Two exciting new voices in Canadian literature will be making a stop in Thunder Bay on their cross-Canada tour. Hosted by the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop in conjunction with Biblioasis and Nightwood Editions, authors Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen will bring poetry and prose together in an evening of readings from their debut collections at Outlet (formerly Ottawa House), 40 S. Cumberland St, on Thursday, May 10 at 7 pm. The event is free and all are welcome.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see two of Canada’s rising literary stars! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit NOWW’s website: www.nowwwriters.org.
Claire Tacon is the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke award for her first novel, In the Field. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Award and the CBC Literary Awards and has appeared in journals such as The New Quarterly and sub-TERRAIN. Several of her works are anthologised in the current editions of Coming Attractions and Best Canadian Short Stories. She is a past fiction editor of PRISM international and is a lecturer at St. Jerome’s University.
Jamella Hagen’s first collection of poetry, Kerosene, was published by Nightwood Editions in fall 2011. Her poems have appeared in journals across Canada including Arc, Event and The Malahat Review as well as in the anthologies Unfurled: Collected Poetry from Northern BC Women, Ice Floe: New and Selected Poems and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Her work has won The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, placed third in This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and been shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC, is a former executive editor of PRISM international and has coordinated the Whitehorse Poetry Festival. She currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, and is an instructor at Yukon College.