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The UNB Reading Series Presents: Don Gayton

Don Gayton posterThe University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to a reading by noted ecologist Don Gayton, who will be reading from a selection of his works.

Gayton has published extensively throughout his career, both in academic and non-academic circles. As an ecologist, Gayton's work has allowed him to travel around the world, and these experiences influence his non-fiction writing. His previous works include Kokanee: The Redfish and the Kootenay BioregionLandscapes of the InteriorThe Wheatgrass Mechanism: Science and Imagination in the Western Canadian LandscapeInterwoven Wild: An Ecologist Loose in the GardenOkanagan OdysseyJourneys through Terrain, Terroir, and Culture, and his most recent work, Man Facing West, a work of short fiction.

Acclaimed over the course of his career, Gayton is the winner of The Lake literary non-fiction contest, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild non-fiction prize, the US National Outdoor Book Award, the Canadian Science Writers Award, and the Peace Corps Travel Book Award. He has also been twice short-listed for the BC Book Awards in their non-fiction category. With a B.Sc in Agronomy and an M.Sc. in Plant Ecology, Gayton's ecological interest is ever-present in his writing.

His reading will be held at 8:00pm, Tuesday, February 11 in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton campus. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


Creative Writing Alumni Richard Kemick wins Grain Magazine's Poetry Award

Richard's winning poem "A Note Left on the Dresser" was just published in Grain 41.2 (Fall 2013). Judge Méira Cook says about the poem: ". . . images accrue richly and wittily. . . . I love how well this poem ends, its sense of decorum, as well as the amiable and slightly abrasive rub of pragmatism against the density of images that precede it."

Richard is currently a graduate student here at UNB, and last term served as an editorial assistant of The Fiddlehead.


Creative Writing Alumni Matthew Heiti's Book Reviewed in Globe and Mail

The City Still Breathing, by Matthew Heiti, Coach House Books, 155 pages, $18.95

Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail, February 14, 2014

Two constables find a dead body, naked and unidentified, by the side of Highway 17, only to somehow lose it in the police station parking lot. That’s the setup for Matthew Heiti’s dark but loving ode to 1980s Sudbury: as the corpse is found, lost, sought, found and lost again over one winter day it becomes our guide to the city – its dive bar, hockey arena, police diner, the public school – and 11 lives it throws awry. Everyone is at an impasse (even the elementary school kids); at least two are looking to escape – but a corpse is not quite as easy a metaphor as you might expect. The characters do find something in one another in the end, even if it is a black kind of redemption in the midst of another, strangely circular death.

The UNB Reading Series Presents: Catherine Bush

Catherine BushThe University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a reading by the acclaimed writer, Catherine Bush. She will be reading from her latest novel, Accusation, published by Goose Lane, 2013. 

This novel tells the story of Sara Wheeler, a Toronto journalist, who happens upon Cirkus Mirak, a touring Ethiopian children’s circus. She later meets and is convinced to drive the circus founder, Raymond Renaud, through the night from Toronto to Montreal. Such chance beginnings lead to later fateful encounters, as renowned novelist Catherine Bush artfully confronts the destructive power of allegations.

Catherine Bush is also the author of Claire’s HeadThe Rules of Engagement, and Minus Time. Her books have been published internationally and short-listed for literary awards, including Ontario’s Trillium Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. A former writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Bush is currently the Coordinator of the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph, and has taught Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, Humber School for Writers, in UBC’s low-residency Creative Writing MFA, and for the Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya.  She has also been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Her reading will be held on Tuesday, November 19 at 8:00 pm in the Lounge of the Alumni Memorial Building (next to Memorial Hall) on the UNB Fredericton Campus. 

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Admission is free and all are welcome to attend! 

The UNB Reading Series Presents: Anne Compton

Anne Compton Reading

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a reading by the critically acclaimed poet, Anne Compton, author of Alongside, published this year by Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Every poem in this book is a conversation, with other writers, with lovers, with books, and an Island past; a conversation about the way in which the unlived life always walks beside us. 

Compton is a two-time winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize for her first two poetry collections, Opening the Island and Processional, the second of which was also the winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. In 2008, she was awarded the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English Language Literary Arts and the National Magazine Award in Poetry. A former teacher and writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John, she developed and directed the acclaimed Lorenzo Reading Series.

Her reading will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at 8:00 pm in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend! 

The UNB Reading Series Presents: Thomas King

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a reading by the critically acclaimed writer, TThomas King Event Posterhomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian published in 2012 by Random House of Canada Limited. Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book weaves the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands. 

Thomas King is also the author of One Good StoryThat OneTruth and Bright Water, and A Short History of Indians in Canada, which won the 2006 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award. King’s A Coyote Columbus Story was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 1992, and his Green Grass, Running Water was nominated the following year, and later chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2004. King is also known for his work writing and performing on the CBC radio show “Dead Dog Café.” In 2004 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. 

His reading will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 pm in Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus. We suggest coming early, as seats may fill up fast.


The Alden Nowlan Festival is Back! To Take Place October 3-8, 2013

Nowlan Festival Poster

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to the many literary events taking place during the Alden Nowlan Festival. The Festival will run Thursday, October 3, to Tuesday, October 8. 

The literary events kick off with a reading by Wayne Johnston, acclaimed writer of The Son of a Certain Woman, which was published just last month and has already been long listed for the Giller Prize. His reading will be held on Thursday, October 3 at 8:00 pm in Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus. 

This will be followed by Poetry Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, with readings taking place 11 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm each day in Memorial Hall (and Saturday’s 2 pm reading being held in Gallery 78).  Readings will be by Shane Neilson, Steven Price, Julie Bruck, Susan Glickman, David Seymour, Adam Dickinson, Carmelita McGrath, Lynn Davies, Jan Conn, Peter Richardson, Maurice Mierau, Sue Sinclair, and many more!

The final event of the Festival will be a reading by acclaimed writer, Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian and A Short History of Indians in Canada, which won the 2006 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award. King’s A Coyote Columbus Story was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 1992, and his Green Grass, Running Water was nominated the following year. King is also known for his work writing and performing on the CBC radio show “Dead Dog Café”. His reading will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 pm in Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus. 

All events are free of admission and all are welcome to attend.


 Telegraph-Journal Publishes a Feature on UNB Creative Writing MA Program!

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ONE FOR THE BOOKS | SHANNON WEBB-CAMPBELL

FOR THE TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL | 20 SEP 2013 

If biology is destiny, then geography must be fate.

With several creative writing master’s programs in Canada, the University of New Brunswick’s is the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Given its size, it boasts an incredible success rate for graduates who go on to publish – poets in particular. It’s an unsung poetical powerhouse.

Known historically as the Poets’ Corner of Canada, Fredericton is the birthplace of Francis Joseph Sherman, Bliss Carmen and Charles G.D. Roberts, as well as the longtime home of Governor General’s Award-winning poet, playwright and journalist Alden Nowlan.

“What makes an Atlantic Canadian program unique in Canada is the long and rich cultural heritage we inherit from Atlantic Canadian writers,” says Ross Leckie, a poet and professor in the English graduate program at UNB.

But those names most commonly associated with the school predate the Nobel Prize and modern Olympic Games, and there’s no need to go back that far to find literary landmarks. Just this past week, Craig Davidson, who graduated in 2003, and Wayne Johnston (’84) were longlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

So far, in 2013, MA grads from the past 20 years have published 17 books. That’s the most releases in the last two decades. Last year, 11 books were released. Since 2003, on average, about eight books a year have been released by recent MA English graduates.

Leckie, who is also the editor of The Fiddlehead and poetry editor for Goose Lane Editions, notes the rich literary history of the region, as well as a penchant for poetry, as integral to the program’s triumphs.

“And the smaller size of our program, which allows intensive and personal attention given by faculty to students . . .”

