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Who Needs a Poem? A Panel Discussion

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Watson Hall, Room 517

49 Bader Lane
Queen's University
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Canisia Lubrin, Kaie Kellough, Lesley Belleau, Robin Richardson

Lesley Belleau is an Anishnaabekwe writer, educator, and activist from the Ojibway Nation of Ketegaunseebee (Garden River First Nation), located outside of Bawating/Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  She is a Ph.D candidate in the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, focusing on studying Indigenous Feminine Literature and Narratives, and is currently a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Queen’s University.  Lesley is the author of the short fiction collection The Colour of Dried Bones (Kegedonce Press), Sweat (Your Scrivener Press), and the winner of the Pat Lowther Award for the poetry collection Indianland (ARP).

Kaie Kellough has published three books of poetry, two audio recordings and a novel. He is a practitioner of vocal sound poetry. His work multiplies and layers voice, while exploring the fundamentals of language-production. His debut novel, Accordéon, was a shortlisted nominee for the First Novel Award. His newest poetry book, Magnetic Equator was published in 2019.

Canisia Lubrin is a writer, critic, professor, poet and editor.  Her first collection of poems, Voodoo Hypothesis, was published in 2017 by Wolsak & Wynn, and her second collection, The Dyzgraphxst is forthcoming from Random House in 2020. In addition to her career as a poet, Lubrin teaches at the University of Toronto and works as an editor with Buckrider Books. She is the current Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University.

Robin Richardson is the author of three collections of poetry including Sit How You Want, winner of the Trillium Book Award, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work has appeared in POETRY, Tin House, Partisan, The North American Review, and Hazlitt, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and is the founder of the Citadel writing retreat.

With thanks to the Faculty of Arts & Science Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity Fund

Creative Writing at Queen's
The League of Canadian Poets

Department of English, Queen's University

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