2012 Guest Speakers
SWEET will open with a keynote reading by Giller Prize nominated poet and novelist, Anne Michaels. This is a crossover event with the Morris House Reading Series.
Anne Michaels is the celebrated author of Fugitive Pieces, which was published in 1996. Fugitive Pieces follows the story of Jakob Beer and his journey from Poland, through Greece, to Canada as he comes to terms with what happened to him and his family during the Holocaust. Her novel, which was made into a motion picture in 2007, has earned her numerous prizes, including the Trillium Prize, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, The Beatrice and Martin Fischer Award, and the Orange Prize. Michaels has also published several collections of poetry. Her first collection, The Weight of Oranges (1986), won the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas. Her second collection, Miner’s Pond (1991), won the Canadian Authors Association Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Anne Michaels’ latest novel, The Winter Vault, was published in 2009.
Photo credit: Marzena Pogorzaly
Lori Schubert is the Executive Director of the Quebec Writers’ Federation as well as General Manager of VivaVoce, a professional chamber choir, in which she which also sings. Prior to her work in arts management, Lori was a corporate communications trainer in the New York metropolitan area; she taught written and oral communication at both McGill and Concordia Universities. Lori was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Quebec’s English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) and recently served on the steering committee for the 2011 State of the Arts Conference in Montreal. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Now! Organization, a dedicated team of volunteers across Canada passionate about sustainability and sparking social change through the arts.
Elise Moser’s short stories have appeared or been broadcast across Canada, in the U.S. and throughout the Commonwealth. Her novel, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It, was published by Cormorant Books in 2009. She is president of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. She lives in Montreal.
John Moss has moved from being a critic to literary writing to writing mysteries. He thinks of this as a process of maturation. Reluctant Dead, the third in the Quin and Morgan series came out in the spring of 2011, following Still Waters (2008), and Grave Doubts (2009). He is also working on a mystery series featuring a former philosopher, Harry Lindstrom, and his dead wife, Karen Malone. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Professor Emeritus of literature, and a scuba diving instructor.
Jeramy Dodds grew up in Orono, Ontario, Canada, and received his BA from Trent University in English Literature and Anthropology, and an MA from the University of Iceland in Medieval Icelandic Studies. His poems have been translated into Latvian, Hungarian, Finnish, French, Swedish, Icelandic and German. He is the winner of the 2006 Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the 2007 CBC Literary Award for poetry. His first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books, 2008), was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, and won the Trillium Book Award for poetry. He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, where he is the Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary.
Born in Montreal, Jeffrey Moore was educated at the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne (Paris) and the University of Ottawa. His award-winning novels, published in some 20 countries, include Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and contended for the QSPELL Award, and The Memory Artists, which won the Canadian Authors Association Award and was shortlisted for four other prizes. Both novels have been optioned for film. His most recent work, The Extinction Club, was nominated for the Hugh MacLennan Prize, the Arthur Ellis Award, and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Jeff also translates for museums, theatres, dance companies and film festivals in Quebec and around the world. He lives in Val Morin in the Laurentians.
Donna Morrissey is the author of three award-winning novels, Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance, Sylvanus Now, and a screenplay, Clothesline Patch, which won a Gemini Award. Her work has been translated into several different languages. Morrissey grew up in the Beaches, a small fishing outport in Newfoundland, and now lives in Halifax.
Kaie Kellough is a Montréal word-sound systemizer. He is the author of Lettricity (Cumulus, 2004), and Maple Leaf Rag (Arbeiter Ring, 2010), which was nominated for the Manuela Dias design award. Kaie is the voice of one sound recording, Vox: Versus (WOW, 2011), a suite of conversations between voice and instrument.
Kaie’s print and sound work is underwritten by rhythm and by a desire to dis-and re-assemble language and meaning. Kaie’s work emerges where voice, language, music, and text intersect. He blends word-games with sound poetry, dub, and jazzoetry. He has performed and published internationally. Kaie is presently working on short fiction, on poems that say goodbye, and on a new sound works.
Alison Garwood-Jones is an award-winning writer, blogger and former editor with Elle Canada and Viva magazines. She was recently cited as a favourite blogger by BrazenCareerist.com, a Washington D.C.-based work-related website for “next-generation professionals” profiled by 60 Minutes. Before landing in print media, Alison was a museum intern, fellow and curator in Chicago, Washington D.C., Paris and her hometown of Hamilton, ON. This was followed by a three-year stint in film where she worked as a historical consultant and writer with the Emmy Award-winning Devine Entertainment. She teamed up with Devine on their series of artist biopics that aired on HBO and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, Elle Canada, Toronto Life, This Magazine, Chatelaine, Applied Arts, Canadian House & Home, Canadian Geographic, Homemakers, Best Health and OpenFile.ca, a collaborative hyper-local news site. Alison’s blog, “Society Pages,” explores her take on human nature.
Pascal Girard was born in Jonquière in 1981. He began filling the margins of his notebooks with drawings from his first day of school. As he was never able to rid himself of this good habit he naturally decided to make it his career. He received his interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi in 2004.
Since then he moved to Montréal and currently divides his time between his illustration career and drawing comics. His book Bigfoot won Best Book of the year at the Doug Wright Awards 2011.
John Griffin worked as both a music and film critic at the Montreal Gazette, where, by 1987, he began to serve as the senior film critic. He remained in that position until 2010, when he decided to take early retirement and work as a freelance writer for that paper and other publications. In the meantime, he is waiting for the muse to strike him with the idea for the great Canadian novel. He is pleased to be returning to his alma mater, Bishop’s University, to give this informal talk.