To read more of the story, please visit the UNB Newsroom.  


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Douglas Glover

Glover reading

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear Douglas Glover, our writer-in-residence for 2013-14, read from his new novel Savage Love, published by Goose Lane Editions.  He will be meeting with writers from the community and from UNB through the year, and if you would like to receive his feedback on your writing, you can contact him at d.glover@unb.ca or at 452-6356.

Douglas Glover is an acclaimed writer whose stories have been frequently anthologized, notably in The Best American Short StoriesBest Canadian Stories, and The New Oxford Book of Canadian Stories. He was the recipient of the 2006 Writers’ Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award for his body of work, and the Governor General’s Award for his bestselling novel, Elle, which was also a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  A Guide to Animal Behaviour was a finalist for the 1991 Governor General's Award, and 16 Categories of Desire was shortlisted for the 2000 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Award.

His reading will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 pm in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Stephnie Bolster & Susan Gillis

Stephanie Bolster & Susan Gillis Reading PosterThe University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to a special poetry reading by Stephanie Bolster and Susan Gillis. The reading will take place on Tuesday, November 20 at 8pm in Alumni Memorial Lounge, UNB. 

 Stephanie Bolster will read from her latest work, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, whose poems, according to one reviewer, “read like small essays, and the finest end so wonderfully, just before they end, leaving so much more said by remaining unsaid.” She is the winner of such prestigious prizes as the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Archibald Lampman Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award.

 Susan Gillis will read from The Rapids, a collection of poems that like the river its title invokes, is full of sudden shifts – a polyphony of surges and eddies and remarkable connections. She takes us from a balcony high over the St. Lawrence River in downtown Montreal, upstream to the Lachine Rapids, and beyond, to landscapes as far apart as Greece and the B.C. coast. Susan is the recipient of the Quebec Writers' Federation's A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. 

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey Reading PosterThe University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to a special reading by Margot Livesey. The reading will take place on Thursday, November 8 at 8pm in Alumni Memorial Lounge, UNB. 

Margot Livesey will read from her seventh and latest novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. Margot has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists' Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Margot is currently a distinguished writer-in-residence at Emerson College.

Alice Sebold says, "Every novel of Margot Livesey's is, for her readers, a joyous discovery. Her work radiates with compassion and intelligence and always, deliciously, mystery."

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


A Special Evening Celebrating the Launch of The Essential Robert Gibbs

The UNB Reading Series Presents: A Special Evening Celebrating the Launch of The Essential Robert Gibbs, Monday, April 30th at 8 pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge.

Reading SeriesTo celebrate the release of The Essential Robert Gibbs, selected by Brian Bartlett (The Porcupine’s Quill 2012) writers, including Buck Richards, Shari Andrews, David Adams Richards, Nancy Bauer, Travis Lane, Ted Colson, Brian Bartlett, Michael Pacey, Ian LaTourneau, Robert Hawkes, Lynn Davies, Ross Leckie, Gerard Beirne, Sue Sinclair, and Robert Gibbs, will gather in the Alumni Memorial Lounge on the UNB Fredericton campus to read selections from Robert Gibbs’ poetry.

Born in Saint John, Robert Gibbs studied at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and at Cambridge University, where he was an IODE Scholar from 1952-54. Gibbs returned to New Brunswick to teach and submitted poems to The Fiddlehead journal where he became one of the most frequent contributors. In 1963 Gibbs began teaching at the University of New Brunswick while working on a Doctorate. However, it was not until 1968 that Gibbs published his first chapbook, The Road from Here. Gibbs’ Scottish heritage, Anglican and Baptist family traditions, and upbringing in New Brunswick are all in evidence in the imaginative landscape of his poetry. Gibbs published regularly over the following decades with Fiddlehead Poetry BooksGoose Lane Editions, and Oberon Press, among others. The Essential Robert Gibbs draws poems from throughout his career and is a testament to the poetic contribution that Gibbs has made.

    The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Sue Sinclair Farewell Reading

Sue SinclairSue Sinclair, Writer-in-Residence 2012, presents her farewell reading together with Nick Thran & Ross Leckie
Thursday, April 19, 8pm
Alumni Lounge

 

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The UNB Reading Series Presents: Linden MacIntyre

Reading SeriesScotiabank Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntyre, author of The Bishop’s Man, will be reading from his latest novel Why Men Lie at Memorial Hall, Thursday, April 12th at 8 pm.

Award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster Linden MacIntyre returns with the third volume in his Cape Breton trilogy, Why Men Lie (Random House, 2012). The novel begins two years after the events of The Bishop’s Man (Random House 2009) and centres on Effie MacAskill, a tenured professor of Celtic Studies and sister of the troubled priest Duncan, a character from MacIntyre’s previous novel. A fortuitous meeting with J. C. Campbell, a childhood friend that Effie hasn’t seen in more than twenty years, leads her into the possibility of a new romantic relationship. The infidelities of Effie’s first husband, Sextus, prompted her to seek a fresh start in life and her romance with J. C. begins hopefully. However, cracks emerge and J. C.’s behavior proves unpredictable. When Effie spots him in a seedy area of the city late at night and confronts him, he denies having left house. His increasingly erratic behavior and obsession with a death row convict leads to a rupture in their relationship. Effie’s family obligations require her attention in Cape Breton, but her past and present soon merge in unexpected and potentially dangerous ways.

Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man was awarded the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2010 Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award. He is the author of the novel The Long Stretch (HarperCollins 1999) and two works of Non-fiction: Causeway: A Passage from Innocence (HarperCollins 2006) and Who Killed Ty Conn (Viking 2000), written with Theresa Burke. MacIntrye is also a broadcaster and journalist with the CBC, known for his investigative reports produced for The Fifth Estate, and has received numerous awards for excellence in broadcasting.

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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The UNB Reading Series Presents: Amy Jones and Rebecca Rosenblum on March 29th

Authors Amy Jones and Rebecca Rosenblum will be reading from their work Thursday, March 29th at 8 pm in the Galleries of Memorial Hall.
 
Reading SeriesAmy Jones is the author of What Boys Like and other Stories (Biblioasis 2009), a collection of fiction that was awarded the 2008-2009 Metcalf-Rooke Award for Short Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award. What Boys Like explores the complicated and sometimes beautiful events of everyday life among a cast of urban misfits and the outsiders that populate the periphery of the city. Jones’ prose deftly captures the joys and frustrations of the characters that are at the centre of her stories. The stories of What Boys Like document the social make-up of the city itself while revealing the experiences that are common to all of us. Jones’ stories have been published in The New QuarterlyGrain, Prairie Fire,Event, Room of One’s Own, and The Antigonish Review among others. Jones was the winner of the 2006 CBC Literary Award for Short Story in English.
 
Rebecca Rosenblum’s second collection of short stories, The Big Dream (Biblioasis 2011), follows the developments of the characters that populate her first collection of fiction, Once (Biblioasis 2008). The Big Dream examines the often-fraught lives of people living and working in the urban environment. Many of the stories are set in the offices of a lifestyle-magazine publishing company, Dream Inc., where the employees struggle with their personal lives amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of a business operating in a period of economic uncertainty. Events and characters overlap and interconnect inThe Big Dream, creating a web of complexity that encapsulates the human relationships of the book as well as the narrative structure. Rosenblum’s short fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award. Her first collection of stories, Once, was awarded the Metcalf-Rooke Award. Rosenblum’s stories have appeared in Exile QuarterlyThe Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize Stories 19, and Maisonneuve, among others.
 
The reading is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB University Bookstore, The Canada Council for the Arts, and The Fiddlehead.
 
Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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The UNB Reading Series Presents: Sue Goyette and Lynn Davies

Poets Sue Goyette and Lynn Davies will be reading from their poetry Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 1 pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge.

