Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw read from their latest works, heft and Dirty Work: My Gruelling, Glorious, Life-Changing Summer in the Wilderness, respectively. In conversation with author Andy McGuire, Islam and Maxymiw will discuss the themes of fortitude and resilience in their books and share their experiences with navigating Canadian publishing. These books will be available for purchase with a book signing to follow the event.
Presented in partnership with the County of Huron, Cultural Services Department. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Doyali Islam's second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019). Poems from heft have been published in Kenyon Review Online, The Fiddlehead, and Best Canadian Poetry. Doyali has discussed the value of silence on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition; language, form, beauty, and empathy with Anne Michaels in CV2; and the relationship between poetry and the body on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. She has also been in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Forrest Gander, and you can find their discussion of grief, art-making, and poetry ethics in The Adroit Journal. The poetry editor of Arc and the winner of the 2019 Battle of the Bards, Doyali lives in Toronto. www.doyali-islam.com
Anna Maxymiw lives in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt Magazine, Maclean’s, and The Washington Post, and has won a National Magazine Award for humour. Her first book, Dirty Work, is out with McClelland & Stewart.
Andy McGuire is the author of Country Club. Most recently he collaborated with visual artist Kim Dorland on the artist’s book Same Old Future. McGuire lives in Huron County.