signal Editions. He lives in Montreal.

MARCH 13, 2015: LYNN COADY

Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady will be joining us for a master class on March 13 at 11 am, followed by a public reading at 7 pm, in the de Seve Cinema.

Lynn Coady is a Canadian writer, editor, playwright and journalist. Her first book, Strange Heaven, published in 1998, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, and her novel The Antagonist was shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2013, Coady was the recipient of the Giller Prize for her short story collection Hellgoing.

MARCH 27, 2015: ROBERT HASS AND BRENDA HILLMAN

Award winning poets Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman will be joining us for a master class on March 27 at 11 am, followed by a public reading at 7 pm, in room EV 1.605.

Robert Hass was the poet laureate of the United States from 1995-1997. He won the 2007 National Book Award and shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the collection Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005. In 2014 he was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Brenda Hillman is the author of over ten full-length collections, most recently 2009’s Practical Water, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and 2013’s Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Her additional awards include the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Fellowship.

Writers Read Concordia

The tradition of literary readings at Concordia predates the existence of the university itself, as such events were held well before Sir George Williams and Loyola merged in 1974. The series, now known as Writers Read at Concordia, invites renowned and emerging authors, both Canadian and international, to read from and discuss their work with students and local audiences. In addition to readings, the series includes Master Classes and professional development activities, some open to the public and others only for Concordia students. Collaborations with Concordia’s School of Canadian Irish Studies, The Pilot, the Atwater Poetry Project, Bishop’s University, the Université de Montreal’s Department of English, and other organizations make the series possible. The Concordia Bookstore acts as bookseller for all major readings. Another activity offered in affiliation with the Concordia English Department, the Summer Literary Seminars is held annually in Montreal, Kenya, and Lithuania. As one of the world's largest and most innovative international writing programs, SLS offers partial scholarships and academic credit to full-time Concordia students. The program brings together the finest American, Canadian, European, and African writers and literary scholars with their host counterparts in a two-week flurry of writing related activities. Faculty have included such writers as: Amy Bloom, Robert Coover, Dave Eggers, Ed Hirsch, Denis Johnson, Colum McCann, Jayne Anne Phillips and George Saunders. Registration is required. Additional tuition subsidies are available through the Dean's office. For more information, contact Mike Spry. Writers Read at Concordia is supported by the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program, and Concordia University. The Writers Read Series also receives funding assistance from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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