Reading SeriesSue Goyette's latest book of poetry, Outskirts (Brick 2011), explores the complexity and power of human connections while reflecting on the tenuous relationship that we have with our natural environment. Outskirts finds hope in the details of human interaction and envisions a path forward through a natural landscape that is increasingly subject to destruction and dissolution.
Goyette is the author of two previous collections of poetry and one novel. Her first book of poetry, The True Names of Birds (Brick 1998) was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the 2010 Earle Birney Award and the 2011 Bliss Carman Poetry Award. Her first novel, Lures (HarperCollins 2002), was nominated for the 2003 Thomas Head Raddall Award. Sue Goyette currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Lynn Davies is the author of two books of poetry: The Bridge that Carries the Road (Brick 1999), selected as a finalist for the Governor General's Award and short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award in 2000, and Where Sound Pools (Goose Lane 2005). Davies' poems have been published in several anthologies and literary journals, including The FiddleheadThe Malahat Review, and The New Brunswick Reader. Born in New Brunswick, Davies' poetry reflects on human relationships, family, and nature while more directly considering the impact of external events on the our psychological condition.

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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The UNB Reading Series Presents: Anita Lahey and Gerard Beirne Book Launch

Reading SeriesPoets Anita Lahey and Gerard Beirne will be reading from, and celebrating, their most recent works Tuesday, February 21st, 8 pm at the Alumni Memorial Lounge.

Anita Lahey's second collection of poetry, Spinning Side Kick (Signal Editions), combines emotional honesty and worldly attitude in reflections on love, relationships, and the complications that ensue. Spinning Side Kick explores a range of subjects, from a one-man chimney demolition, and a lover at war in Afghanistan, to the fidelity of seahorses. Lahey's first book, Out to Dry in Cape Breton (Signal Editions), was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Ottawa Book Award. She has worked as the editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and as a journalist, writing for publications such as The WalrusMaisonneuveCanadian GeographicQuill & Quire, among others.

Gerard Beirne is an Irish author who currently lives and teaches in Fredericton. Beirne's most recent book of poetry, Games of Chance - A Gambler's Manual (Oberon), links his education in mathematics and engineering to his creative endeavours in an effort to uncover a spiritual unity within the arts and sciences.


Games of Chance - A Gambler's Manual plays with the language of science and mathematical formulations to dissolve the expected boundaries of poetry and redefine our understanding of the world that surrounds us. Beirne is the author of both poetry and fiction, and his most recent novel, Turtle (Oberon), was long-listed for the 2010 ReLit Award. His novel, The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars, London) was short-listed for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award in 2004 and selected by the Daily Express as Book of the Year. He is the past winner of two Sunday Tribune/Hennessey Literary Awards including New Irish Writer of the Year (1996). Beirne has been widely published and his short story "Sightings of Bono" was adapted for a film featuring Bono (U2).

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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The UNB Reading Series Presents Poets Nick Thran and Ian LeTourneau

Reading SeriesPoets Nick Thran and Ian LeTourneau will be reading from their most recent works Wednesday, February 15th, 8 pm at The Galleries in Memorial Hall.

Ian LeTourneau is the author of Terminal Moraine (Thistledown Press 2008) and Defining Range, (Gaspereau Press 2006), a chapbook. He is poetry editor of The Fiddlehead, associate poetry editor of Goose Lane Editions, and frequent contributor to CBC as the local books columnist. His book reviews have appeared in magazines across the country, including The Malahat Review and Books in Canada. He lives on the north side of Fredericton with his wife and son. 

Nick Thran is the author of two books of poetry: Every Inadequate Name (Insomniac) and Earworm (Nightwood). His most recent collection, Earworm, blends a pop culture sensibility with formal experimentation and a whimsical sense of humour. Earworm, published in 2011, explores topics ranging from Picasso's Blue Period to the conceptual sculpture of Dennis Oppenheim and the natural world.

Nick Thran's poems have appeared in ArcThe National PostThe WalrusThe Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review, among others. Thran grew up in Western Canada, southern Spain, and southern California. He has spent the last few years living in Toronto, Ontario and Brooklyn, New York.

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead. 

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Author and UNB Graduate Holly Luhning Rading at UNB Fredericton

Holly Luhning will be reading from her new novel, Quiver, published by HarperCollins Canada, on Monday, January 16th at 8 pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge at UNB.

PosterQuiver, Luhning's first novel, is the thrilling story of Danica, a forensic psychologist from Canada who works at the Stowmoor Hospital in London, England. Danica is drawn into a strange, gothic landscape by her celebrity patient, Martin Foster, who is convicted of branding and murdering a teenage girl, and by her glamorous friend, Maria, who arrives in London for archival research. Both figures have connections to the sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess, Eizabeth Bathory, who famously tortured and killed over six hundred young girls in order to bathe in their blood. Bathory believed the bloody ritual would preserve her youth and beauty. As Danica's fascination with Bathory develops she is compelled to explore a dangerous world of violence and obsession that ultimately questions what she is willing to risk to satisfy her attraction to the legend.

Holly Luhning is a graduate of the UNB Creative Writing MA programme, and later completed a Ph.D in the literature of 18th-century madness and theories of the body. In addition to her academic writing, Luhning has published two books of poetry, Sway (2003) and Plush (2006), and has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award. Quiver, Luhning's debut novel, was described by the National Post as "fast and wicked and dark," and is a Globe and Mail Top 100 pick for 2011.

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

 

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Acclaimed Author Steven Heighton Reading at UNB Fredericton

Poet, novelist, and short-story writer Steven Heighton will be reading from his new novel, Every Lost Country, on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 8 pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge.

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The novel, Every Lost Country, and the collection of poetry, Patient Frame, were published to acclaim in 2010, and a collection of his writing, entitled Workbook: Memos & Dispatches on Writing, is forthcoming in 2011 from ECW. His most recent novel is the story of Lewis Book, a politically strong-willed doctor, who travels to Nepal with his daughter to join a climbing expedition. When the travellers encounter a group of Tibetan refugees attempting to evade Chinese soldiers, Lewis intervenes. He and Amaris, another member of their expedition, are caught up in the events and captured by the Chinese soldiers. The climbers are forced into dangerous circumstances as they work desperately to help their companions. The novel has recently been optioned for film by Rhombus Media.

Steven Heighton is the author of three novels, Shadow Boxer (2000), Afterlands (2005), and Every Lost Country, as well as five books of poetry, including The Ecstasy of Skeptics (1994), Address Book (2004), and Patient Frame (2010). Heighton has received the National Magazine Award gold medal for poetry and fiction, was a finalist for the Trillium Award and the Governor General's Award for Poetry, and received the K. M. Hunter Award for literature.
Most recently he has received the 2011 P.K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry from the Malahat Review for the poem "Jetlag" which is included in his collection Patient Frame.

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, & The Fiddlehead journal.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Giller-Prize Nominated Author Timothy Taylor Reading at UNB Fredericton

Timothy Taylor, Giller-prize nominated author of Stanley Park, will be reading from his new novel, The Blue Light Project, on Tuesday, November 15th at 8 pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge.

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Taylor's new novel, The Blue Light Project, is the story of a hostage taking at a television studio during the filming of a controversial talent show. The only demand of the man armed with explosives  is an interview with a disgraced journalist. As the media circus unfolds, a former olympic gold medalist and a mysterious street artist named Rabbit are drawn into the events that culminate in a dramatic climax that surprises everyone involved.

Timothy Taylor is the author of three novels, including Stanley Park (2001) and Story House (2006), as well as a collection of short-stories, Silent Cruise (2002). Taylor was awarded the Journey Prize in 2000 for his short story "Doves of Townsend," and has been a finalist or runner-up for six other major national fiction prizes in Canada. His non-fiction work has been widely published in magazines and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the National Post, the Vancouver ReviewEnRoute Magazine, and a recurring Big Ideas column for the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine.  

