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The Queen’s English: A Celebration of 125 Years

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Readings and a Panel Discussion by Alumni Writers

When: Saturday, 21 September 2013, 4.00–6.00 pm
Where: Watson Hall 517, 49 Bader Lane, Queen’s University

Grace O’Connell (BAH 2006) is the author of Magnified World (Random House Canada), which was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, the National Post, and The Journey Prize Stories, and has been nominated for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and two National Magazine Awards. Grace currently works as the Associate Editor for Taddle Creek magazine, the Contributing Editor for Open Book: Toronto and the Books Columnist for THIS Magazine. She has also taught creative writing classes at both the University of Toronto and George Brown College.

Alessandro Porco (BAH 2002) is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He specializes in twentieth-century poetry and poetics, hip-hop music and culture, and the theory and practice of the avant-garde. He is the author of two collections of poetry—Augustine in Carthage (ECW, 2008) and The Jill Kelly Poems (ECW, 2005)—and his long poem, The Minutes, is forthcoming from ECW in 2015. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology of Black Mountain College poetry (Jargon Press/Black Mountain College Museum).

Originally from Vancouver, Gillian Savigny (BAH 2004) has spent the last twelve years studying and working in cities across Canada. She has served as Editor for ultraviolet Magazine, Managing Editor for Delirium Press, and Contributing Editor for Matrix. From 2007 to 2008 she worked as a speechwriter for the Leader of her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in Ottawa. Her poetry has appeared in several Canadian journals and anthologies. She lives in Toronto where she works in the non-profit sector.

Carolyn Smart’s fifth collection of poems, Hooked: Seven Poems, was published in 2009 by Brick Books. An excerpt from her memoir At the End of the Day (Penumbra Press, 2001) won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest. She has taught poetry at the Banff Centre, online for Writers in Electronic Residence, and is associate editor of the MacLennan Poetry Series, McGill-Queen's Press. She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and since 1989 has taught Creative Writing at Queen's University.

Moez Surani’s poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in Europe and North America. His writing has won numerous awards, including the Kingston Literary Award, the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and the Dublin Quarterly’s Poem of the Year. His debut collection of poetry, Reticent Bodies, was called “that rare book that has the power to be a linchpin, a hinge in the history of Canadian poetry.” His second poetry collection is Floating Life.