Join us for a special evening of poetry as McClelland & Stewart poets Madhur Anand, Lorna Crozier, Liz Howard and Cassidy McFadzean read from their new collections, followed by a panel discussion where they will be joined by M & S poetry board members Dionne Brand and Kevin Connolly. Jacob McArthur Mooney will host and moderate the panel.
Madhur Anand’s poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America and in the anthology The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. She co-edited the anthology Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry. Anand completed her PhD in theoretical ecology at Western University and is currently a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. She lives in Guelph with her husband and three young children. Anand presents work from her debut collection, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lorna Crozier has been acknowledged for her contributions to Canadian literature, her teaching and her mentoring, with five honourary doctorates, most recently from McGill and Simon Fraser Universities. Her books have received numerous national awards, including three Pat Lowther Awards and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. She has also been honoured with BC’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award and the George Woodcock Award, both for lifetime achievement. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria.
Liz Howard’s debut collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Her recent work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Camera Austria, and The Fiddlehead. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. She is of mixed European and Anishinaabe descent. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she is currently the Canadian Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary.
Cassidy McFadzean’s poems have appeared in magazines across Canada, including The Malahat Review, Grain, Arc, Vallum and The Fiddlehead. In 2012, she published a chapbook, Farwell, and in 2013 she was a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize and the Walrus Poetry Prize. McFadzean was born in Regina and studied at the University of Regina and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She presents work from her debut collection, Hacker Packer.