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, & The Fiddlehead journal.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Celebrated Author Antanas Sileika Reading at UNB Fredericton

Author Antanas Sileika will be reading from his new book Underground on Tuesday, October 25th 2011 at Alumni Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus

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Sileika's new novel, Underground (Thomson Allen & Son, 2011), is the dramatic historical tale of Lukas and Elena, members of an underground Lithuanian resistance movement during the period of Soviet rule. A violent confrontation with a room full of Soviet government workers during their engagement celebration turns Lukas and Elena into folk heroes for their political cause but forces them to flee punishment for their part in the massacre. Lukas and Elena are separated during their escape which forces Lukas, believing Elena killed, to leave the country for a new life in France. A crisis in his home country throws Lukas' new life into disarray and he is thrust back into the fight for his life. The thrilling circumstances of Underground are based on true historical events and elements of the author's family history.

Antanas Sileika is the author of four novels, including Dinner at the End of the World (1994), Buying on Time (1997), Woman in Bronze (2004) a Globe Best Book of 2004, and Underground (2011). Sileika is the artistic director for the Humber School of Writers in Toronto, and is a past winner of a National Magazine Award.

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore & The FiddleheadAdmission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Award-Winning author Molly Peacock Reading at UNB Fredericton

Celebrated author Molly Peacock will be reading from her new book, The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72 on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 8pm at the Alumni Memorial Lounge on the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick.

Reading Series

 Molly Peacock, a poet and a creative non-fiction writer, is the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72 (2011), the life story of Mary Granville Pendarves Delany, the beautiful and talented daughter of a minor branch of a powerful family in the 18th century. Married at seventeen to a drunken, though wealthy, sixty-one-year-old man in the interest of improving the family fortunes, Mary would later cultivate a wide and influential group of friends, developing her artistic abilities and pioneering the art form of mixed-media collage in her wondrous cut-paper flowers. The 985 botanically accurate paper flowers, known as Flora Delanica, are now kept in the British Museum. Peacock explores the nature of creativity and art in this exceptional biography, and the book itself is beautifully designed and features thirty-five full-colour illustrations of Mary Delany's paper flowers.

Molly Peacock has also published six books of poetry, including The Second Blush (2008), and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems (2002). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. Among her awards are Danforth Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts Fellowships.

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Poetry Weekend — Join the non-stop party!

The 8th Annual Poetry Weekend opens Friday, September 30th, at Memorial Hall at 8pm with a reading by UNB writer-in-residence Sue Sinclair.

Poetry Weekend

Readings by local poets and writers from across Canada will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 1st & 2nd, at 11am, 2pm, and 8pm at Memorial Hall.

Poets include Amanda Jernigan, Jeffery Donaldson, James Langer, Warren Heiti, Leigh Kotsilidis, Linda Besner, Asa Boxer, Mark Callanan, Shoshanna Wingate, Nick Thran, Anne Compton, Karen Schindler, Rhonda Douglas, Ross Leckie, the ghost of Richard Outram and many more.

The Poetry Weekend is presented by the University of New Brunswick English Department, the UNB Bookstore, the Fiddlehead Journal, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Free refreshments and a cash bar on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Reading Series: David Bezmozgis Oct 4 2011

Reading Series

Award-winning author and filmmaker David Bezmozgis will be reading from his Giller Prize long-listed novel, The Free World, at the Galleries in Memorial Hall on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 8pm.

David Bezmozgis was selected by The New Yorker as one of the twenty writers of fiction under forty years old most likely to be a major writer of his generation.

Latvian-born Canadian Bezmozgis received acclaim for his first collection of fiction, Natasha and Other Stories (2004), which was a New York Times Notable Book, one of the New York Library's 25 Books to Remember for 2004, and was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award (UK), the LA Times First Book Award (US), and the Governor General’s Award (Canada) and has been translated into fifteen languages. Bezmozgis' stories have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Harpers, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus.

Bezmozgis developed his first feature film, Victoria Day, at the Sundance Labs and it premiered in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, subsequently receiving theatrical release in Canada and a Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Free World was published in April 2011 in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Holland. It was announced as a selection for the Giller Prize long list on September 6th, 2011.

The reading is presented by the University of New Brunswick English Department, the UNB Bookstore, the Fiddlehead, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Wayne Johnston reads from his new novel, A World Elsewhere

Award-winning author Wayne Johnston will be reading from his new book, A World Elsewhere on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Fredericton Campus of the University of New Brunswick.

Reading Series

Wayne Johnston, a graduate of the Creative Writing Master's program at UNB, is the author of eight novels, including the best-selling The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, as well as short fiction and the memoir, Baltimore's Mansion, which received the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. Johnston will be reading from his acclaimed new novel, A World Elsewhere, which has been long-listed for the Giller Prize. A World Elsewhere describes the sweeping journey of Landish Druken from St. John's, Newfoundland to Princeton University and finally to a tremendous American castle in North Carolina where he seeks help from his one-time friend, "Van" Vanderluyden, the son of the wealthiest man in America.

The Reading is presented by the UNB English Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, The Fiddlehead & the UNB Fredericton Bookstore. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Shane Rhodes Reviewed in The Globe and Mail

Shane Rhodes (Creative Writing MA, 1998) new poetry book Err has been reviewed by Sonnet L'Abbe in Saturday's Aug. 20 The Globe and Mail.  An excerpt from The Globe and Mail review follows:

Err

Shane Rhodes shows off an XXX-ly sexual, biochemically lexical textual dexterity in his latest collection of poems, Err. Everything we've seen so far from Rhodes sparkles with homophonic brilliance, and Err is no exception. The pleasure and challenge of Err .....

For the full review of Err click here

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Congratulations to Corinna Chong

Congratulations to  Corinna Chong, Creative Writing MA, 2010 on the acceptance of her thesis Belinda's Rings for publication by NeWest Books.  Also congratulations on her faculty appointment to Okanagan College where she joins UNB Creative Writing graduate, Sean Johnston.

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Congratulations to Shane Rhodes

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes, Creative Writing MA, 1998 on winning the Gold Medal for Poetry in this year's National Magazine Awards.

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Congratulations to David Hickey

David Hickey

Congratulations to David Hickey, Creative Writing MA, 2003 on the publicationof his second collection of poetry: Open Air Bindery

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Reading Series: John Barton, Anne Compton, Allan Cooper and Ross Leckie

Reading Series

This reading will bid farewell to our 2010/2011 writer-in-residence, John Barton, and launch The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 with esteemed poets Anne Compton, Allan Cooper and Ross Leckie.

John Barton
for UNB’s 2010/2011 writer-in-residence, this will be a farewell reading after a generous tenure. John Barton is a prolific poet with nine collections to his name. He is also editor of The Malahat Review, and has worked extensively co-editing Arc. He is the recipient of the Ottawa Book Award and has been awarded the Archibald Lampman Award three times. In his most recent collection, Hymn, “the journey is as much geographic and aesthetic as it is carnal and emotional.”

Anne Compton
An accomplished Maritime poet, Anne Compton has received the Governor General’s Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the National Magazine Award for Poetry. She will be reading in support of the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2010. Her most recent collection, asking questions indoors and out has also met with high praise: “Spirit-haunted yet critical, Compton is intermediary here in a complex poetic argument, over which she presides with a confidence ruled by passionate intellect.”

Allan Cooper
is a poet, musician and publisher living in a small village on the Bay of Fundy. He has published over 10 books of poetry. His most recent collection, entitled The Alma Elegies, reproduces his very first collection. The initial publication's reflection on the village of Alma, New Brunswick is extended to the present-day, including new poems as well. Allan Cooper is among the distinguished poets who appear in The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 collection.

