Our Next Event!

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Writers Read is excited to welcome internationally acclaimed poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm for a public reading in room EV 1.605 (1515 St. Catherine West). Brenda and Robert are also offering a master class that morning, at 11 am in room LB 646 (1400 de Maisonneuve). Spots are limited and a sign up sheet will be posted this Friday outside Professor Queyras’ door.

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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