Morris House Reading Series

Morris House Reading Series

The Morris House Reading Series brings both established and up-and-coming authors to Bishop’s University to present their work, answer questions, and meet with the audience during the informal reception that follows.

The Series is currently being supported by the Quebec Writers’ Federation, Bishop’s University Academic Enrichment Fund, Bishop’s University Bookstore, Canada Council for the Arts, and Bishop’s University Speakers Committee. The Series is also one of the founding members of the Literary Umbrella of Quebec (LUQ), a coalition of English-language Quebec literary promoters that shares its resources for the benefits of writers, students, organizers and the general public.

Authors who have previously visited us for the Series are listed in the Morris House Reading Series archives. You can also visit our Photo Gallery. For more information about the Morris House Reading Series or upcoming readings, contact its organizer, Dr. Linda M. Morra.

Dr. Linda Morra

Linda Morra is a Professor of English at Bishop’s University and was the 2016-2017 Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies at UCD, Dublin. She has been directing the Morris House Reading Series since 2008.

The 2018-2019 reading series includes the following:

Marie Annharte Baker (Anishnaabe poet)

Marie Annharte Baker
Marie Annharte Baker – Credit: Ryan Klatt

Thursday, September 20, 2018
11 AM – 12 PM (location TBA)

ANNHARTE, AKA MARIE BAKER, is Anishinabe (Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Manitoba). She has moved her urban campground back to her birthplace, otherwise known as Winnipeg. She is the author of four poetry books, Indigena Awry (New Star Books, 2012), Exercises In Lip Pointing (New Star Books, 2003), Columbus Coyote Cafe (Moonprint, 1994) and Being On the Moon (Polestar, 1990; Raincoast, 2000). Her book of essays, interviews and memoir is AKA: Inendagosekwe (Capilano University Editions, 2013).



Creative Writers Panel, featuring Josh Quirion, Deanna Radford, and Jeff Parent

Monday, February 25, 2018
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Centennial Theatre Lobby

Sponsored by the Speakers’ Committee, Academic Enrichment, and the Department of English.

Speaker’s Bios

Josh Quirion

Josh QuirionJosh Quirion is a recent graduate of Concordia University’s Masters in Creative Writing. His graduate thesis, Ashes of Auld, is a novella wherein the scholarly enterprises of higher education intersect with the revelries of collegiate buffoonery on a picturesque riverside property situated in a regional Anglophone borough of Quebec’s Eastern Townships…

Josh began writing lies in grade ten when an old-time pedagogue explained to him that fiction was merely festooned falsehoods that folks needed to believe in. And those, the countries of soft imaginings, the otherworldly fugues, and the faultless fictitious furloughs became, for him, as substantial and consequential as the realities of everyday dealings.

Besides writing discursive third person autobiographies, Quirion continues to work on a novel about the Eastern Townships, and occasionally fiddles in the poetic arts. He is also fixing to pursue a PhD in English Literature.

Come say what’s up, come—we’ll tell each other comforting lies.

Deanna Radford

Deanna RadfordWriter, poet, and poet performer Deanna Radford is the curator of the Atwater Poetry Project. She is the former Communications and Membership Services.

Coordinator at the Quebec Writers’ Federation and is pursuing an MA in creative writing at Concordia University. She performs in sound improv group Cloud Unit and her poem, “When my lover is across the ocean,” was shortlisted for The Capilano Review‘s 8th Annual Robin Blaser Poetry Contest, judged by Fred Wah. @deannaradford

Photo Credit: J. R. Carpenter. Taken at Large Objects Moving Air 2018, London, UK.


Jeff Parent

Jeff ParentJeff Parent is a local poet, father, comic book enthusiast. He is a two-time recipient of the Bishop’s University Archdeacon F.G. Scott Prize in English, a finalist for the Words(on)Pages Blodwyn Memorial Prize in 2017, and runner-up in The Fiddlehead Magazine Tell It Slant poetry contest in 2016. His poetry has been published at Lemon Hound, Bad Nudes, and The/tƐmz/Review amongst others. Jeff has a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Bishop’s University and is currently enrolled in Creative Writing MA program at Concordia University.



Terence Byrnes

Terence ByrnesMonday, March 18, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Centennial Theatre Lobby

Sponsored by the Speakers’ Committee, Academic Enrichment, and the Department of English.

Terence Byrnes says that he began publishing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and photography “when giant lizards roamed the earth.” Over that unlikely span, he has published three books and his work has appeared in magazines ranging from Rolling Stone to Reader’s Digest to The Walrus. His photography has been published and shown internationally. Recently, Byrnes won a National Magazine Award (Gold) for a project that combined text and image in a form that was at once a social documentary and a memoir. He has taught creative writing at Concordia University, in Montreal, since 1976. Some of Byrnes’s work may be seen at​


Terence Byrnes