Ross Leckie
as Director of the Creative Writing M.A. program at UNB, the Editor of The Fiddlehead and a former president of The League of Canadian Poets, Ross Leckie has made significant contributions to the poetry community of Canada. He is an esteemed poet of three collections of work, the most recent being Gravity’s Plumb Line from Gaspereau Press. Ross will be reading some of his latest work in support of The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 launch.

Please join us for the final UNB Reading Series event of the semester on Tuesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall!

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Reading Series: Valerie Compton

Reading Series

 

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series Thursday, April 7th at 8pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring:

 

Valerie Compton has been widely published in literary journals. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award and the Island Literary Award. Her first novel, Tide Road, deals with the emotional undertow that follows a daughter’s disappearance. Of her work, author Richard Cumyn exclaims: “Valerie Compton is the antidote to willful amnesia, an astonishingly assured new voice delivering the truth with a kind of fierce economy.”

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Reading Series: Annabel Lyon

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Tuesday, Mar. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Main Auditorium; featuring: Annabel Lyon

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Reading Series: Aurian Haller

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Monday, Mar. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring: Aurian Haller. For more information click here.

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Congratulations to Holly Luhning

Quiver

Congratulations to Holly Luhning, Creative Writing MA, 2002 on the publication of her novel Quiver. HaperCollinis in Canada and Pegasus in the United States.

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Reading Series: Richard Cumyn

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring: Richard Cumyn

In his new book, The Young in Their Country, Cumyn presents a range of stories about the ways youth break the expectations of the adult world, how they are both dangerous and endangered.

Steven Heighton notes that Richard Cumyn is "one of our finest story writers: exacting, surprising, deftly attuned both to language and to character, tough-minded and large-hearted at the same time—often within the same sentence."

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Reading Series: George Sipos & M. Travis Lane

Reading Series

George Sipos and M. Travis Lane, will also be reading from their latest collections of poetry, The Glassblowers and The All Nighter’s Radio. This event will also take place at Memorial Hall East Gallery on Tuesday, February 8th at 8pm.

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Reading Series: Sharon McCartney

Sharon

 

Sharon McCartney's most recent work, For and Against, has met with high praise for its vivid, visceral quality. Of her work, George Elliott Clarke has said "You don't read these poems, you feel them: hammer in the head, shod foot on the throat, stiletto in the heart."

McCartney's collections of poetry include Under the Abdominal Wall, Karenin Sings the Blues, and The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder She is the winner of the Acorn Plantos People's Award for Poetry and has served as a poetry editor for The Fiddlehead.

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Reading Series: Chris Hutchinson and Keith Oatley

Reading Series


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Kwame Dawes on PBS Newshour


Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes, MA Creative Writing, PhD English, 1992 was featured on PBS Newshour speaking about his reporting and poetry on AIDS in Haiti.  He has been working with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting


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Congratulations: Shane Rhodes

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes Creative Writing MA, 1998 on his appointment as Poetry Editor at ARC: Canada's Poetry Magazine


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UNB Reading Series

 

Katherin Govier

Katherine Govier is the author of nine acclaimed novels and three short story collections.  Her new novel, The Ghostbrush, tells an imaginative story of Oei, a mid-nineteenth-century Japanese printmaker who worked with her father.  Very little is known of her now, nor of her works, but Govier brings the mystery of this character to life.

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Congratulations: Matt Heiti

Congratulations to Matt Heiti Creative Writing MA, 2010 on winning the $3,000.00 RBC Tarragon Under 30 National Playwriting Competition for I Drag My Coffin through the Lonesome North The play will be read at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto Thursday, November 25 at 8pm

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Congratulations: To Kristel Thornell

thornell

 Congratulations to Kristel Thornell, Creative Writing MA 2002, on the publication of his first novel in New Zealand and Australia, Night Street. Winner of the 20,000 AUS The Australian/Vogel

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UNB Reading Series

 

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The UNB Reading Series is proud to welcome accomplished author Joan Thomas. She is winner of the 2009 regional Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Novel and Amazon.ca First Novel Award recipient for Reading by Lightning, her first work of fiction. Joan Thomas will be reading from her newest and highly anticipated book, Curiosity. The reading will be held Thursday, Nov. 4th at Memorial Hall's East Gallery.

Hope to see you all there!

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The Official Launch of Tammy Armstrong's The Scare in the Crow

Tammy Armstrong Poster

Goose Lane Editions will be launching The Scare in the Crow on Monday, November 1, 2010, at 7pm at Wilser's Room, 366 Queen Street Fredericton, NB.  Books will be made available for purchase, and Tammy will be pleased to autograph your copy.

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UNB Reading Series

 

Poster

Past and present Giller Prize Finalists Michael Helm and Alexander MacLeod will be reading from their newest works this week at the Alumni Memorial Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Hope to see you there

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UNB Fredericton's Writer in Residence

Are you a writer living in or near Fredericton or do live elsewhere in New Brunswick and will be coming for a visit to Fredericton? Would you be interested in receiving free feedback on your writing? Then consider making an appointment with UNB Fredericton's 2010/2011 writer-in-residence John Barton. John is an award winning poet and current editor of The Malahat Review. He welcomes writers at all stages of their careers to meet with him to discuss their work or other writing concerns. Meetings with him are by appointment only.

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-5pm, Thursdays 10am-2pm

Email jbarton@unb.ca or phone (506) 452-6356.

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Poetry Weekend

 

Poetry Weekend

The annual poetry weekend is upon us! Once again UNB Fredericton welcomes many acclaimed Canadian and local poets at this weekend long poetry festival. Come here many of your favorite poets read their work. Featured poets such as John Steffler, Sue Gillis, Anne Compton, Brian Bartlett, Richard Lemm, David Zieroth, Johanna Skibsrud, Karen Solie, Shane Neilson, Sharon McCartney, Katia Grubisic, matt robinson, Vanessa Moeller, Michael deBeyer, James Langer, Tammy Armstrong -just to name a few- will be reading this weekend! Come and join us for a wonderful time.

Readings take place at UNB Fredericton, Memorial Hall on October 2nd and 3rd. Six separate readings will be held from 11am, 2pm, 8pm. We'd love to see you there!

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Congratulations: To Charmaine Cadeau

For her tenure-track position at High Point University in North Carolina.  Charmaine has a nice blend of literature and creative writing courses to teach.

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UNB Reading Series

The University of New Brunswick Fredericton would like to invite you to a literary reading by acclaimed writers John Barton and David Bergen.

John Barton, the 2010/11 writer-in-residence, author of eight poetry collections and 2003 CBC Literary Award and the 2006 National Magazine Award winner will be reading from his newest collection: Hymn.

David Bergen, author of celebrated novels The Case of Lena S. and The Retreat, and Giller Prize winner for his novel The Time in Between, will be reading from his newest work of fiction: The Matter with Morris.

This event will be held Thursday, September 16th at 7pm in the West Gallery at Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton campus. We would be pleased to have you join us!

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The Fiddlehead Wins National Magazine Award

The National Magazine Awards winners have been announced and The Fiddlehead is pleased to say all five of its nominees did well.

In the Fiction category Steven Heighton's story, "Shared Room on Union" won gold. And "Back to Disney" by Jeff Park and "The Spanish Hour" by J. M. Villaverde were honourable mentions. All three stories were published in The Fiddlehead 240 (Summer 2009).


In the Poetry category honourable mentions were given to Anne Compton’s three poems, "Stepping Off," "It starts with names," and "We waited" from The Fiddlehead 239 (Spring 2009) and to Vanessa Moeller’s poetry sequence,"Abandoned Postcards Found in Hotel Room 464," from The Fiddlehead 241 (Autumn 2009). Congratulations to everyone!

