University of Calgary

Writer-in-Residence named

June 18, 2007

Poet Sina Queyras named 2007-2008 Markin-Flanagan
Canadian Writer-in-Residence

The University of Calgary’s Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program in the Faculty of Humanities today announced that Sina Queyras is the 2007-2008 Markin-Flanagan Canadian Writer-in-Residence. Her residency begins on August 15, 2007, and runs until June 15, 2008.

Sina Queyras grew up in her mother’s Chrysler, traveling the roads of western Canada. She has lived on Vancouver Island, and in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New Jersey, Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Her third collection of poetry, Lemon Hound, recently received both the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a Lambda Literary Award. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books, and last fall edited Canadian Strange, a folio of contemporary Canadian writing for Drunken Boat where she is a contributing editor. From 2005-2007 Queyras co-curated the *belladonna reading series in New York. Her work has been published widely in journals and anthologies. She has taught creative writing at Haverford College and Rutgers University.

During her residency, Queyras will devote 50 per cent of her time to writing and 50 per cent of her time to community activities, including individual manuscript consultations with local writers, public readings and workshops. While in Calgary, Queyras will work on several projects, including: Expressway, a collection of poetry concerning mobility; Autobiography of Childhood, a novel (an excerpt appeared in translation in the French literary journal Siecle 21 out of Paris); Everyone is Always Talking, a play about Gertrude Stein; and Swallow, a collection of short fiction. Other projects include an essay on Lisa Robertson and the language of lyric in Canadian women’s writing, and two anthologies—one of Canadian fiction, and another of autobiographical writing. 

Queyras reads with 2006 – 2007 Markin-Flanagan Canadian Writer-in-Residence Jaspreet Singh on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 7:30 pm at the Engineered Air Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. Queyras reads from Lemon Hound and her new novel, and Singh reads from a selection of work written during his residency. The reading is free and open to the public.

Housed in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Humanities, the Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program celebrates reading and writing through a unique vision. It helps advance the careers of promising Canadian writers and enriches the Canadian writing community through two extended residency programs: a 10-month residency for emerging Canadian writers; and residencies of varying length for writers of international distinction.

For more information or to arrange interviews with Sina Queyras, contact: Janice Lee
(403) 220.8177 or leej@ucalgary.ca.

For information on the Markin-Flanagan program, visit http://www.markinflanagan.com/.