Dionne Brand in Montreal

It’s true. We have been waiting years, maybe a decade, maybe a lifetime, and the date has finally be confirmed. Dionne Brand will join us for a reading and discussion in Montreal at Concordia University.

Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist. Her writing is notable for the beauty of its language, and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice, including particularly issues of gender and race. Dionne Brand has published eighteen books, contributed to seventeen anthologies, written dozens of essays and articles, and made four documentary films for the National Film Board. Her latest novel is “Love Enough.”

The Co-op Boostore will be joining us with copies of Dionne Brand’s books


The Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore is pleased to offer a viable alternative to the corporate structure, putting students’ best interests above and beyond our own bottom line. As a not-for-profit alternative to corporate bookstores, we are conveniently located right on Concordia’s downtown campus at 2150 Bishop Street in Montreal. Offering both new and used books, in addition to a wide variety of artisan consignments, we also boast the largest selection of sex and gender studies titles anywhere in Montreal.

Hillman on Hass

HassAndHillmanQandA-webCheck out this short essay by Brenda Hillman, where she discusses “A Supple Wreath of Myrtle”, her “favourite poem” by Robert Hass. The poem, which “suggest that the daily and the heroic are always intertwined”, is featured in Hass’ 2006 collection Time and Materials, winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Both Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass will be joining us this Friday, March 27, 2015, for a free public reading in Concordia University’s room EV 1.605 (1515 St Catherine), at 7 pm.

Our Next Event!

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Writers Read is excited to welcome internationally acclaimed poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm for a public reading in room EV 1.605 (1515 St. Catherine West). Brenda and Robert are also offering a master class that morning, at 11 am in room LB 646 (1400 de Maisonneuve). Spots are limited and a sign up sheet will be posted this Friday outside Professor Queyras’ door.

Robert Hass was the poet laureate of the United States from 1995-1997.  He won the 2007 National Book Award and shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the collection Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005. In 2014 he was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Brenda Hillman is the author of over ten full-length collections, most recently 2009’s Practical Water, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and 2013’s Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received  the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Her additional awards include the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Fellowship.

Joseph Boyden Master Class

We had a full house for Joseph Boyden and what student’s described as an enthusiastic pep talk about the writing process and life. All photographs courtesy of Concordia University. Our next master class is with Lynn Coady on Friday March 13th. Look for news of our master class with Robert Hass & Brenda Hillman, as well as Jonathan Goldstein the last week of March.

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Joseph Boyden and Kate Sternes with a creative writing student.

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