Readings by Contemporary Canadian Writers: Trevor Herriot, Jan Zwicky and Anne McDonald
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Ed 193 (Education Building), University of Regina
TREVOR HERRIOT is a prairie naturalist, activist and writer living on the northern edge of the Great Plains in Regina, Saskatchewan. His most recent books, Islands of Grass (Coteau Books, 2017) and Towards a Prairie Atonement (University of Regina Press, 2016) evoke the beauty of the prairie grassland and make an impassioned case for its preservation. The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire and Soul (Harper Collins, 2014) was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Herriot has also written two radio documentaries and is a regular guest on CBC Radio Saskatchewan’s Blue Sky. He lives in Regina with his wife Karen and four children.
JAN ZWICKY is a poet, philosopher and critic who has been described as ‘one of North America’s finest poets.’ The Canadian Encyclopedia said of Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for Poetry in 1999 that ‘In its detailed attention to the natural world and its emphasis on music and philosophy as lyric forms, it has since become Zwicky’s signature work of poetry.’ In The Long Walk, published by University of Regina Press in 2016, Zwicky ‘bears witness to environmental and cultural cataclysm.’ She is Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria and lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
ANNE MCDONALD is an award-winning author. Her novel To the Edge of the Sea won the Saskatchewan First Book Award. A second book, Miss Confederation: the Diary of Mercy Anne Coles, was published by Dundurn Press in 2017. McDonald’s play, Lullabies and Cautions, was showcased at the 2016 Spring Festival of New Plays. Her work has appeared in literary journals, Canada’s History, and on CBC Radio. Anne teaches theatre and creative writing. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Public Parking will be available in Lots 7 and 8.
This event is sponsored by The Humanities Research Institute, the Canada Council, the Writers’ Union of Canada, St. Peter’s College (Muenster, SK) and the Department of English.