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Recent Writer-in-Residence News

Karen Solie, WIR 2006-07,has won for Pigeon, her new collection of poetry:

  • The Griffin Prize for Poetry (now Canada's most prestigious award for poetry)
  • The Pat Lowther Prize for the Best Poetry Book in Canada Written by a Woman
  • The Ontario Trillium Award for Poetry

She still speaks very warmly of her time in Fredericton

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Congratulations: To Steve McOrmond

Steve McOrmond

 Steve McOrmond, Creative Writing 1997 on the publication of his third book of poetry The Good News about Armageddon

 

 


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Congratulations to James Langer

James, The Fiddlehead's poetry co-editor, won the 2010 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Best First Poetry Book for his collection Gun Dogs (House of Anansi Press)

 

 

 

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Congratulations: To James Arthur

Congratulations to James Arthur, Creative Writing MA, 2001, on the acceptance of his first poetry book by Copper Canyon Press. Copper Canyon is one of the five best poetry publishers in the US.

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Congratulations: To Triny Finaly

 Triny Finlay, Creative Writing MA, 2002
UNB faculty member on the publication of her collection of poetry

Histories Haunt Us Launch for the book to take place at Alden Nowlan House (grad house) Thursday, June 17, 8pm

 

 

 

Congratulations: To Antony Christie


Congratulations to Antony Christie (Creative Writing MA, 2002) on the publication of his second book of poetry Of Love and Drowning.  Antony will be signing his book in Fredericton NB at Chapters on April 20 2010.

 

 

Reading Series: Margaret Sweatman

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to a literary reading by acclaimed Canadian writer Margaret Sweatman. She will read from her latest novel, The Players. This witty historical novel examines the high-stakes lives of actors and probes the nature o performance.

Sweatman is the author of three previous novels: Fox, Sam & Angie, and When Alice Lay Down With Peter.

The reading will be held on Tuesday, February 9th at 8:00pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge on the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton campus.

Congratulations to Corinna Chong

Congratulations to  Corinna Chong, Creative Writing MA, 2010 on the acceptance of her thesis Belinda's Rings for publication by NeWest Books.  Also congratulations on her faculty appointment to Okanagan College where she joins UNB Creative Writing graduate, Sean Johnston.

-------------------------

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes, Creative Writing MA, 1998 on winning the Gold Medal for Poetry in this year's National Magazine Awards.

-------------------------

Congratulations to David Hickey

David Hickey

Congratulations to David Hickey, Creative Writing MA, 2003 on the publicationof his second collection of poetry: Open Air Bindery

-------------------------

Reading Series: John Barton, Anne Compton, Allan Cooper and Ross Leckie

Reading Series

This reading will bid farewell to our 2010/2011 writer-in-residence, John Barton, and launch The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 with esteemed poets Anne Compton, Allan Cooper and Ross Leckie.

John Barton
for UNB’s 2010/2011 writer-in-residence, this will be a farewell reading after a generous tenure. John Barton is a prolific poet with nine collections to his name. He is also editor of The Malahat Review, and has worked extensively co-editing Arc. He is the recipient of the Ottawa Book Award and has been awarded the Archibald Lampman Award three times. In his most recent collection, Hymn, “the journey is as much geographic and aesthetic as it is carnal and emotional.”

Anne Compton
An accomplished Maritime poet, Anne Compton has received the Governor General’s Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the National Magazine Award for Poetry. She will be reading in support of the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2010. Her most recent collection, asking questions indoors and out has also met with high praise: “Spirit-haunted yet critical, Compton is intermediary here in a complex poetic argument, over which she presides with a confidence ruled by passionate intellect.”

Allan Cooper
is a poet, musician and publisher living in a small village on the Bay of Fundy. He has published over 10 books of poetry. His most recent collection, entitled The Alma Elegies, reproduces his very first collection. The initial publication's reflection on the village of Alma, New Brunswick is extended to the present-day, including new poems as well. Allan Cooper is among the distinguished poets who appear in The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 collection.

Ross Leckie
as Director of the Creative Writing M.A. program at UNB, the Editor of The Fiddlehead and a former president of The League of Canadian Poets, Ross Leckie has made significant contributions to the poetry community of Canada. He is an esteemed poet of three collections of work, the most recent being Gravity’s Plumb Line from Gaspereau Press. Ross will be reading some of his latest work in support of The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 launch.

Please join us for the final UNB Reading Series event of the semester on Tuesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall!

-------------------------

Reading Series: Valerie Compton

Reading Series

 

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series Thursday, April 7th at 8pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring:

 

Valerie Compton has been widely published in literary journals. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award and the Island Literary Award. Her first novel, Tide Road, deals with the emotional undertow that follows a daughter’s disappearance. Of her work, author Richard Cumyn exclaims: “Valerie Compton is the antidote to willful amnesia, an astonishingly assured new voice delivering the truth with a kind of fierce economy.”

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Reading Series: Annabel Lyon

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Tuesday, Mar. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Main Auditorium; featuring: Annabel Lyon

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Reading Series: Aurian Haller

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Monday, Mar. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring: Aurian Haller. For more information click here.

--------------------------


--------------------------

Congratulations to Holly Luhning

Quiver

Congratulations to Holly Luhning, Creative Writing MA, 2002 on the publication of her novel Quiver. HaperCollinis in Canada and Pegasus in the United States.

--------------------------

Reading Series: Richard Cumyn

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring: Richard Cumyn

In his new book, The Young in Their Country, Cumyn presents a range of stories about the ways youth break the expectations of the adult world, how they are both dangerous and endangered.

Steven Heighton notes that Richard Cumyn is "one of our finest story writers: exacting, surprising, deftly attuned both to language and to character, tough-minded and large-hearted at the same time—often within the same sentence."

--------------------------


--------------------------

Reading Series: George Sipos & M. Travis Lane

Reading Series

George Sipos and M. Travis Lane, will also be reading from their latest collections of poetry, The Glassblowers and The All Nighter’s Radio. This event will also take place at Memorial Hall East Gallery on Tuesday, February 8th at 8pm.

--------------------------

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Reading Series: Sharon McCartney

Sharon

 

Sharon McCartney's most recent work, For and Against, has met with high praise for its vivid, visceral quality. Of her work, George Elliott Clarke has said "You don't read these poems, you feel them: hammer in the head, shod foot on the throat, stiletto in the heart."

McCartney's collections of poetry include Under the Abdominal Wall, Karenin Sings the Blues, and The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder She is the winner of the Acorn Plantos People's Award for Poetry and has served as a poetry editor for The Fiddlehead.

--------------------------

Reading Series: Chris Hutchinson and Keith Oatley

Reading Series


--------------------------

Kwame Dawes on PBS Newshour


Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes, MA Creative Writing, PhD English, 1992 was featured on PBS Newshour speaking about his reporting and poetry on AIDS in Haiti.  He has been working with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting


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Congratulations: Shane Rhodes

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes Creative Writing MA, 1998 on his appointment as Poetry Editor at ARC: Canada's Poetry Magazine


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UNB Reading Series

 

Katherin Govier

Katherine Govier is the author of nine acclaimed novels and three short story collections.  Her new novel, The Ghostbrush, tells an imaginative story of Oei, a mid-nineteenth-century Japanese printmaker who worked with her father.  Very little is known of her now, nor of her works, but Govier brings the mystery of this character to life.

--------------------------

Congratulations: Matt Heiti

Congratulations to Matt Heiti Creative Writing MA, 2010 on winning the $3,000.00 RBC Tarragon Under 30 National Playwriting Competition for I Drag My Coffin through the Lonesome North The play will be read at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto Thursday, November 25 at 8pm

--------------------------

Congratulations: To Kristel Thornell

thornell

 Congratulations to Kristel Thornell, Creative Writing MA 2002, on the publication of his first novel in New Zealand and Australia, Night Street. Winner of the 20,000 AUS The Australian/Vogel

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UNB Reading Series

 

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The UNB Reading Series is proud to welcome accomplished author Joan Thomas. She is winner of the 2009 regional Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Novel and Amazon.ca First Novel Award recipient for Reading by Lightning, her first work of fiction. Joan Thomas will be reading from her newest and highly anticipated book, Curiosity. The reading will be held Thursday, Nov. 4th at Memorial Hall's East Gallery.

