Poetry

SPRING POETRY COLLOQUIUM | May 9 – 22, 2014


Application fee: $50
Cost for meals, accommodation, and instruction: $1495
 

This is a facilitated retreat for eight poets who have a publication record of at least one book of poetry or the equivalent in periodicals and are working towards manuscript completion. The colloquium offers a small group context. Focus will be on individual manuscript consultations and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. There will be writing time, but please note that group participation is required. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion over a relaxed 14 days with an emphasis on individual writing and manuscript revision. Application is limited to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad. Application Deadline EXTENDED: February 28, 2014

Information on tuition, scholarships, and bursaries.

 

zwickywith Jan Zwicky

Jan Zwicky has published eight collections of poetry including Forge, which was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize and Pat Lowther Memorial Award in 2012, Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 1999, Robinson’s Crossing, which won the Dorothy Livesay Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2004, and Thirty-Seven Small Songs and Thirteen Silences. Her books of philosophy include Wisdom & Metaphor, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2004, and Plato as Artist, a non-specialist celebration of Plato’s writerly talents. Zwicky has published widely as an essayist on issues in music, poetry, philosophy and the environment. A native of Alberta, she now lives on Quadra Island, off the coast of British Columbia. 

 

chandra-mayor-wpand Chandra Mayor delivers the Robert Kroestch Keynote Address

Chandra Mayor’s writing has appeared in several anthologies, including Interruptions: 30 Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood, Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, and Post-Prairie. Her first book, August Witch: poems, was short-listed for four Manitoba book awards and won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book. She received the 2004 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer, and the following year her novel, Cherry, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. The title story from her most recent book, All the Pretty Girls (conundrum), was shortlisted for a 2008 CBC Literary Award. Chandra Mayor lives in Winnipeg. 


SUMMER POETRY COLLOQUIUM | July 22 – 31, 2014


This is a facilitated retreat for five poets who have a publication record of at least one book of poetry or the equivalent in periodicals and are working towards manuscript completion. The colloquium offers a small group context. Focus will be on individual manuscript consultations and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. There will be writing time, but please note that group participation is required. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion over a relaxed 10 days with an emphasis on individual writing and manuscript revision. Workshops and colloquium in other genres occur simultaneously on-site. Application is limited to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad. Application Deadline: March 24, 2014

Information on tuition, scholarships, and bursaries

 

Ken_Babstock1-306-306with Ken Babstock

Babstock is the author, most recently, of Methodist Hatchet which won the 2011 Griffin Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. He has written three other collections, Mean, winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People’s Poet Award, Days into Flatspin, winner of a K.M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize, and Airstream Land Yacht, finalist for the Griffin Prize for Poetry, the Governor General’s Literary Award and The Winterset Prize, and winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. All four titles were named Globe 100 Books of the Year.

 

 

For more information about faculty members, click on their photographs.