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Writers read is part of Concordia University’s Creative Writing program and is supported by the Department of English, with funding from the Faculty of Arts and Science. 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. Please check out SpokenWeb for audio of those events. The current series, Concordia Writers Read, 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.

Sina Queyras has been the Director of Writers Read since 2011. Their curatorial vision is based on creating alternative, safe literary spaces for students and the community at large. They try to curate a range of events from challenging to celebratory and aim for unexpected pairings such as singer Tanya Tagaq, experimental poet Christian Bok and Dutch sound poet Jaap Blonk, and a celebrations of established writers such as Gail Scott and Nicole Brossard or Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass. Their focus is on collaboration and bridge building: over the years they have collaborated with Concordia’s School of Canadian Irish Studies, the Atwater Poetry Project, the Université de Montreal’s Department of English, Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, AmpLab, and The Centre for Expanded Poetics. The series is also in support of and collaboration with students and student organizations.

The series is invitation only, but we do like to hear from you with ideas and suggestions for readers and/or events. Please feel free to send review copies or promotional material to:

Writers Read
Attn: Sina Queyras
Department of English S-LB 674 2
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8

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Writer’s Read Concordia University: About us

Come and share your passion for literature and discuss your favourite books with other avid readers right here at Concordia University’s Writer’s Read! Our group is established by the professors of the university to encourage students to enjoy literature. Moreover, Writer’s Read gives the students an avenue to build further knowledge about literature by inviting the writers themselves to discuss their works with the student body. 

We believe that reading is an act best done with other people. Sharing your thoughts about what you’ve read with other students who have the same interest will help you to further understand what you’re reading. Moreover, having the authors around to explain the meaning behind their works gives students a deeper idea about what they’re reading. 

Not only that but Writer’s Read also gives the authors an idea of what the readers are thinking as they approach their works. It allows them to peek into the mind of their audience which helps them further enhance their skills. Learn more about us and what we do here at Concordia University’s Writer’s Read program!

Literature explained from the source 

Writers Read is part of Concordia University’s Creative Writing program and is supported by the Department of English, with funding from the Faculty of Arts and Science. 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. 

If you want to know more about the founding of our program, please check out SpokenWeb for audio of those events. The current series, Concordia Writers Read, 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.

The program has been led by none other than professor Sina Queyras since 2011. Their curatorial vision for the program is based on creating alternative, safe literary spaces for students and the community at large. 

Here at our Writer’s Read program, we try to curate a range of events from challenging to celebratory and aim for unexpected pairings such as singer Tanya Tagaq, experimental poet Christian Bok and Dutch sound poet Jaap Blonk to help expand the students’ knowledge of literature and all of its field. We also aim to celebrate the accomplishment of established writers such as Gail Scott, Nicole Brossard, Brenda Hillman, and Robert Hass. 

The authors that we work with focus on collaboration and bridge-building. Over the years they have collaborated with Concordia’s School of Canadian Irish Studies, the Atwater Poetry Project, the Université de Montreal’s Department of English, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, AmpLab, and The Centre for Expanded Poetics.