Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

CANADIAN WOMEN IN THE LITERARY ARTS

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An important new arts organization was started last year by Vancouver writer Gillian Jerome in response to conversations on gender and representation initiated by Sina Queryas and Natalie Zina Walschots (a.k.a. Natalie Zed). The Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) is a non-profit group of about 350 writers, artists, critics, and academics. The organization has three main goals: 1) to track statistics on gender representation in reviewing; 2) to bring relevant issues of gender, race, and sexuality into the national literary conversation; and 3) to create a network supportive of the active careers of female writers, critics, and their literary communities. The organization has so far received a small grant for their work, but they need more help in order to conduct their statistics tracking, fund a burgeoning Critic-in-Residence position, and proceed with future projects, including a national conference. Check out their website to see all the good work they are doing.

www.cwila.com

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Adam Dickinson

Adam Dickinson’s poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally. His first book of poetry, Cartography and Walking (Brick Books), was shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award. His second collection, Kingdom, Phylum (Brick Books), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His third collection of poetry, The Polymers is published by House of Anansi Press.

Go to Adam Dickinson’s Author Page