Hope to see you all there!

--------------------------

The Official Launch of Tammy Armstrong's The Scare in the Crow

Tammy Armstrong Poster

Goose Lane Editions will be launching The Scare in the Crow on Monday, November 1, 2010, at 7pm at Wilser's Room, 366 Queen Street Fredericton, NB.  Books will be made available for purchase, and Tammy will be pleased to autograph your copy.

--------------------------

UNB Reading Series

 

Poster

Past and present Giller Prize Finalists Michael Helm and Alexander MacLeod will be reading from their newest works this week at the Alumni Memorial Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Hope to see you there

--------------------------

UNB Fredericton's Writer in Residence

Are you a writer living in or near Fredericton or do live elsewhere in New Brunswick and will be coming for a visit to Fredericton? Would you be interested in receiving free feedback on your writing? Then consider making an appointment with UNB Fredericton's 2010/2011 writer-in-residence John Barton. John is an award winning poet and current editor of The Malahat Review. He welcomes writers at all stages of their careers to meet with him to discuss their work or other writing concerns. Meetings with him are by appointment only.

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-5pm, Thursdays 10am-2pm

Email jbarton@unb.ca or phone (506) 452-6356.

--------------------------

Poetry Weekend

 

Poetry Weekend

The annual poetry weekend is upon us! Once again UNB Fredericton welcomes many acclaimed Canadian and local poets at this weekend long poetry festival. Come here many of your favorite poets read their work. Featured poets such as John Steffler, Sue Gillis, Anne Compton, Brian Bartlett, Richard Lemm, David Zieroth, Johanna Skibsrud, Karen Solie, Shane Neilson, Sharon McCartney, Katia Grubisic, matt robinson, Vanessa Moeller, Michael deBeyer, James Langer, Tammy Armstrong -just to name a few- will be reading this weekend! Come and join us for a wonderful time.

Readings take place at UNB Fredericton, Memorial Hall on October 2nd and 3rd. Six separate readings will be held from 11am, 2pm, 8pm. We'd love to see you there!

--------------------------

Congratulations: To Charmaine Cadeau

For her tenure-track position at High Point University in North Carolina.  Charmaine has a nice blend of literature and creative writing courses to teach.

--------------------------

UNB Reading Series

The University of New Brunswick Fredericton would like to invite you to a literary reading by acclaimed writers John Barton and David Bergen.

John Barton, the 2010/11 writer-in-residence, author of eight poetry collections and 2003 CBC Literary Award and the 2006 National Magazine Award winner will be reading from his newest collection: Hymn.

David Bergen, author of celebrated novels The Case of Lena S. and The Retreat, and Giller Prize winner for his novel The Time in Between, will be reading from his newest work of fiction: The Matter with Morris.

This event will be held Thursday, September 16th at 7pm in the West Gallery at Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton campus. We would be pleased to have you join us!

--------------------------

The Fiddlehead Wins National Magazine Award

The National Magazine Awards winners have been announced and The Fiddlehead is pleased to say all five of its nominees did well.

In the Fiction category Steven Heighton's story, "Shared Room on Union" won gold. And "Back to Disney" by Jeff Park and "The Spanish Hour" by J. M. Villaverde were honourable mentions. All three stories were published in The Fiddlehead 240 (Summer 2009).


In the Poetry category honourable mentions were given to Anne Compton’s three poems, "Stepping Off," "It starts with names," and "We waited" from The Fiddlehead 239 (Spring 2009) and to Vanessa Moeller’s poetry sequence,"Abandoned Postcards Found in Hotel Room 464," from The Fiddlehead 241 (Autumn 2009). Congratulations to everyone!

--------------------------

Recent Writer-in-Residence News

Karen Solie, WIR 2006-07,has won for Pigeon, her new collection of poetry:

  • The Griffin Prize for Poetry (now Canada's most prestigious award for poetry)
  • The Pat Lowther Prize for the Best Poetry Book in Canada Written by a Woman
  • The Ontario Trillium Award for Poetry

She still speaks very warmly of her time in Fredericton

--------------------------

Congratulations: To Steve McOrmond

Steve McOrmond

 Steve McOrmond, Creative Writing 1997 on the publication of his third book of poetry The Good News about Armageddon

 

 


--------------------------

Congratulations to James Langer

James, The Fiddlehead's poetry co-editor, won the 2010 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Best First Poetry Book for his collection Gun Dogs (House of Anansi Press)

 

 

 

--------------------------

Congratulations: To James Arthur

Congratulations to James Arthur, Creative Writing MA, 2001, on the acceptance of his first poetry book by Copper Canyon Press. Copper Canyon is one of the five best poetry publishers in the US.

--------------------------

Congratulations to Corinna Chong

Congratulations to  Corinna Chong, Creative Writing MA, 2010 on the acceptance of her thesis Belinda's Rings for publication by NeWest Books.  Also congratulations on her faculty appointment to Okanagan College where she joins UNB Creative Writing graduate, Sean Johnston.

-------------------------

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes, Creative Writing MA, 1998 on winning the Gold Medal for Poetry in this year's National Magazine Awards.

-------------------------

Congratulations to David Hickey

David Hickey

Congratulations to David Hickey, Creative Writing MA, 2003 on the publicationof his second collection of poetry: Open Air Bindery

-------------------------

Reading Series: John Barton, Anne Compton, Allan Cooper and Ross Leckie

Reading Series

This reading will bid farewell to our 2010/2011 writer-in-residence, John Barton, and launch The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 with esteemed poets Anne Compton, Allan Cooper and Ross Leckie.

John Barton
for UNB’s 2010/2011 writer-in-residence, this will be a farewell reading after a generous tenure. John Barton is a prolific poet with nine collections to his name. He is also editor of The Malahat Review, and has worked extensively co-editing Arc. He is the recipient of the Ottawa Book Award and has been awarded the Archibald Lampman Award three times. In his most recent collection, Hymn, “the journey is as much geographic and aesthetic as it is carnal and emotional.”

Anne Compton
An accomplished Maritime poet, Anne Compton has received the Governor General’s Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the National Magazine Award for Poetry. She will be reading in support of the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2010. Her most recent collection, asking questions indoors and out has also met with high praise: “Spirit-haunted yet critical, Compton is intermediary here in a complex poetic argument, over which she presides with a confidence ruled by passionate intellect.”

Allan Cooper
is a poet, musician and publisher living in a small village on the Bay of Fundy. He has published over 10 books of poetry. His most recent collection, entitled The Alma Elegies, reproduces his very first collection. The initial publication's reflection on the village of Alma, New Brunswick is extended to the present-day, including new poems as well. Allan Cooper is among the distinguished poets who appear in The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 collection.

Ross Leckie
as Director of the Creative Writing M.A. program at UNB, the Editor of The Fiddlehead and a former president of The League of Canadian Poets, Ross Leckie has made significant contributions to the poetry community of Canada. He is an esteemed poet of three collections of work, the most recent being Gravity’s Plumb Line from Gaspereau Press. Ross will be reading some of his latest work in support of The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 launch.

Please join us for the final UNB Reading Series event of the semester on Tuesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall!

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Reading Series: Valerie Compton

Reading Series

 

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series Thursday, April 7th at 8pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring:

 

Valerie Compton has been widely published in literary journals. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award and the Island Literary Award. Her first novel, Tide Road, deals with the emotional undertow that follows a daughter’s disappearance. Of her work, author Richard Cumyn exclaims: “Valerie Compton is the antidote to willful amnesia, an astonishingly assured new voice delivering the truth with a kind of fierce economy.”

