Poets Ronna Bloom, Julie Cameron Gray and Anne Michaels talk about their creative process and the themes that inspire and inform their work with Meaghan Strimas. Hosted by Sanchari Sur.
Ronna Bloom is the author of five books of poems, most recently Cloudy With A Fire in the Basement (Pedlar, 2012). Her work has been translated into Spanish and Bangla, and recorded for the CNIB. She is currently Poet in Community at the University of Toronto, and Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital and in the Sinai Health System. In these roles, she offers students, health care professionals, patients, and visitors opportunities to articulate their experiences through reflective writing and poetry. She has edited the anthology Take As Needed: Poems and Reflections from the Halls, Coffee Shops, Board Rooms and Waiting Rooms of Mount Sinai Hospital. A meditator and a psychotherapist, Bloom lives in Toronto.
Julie Cameron Gray is originally from Sudbury, Ontario. She is the author of Tangle, and two chapbooks: The Distance Between Two Bodies and Coordinating Geometry. Her work has been previously published in Carousel, Event, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English. Lady Crawford has been shortlisted for the 2017 Pat Lowther Award. She currently lives in Toronto.
Anne Michaels is a novelist and poet. Her books are translated into more than 45 languages and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Lannan Award for Fiction. Among many other honours, she has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (twice), the Governor General’s Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize, and longlisted for the IMPAC Award (twice). Her novel Fugitive Pieces was adapted as a feature film. She has two new books in 2018, Infinite Gradation and Railtracks (co-written with John Berger). She is Toronto’s Poet Laureate.
Meaghan Strimas is the author of three poetry collections, Junkman’s Daughter, A Good Time Had By All, and Yes or Nope, which was awarded the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (2017). Strimas is also the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwan. She grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario, and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor in the Department of English at Humber College and the editor of the Humber Literary Review.
Sanchari Sur is a feminist/anti-racist/sex-positive/genderqueer Canadian who was born in Calcutta,India. A doctoral student of CanLit at Wilfred Laurier University and a curator of Balderdash Reading Series, her work has been published in Jaggery, The Feminist Wire and Matrix.