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Our congratulations to Tomson Highway! This Cree playwright, novelist, and musician, has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Herbert Whittaker-CTCA Award. The award, given biennially since 1975, by the Canadian Theatre Critics Association, honours individuals for their outstanding long-term contributions to Canadian theatre. Past winners have included playwrights Judith Thompson and George F. Walker, Shaw Festival artistic director Jackie Maxwell, director Robert Lepage and puppeteer Ronnie Burkett.
“Oh deer!” responded Highway by email when he learned he had won. He then hastened to add: “You have to understand that I do come from a hunting and gathering society.”
Highway was chosen to receive the award by a jury of members of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association, which is made up of professional critics and arts writers from across Canada. “Tomson has been an enormous influence and inspiration to Canada’s First Nations theatre artists,” said Martin Morrow, President of the CTCA. “He also happens to be a delightful writer. It’s a great pleasure for us as critics to be able to honour him formally with this award.”
For more information, visit the CTCA website.
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
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