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Reading Series: Annabel Lyon

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Tuesday, Mar. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Main Auditorium; featuring: Annabel Lyon

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Reading Series: Aurian Haller

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Monday, Mar. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring: Aurian Haller. For more information click here.

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Congratulations to Holly Luhning

Quiver

Congratulations to Holly Luhning, Creative Writing MA, 2002 on the publication of her novel Quiver. HaperCollinis in Canada and Pegasus in the United States.

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Reading Series: Richard Cumyn

Reading Series

Please join us for the UNB Reading Series on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Lounge, featuring: Richard Cumyn

In his new book, The Young in Their Country, Cumyn presents a range of stories about the ways youth break the expectations of the adult world, how they are both dangerous and endangered.

Steven Heighton notes that Richard Cumyn is "one of our finest story writers: exacting, surprising, deftly attuned both to language and to character, tough-minded and large-hearted at the same time—often within the same sentence."

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Reading Series: George Sipos & M. Travis Lane

Reading Series

George Sipos and M. Travis Lane, will also be reading from their latest collections of poetry, The Glassblowers and The All Nighter’s Radio. This event will also take place at Memorial Hall East Gallery on Tuesday, February 8th at 8pm.

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Reading Series: Sharon McCartney

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Sharon McCartney's most recent work, For and Against, has met with high praise for its vivid, visceral quality. Of her work, George Elliott Clarke has said "You don't read these poems, you feel them: hammer in the head, shod foot on the throat, stiletto in the heart."

McCartney's collections of poetry include Under the Abdominal Wall, Karenin Sings the Blues, and The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder She is the winner of the Acorn Plantos People's Award for Poetry and has served as a poetry editor for The Fiddlehead.

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Reading Series: Chris Hutchinson and Keith Oatley

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Kwame Dawes on PBS Newshour


Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes, MA Creative Writing, PhD English, 1992 was featured on PBS Newshour speaking about his reporting and poetry on AIDS in Haiti.  He has been working with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting


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Congratulations: Shane Rhodes

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes Creative Writing MA, 1998 on his appointment as Poetry Editor at ARC: Canada's Poetry Magazine


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UNB Reading Series

 

Katherin Govier

Katherine Govier is the author of nine acclaimed novels and three short story collections.  Her new novel, The Ghostbrush, tells an imaginative story of Oei, a mid-nineteenth-century Japanese printmaker who worked with her father.  Very little is known of her now, nor of her works, but Govier brings the mystery of this character to life.

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Congratulations: Matt Heiti

Congratulations to Matt Heiti Creative Writing MA, 2010 on winning the $3,000.00 RBC Tarragon Under 30 National Playwriting Competition for I Drag My Coffin through the Lonesome North The play will be read at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto Thursday, November 25 at 8pm

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Congratulations: To Kristel Thornell

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 Congratulations to Kristel Thornell, Creative Writing MA 2002, on the publication of his first novel in New Zealand and Australia, Night Street. Winner of the 20,000 AUS The Australian/Vogel

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UNB Reading Series

 

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The UNB Reading Series is proud to welcome accomplished author Joan Thomas. She is winner of the 2009 regional Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Novel and Amazon.ca First Novel Award recipient for Reading by Lightning, her first work of fiction. Joan Thomas will be reading from her newest and highly anticipated book, Curiosity. The reading will be held Thursday, Nov. 4th at Memorial Hall's East Gallery.

Hope to see you all there!

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The Official Launch of Tammy Armstrong's The Scare in the Crow

Tammy Armstrong Poster

Goose Lane Editions will be launching The Scare in the Crow on Monday, November 1, 2010, at 7pm at Wilser's Room, 366 Queen Street Fredericton, NB.  Books will be made available for purchase, and Tammy will be pleased to autograph your copy.

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UNB Reading Series

 

Poster

Past and present Giller Prize Finalists Michael Helm and Alexander MacLeod will be reading from their newest works this week at the Alumni Memorial Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Hope to see you there

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UNB Fredericton's Writer in Residence

Are you a writer living in or near Fredericton or do live elsewhere in New Brunswick and will be coming for a visit to Fredericton? Would you be interested in receiving free feedback on your writing? Then consider making an appointment with UNB Fredericton's 2010/2011 writer-in-residence John Barton. John is an award winning poet and current editor of The Malahat Review. He welcomes writers at all stages of their careers to meet with him to discuss their work or other writing concerns. Meetings with him are by appointment only.

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-5pm, Thursdays 10am-2pm

Email jbarton@unb.ca or phone (506) 452-6356.

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Poetry Weekend

 

Poetry Weekend

The annual poetry weekend is upon us! Once again UNB Fredericton welcomes many acclaimed Canadian and local poets at this weekend long poetry festival. Come here many of your favorite poets read their work. Featured poets such as John Steffler, Sue Gillis, Anne Compton, Brian Bartlett, Richard Lemm, David Zieroth, Johanna Skibsrud, Karen Solie, Shane Neilson, Sharon McCartney, Katia Grubisic, matt robinson, Vanessa Moeller, Michael deBeyer, James Langer, Tammy Armstrong -just to name a few- will be reading this weekend! Come and join us for a wonderful time.

Readings take place at UNB Fredericton, Memorial Hall on October 2nd and 3rd. Six separate readings will be held from 11am, 2pm, 8pm. We'd love to see you there!

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Congratulations: To Charmaine Cadeau

For her tenure-track position at High Point University in North Carolina.  Charmaine has a nice blend of literature and creative writing courses to teach.

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UNB Reading Series

The University of New Brunswick Fredericton would like to invite you to a literary reading by acclaimed writers John Barton and David Bergen.

John Barton, the 2010/11 writer-in-residence, author of eight poetry collections and 2003 CBC Literary Award and the 2006 National Magazine Award winner will be reading from his newest collection: Hymn.

David Bergen, author of celebrated novels The Case of Lena S. and The Retreat, and Giller Prize winner for his novel The Time in Between, will be reading from his newest work of fiction: The Matter with Morris.

This event will be held Thursday, September 16th at 7pm in the West Gallery at Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton campus. We would be pleased to have you join us!

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The Fiddlehead Wins National Magazine Award

The National Magazine Awards winners have been announced and The Fiddlehead is pleased to say all five of its nominees did well.

In the Fiction category Steven Heighton's story, "Shared Room on Union" won gold. And "Back to Disney" by Jeff Park and "The Spanish Hour" by J. M. Villaverde were honourable mentions. All three stories were published in The Fiddlehead 240 (Summer 2009).


In the Poetry category honourable mentions were given to Anne Compton’s three poems, "Stepping Off," "It starts with names," and "We waited" from The Fiddlehead 239 (Spring 2009) and to Vanessa Moeller’s poetry sequence,"Abandoned Postcards Found in Hotel Room 464," from The Fiddlehead 241 (Autumn 2009). Congratulations to everyone!

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Recent Writer-in-Residence News

Karen Solie, WIR 2006-07,has won for Pigeon, her new collection of poetry:

  • The Griffin Prize for Poetry (now Canada's most prestigious award for poetry)
  • The Pat Lowther Prize for the Best Poetry Book in Canada Written by a Woman
  • The Ontario Trillium Award for Poetry

She still speaks very warmly of her time in Fredericton

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Congratulations: To Steve McOrmond

Steve McOrmond

 Steve McOrmond, Creative Writing 1997 on the publication of his third book of poetry The Good News about Armageddon

 

 


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Congratulations to James Langer

James, The Fiddlehead's poetry co-editor, won the 2010 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Best First Poetry Book for his collection Gun Dogs (House of Anansi Press)

 

 

 

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Congratulations: To James Arthur

Congratulations to James Arthur, Creative Writing MA, 2001, on the acceptance of his first poetry book by Copper Canyon Press. Copper Canyon is one of the five best poetry publishers in the US.

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