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Fall 2021 Literary Series

Readings & Discussions

All Welcome. All readings will be online. If you would like to participate, please email for a link to the Zoom meeting.

billeh nickersonTuesday, September 21

KPU launch of Billeh Nickerson's new poetry collection, Duct-Taped Roses
with guests readers from CRWR 4210
4pm, Online

In Duct-Taped Roses, Billeh Nickerson shares heartbreaks and offers odes and elegies in reflections on family, community, life, and loss.

As a bush pilot, Nickerson’s father would duct-tape his planes to keep them flying. The poignancy of his relationship with his father is celebrated here in the long poem “Skies.” Other poems reminisce about love and the complex resiliency of gay men.

Through his signature irreverence, honesty and wit, Nickerson explores what can be repaired, what must be celebrated, and what—inevitably—is lost to time.

Monday September 27

hasanPublic reading by poet and novelist Hasan Namir, 3-4 pm, online

Iraqi-Canadian author Hasan Namir graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. Hasan is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, in the film God in Pink: A Documentary, Breakfast Television Toronto, CTV Morning Live Saskatoon. He was recently named a writer to watch by CBC books. He is also the author of poetry book War/Torn (2019, Book*Hug Press), children's book The Name I Call Myself (2020, Arsenal Pulp Press) and Umbilical Cord (Book*Hug Press). Hasan lives in Vancouver with his husband and their child.

Wednesday October 13

mariko tamakiPublic reading by graphic novelist and fiction writer Mariko Tamaki, 4-5pm, online

Mariko Tamaki, is an award winning author of comics and prose. She has worked with Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, and BOOM! studios. In addition to writing about superheroes, she also writes about teenagers. Her most recent novel, COLD, a teen murder mystery, is out in 2022. Mariko lives in Oakland. Photo credit: Shawnee Custalow

Monday November 15

amanda leducPublic reading by fiction and nonfiction writer Amanda Leduc, 3-4pm, online

Amanda Leduc, whose essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada, the US, and the UK. She is the author of the non-fiction book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Governor General’s Award and the 2020 Barbellion Prize, as well as the novel The Miracles of Ordinary Men. Her latest novel, The Centaur’s Wife, is out now with Random House Canada. She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she serves as the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.



Spring 2021 Literary Series

Kim HarveyKim Senklip Harvey

Public reading: Thursday, Feb 4, 3pm

Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Nation member of the Syilx, and Tsilhqot'in Nations with Ancestral ties to the Dakelh, Secwepemc and Ktunaxa communities. She is an Indigenous Theorist and Cultural Evolutionist who uses a variety of modalities including playwrighting, tv writing, blog and podcasting to work towards the equitable treatment of her peoples.

In 2018, Kim had a 3 city world premiere of her play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story, which focuses on 3 Indigenous women's understanding of Indigeneity and the journey of reclaiming Indigenous matriarchal power. Under her direction Kamloopa was nominated for 8 Jessie Richardson awards and the production won the 2019 Jessie Richardson award for Significant Artistic Achievement, for Decolonizing Theatre Practices and Spaces. Kamloopa was also the first Indigenous play in the awards history to win Best Production and was the 2019 recipient of the Sydney J Risk prize for most outstanding emerging playwright.

Sachiko Murakami

Sachiko Murakami

Public reading: Tuesday, March 9, 1pm

Sachiko Murakami is the author of four collections of poetry: Render (2020), Get Me Out of Here (2015), Rebuild (2011), and The Invisibility Exhibit (2008), which was a finalist for both the Governor Generals' Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. As a literary worker, she has edited poetry for various presses, worked for trade organizations, hosted reading series, organized conferences, sat on juries, and judged prizes. She lives in Toronto.


Writer in Residence

Every year, KPU’s Creative Writing Department bring in new and established writers from across Canada to read / perform for our students. The visiting writers are paired with a KPU Creative Writing Student to read together. Afterwards the writer and student answer your questions about their work, the writing life, or whatever it is their reading made you want to know. Books are sold after the reading so if you like what you’ve heard, you can buy a copy and have it signed. KPU Creative Writing also works to have an annual Writer in Residence. This writers sticks around for a few days, reviews student work, meets with students and presents readings and talks in classrooms and for the university at large.  Readings usually take place in Fir 3414 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Joseph Dandurand

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