Posted: Wednesday September 8, 2010
Daphne Marlatt at the Banff Centre


(Daphne Marlatt reads a passage from The Gull that includes excerpts from two poems by Roy Miki and Joy Kogawa)


Daphne Marlatt won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2009 for her innovated long poem The Given. In her acceptance speech she said, “A good book never comes out of the blue. It is a creation of all the voices, written or spoken, that its author has heard and internalized. The Given is full of such voices, including some of my favourite Modernist women writers like Ethel Wilson, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf, and Marguerite Duras. In a sense, singling out one book as the most deserving of honour is a fiction. Each book is part of an extensive conversation through time with other writers’ books.”

This award does not even scratch the surface of Marlatt’s accomplishments, ranging from her astonishing collection of local writing, including Vancouver Poems, Steveston, Ana Historic and The Gull, the first Canadian play staged in the ancient, ritualized tradition of Japanese Noh theatre, and winner of the prestigious 2008 Uchimura Naoya Prize.

Daphne Marlatt will be facilitating a Writing Studio at The Banff Centre from April 25-May 28, 2011. The deadline for applying to participate is November 15, 2010, so apply right away!

Visit the Banff Centre website for more information.

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