Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Place: The Almanac Gastropub & Cocktails
Address: 10351 82 Ave (Whyte Ave) Edmonton
Margaret Christakos is a writer from Sudbury, Ontario, who has lived in Toronto since 1987. She has published nine collections of poetry, a novel and an intergenre memoir, as well as numerous chapbooks. She is 2017–2018 Writer in Residence at the University of Alberta, and has previously held the position at Western University and University of Windsor. Her work has been shortlisted for the Ontario Trillium Book Award and the Pat Lowther Award, and has received the ReLit Award for Poetry and the Bliss Carman Award. Space Between Her Lips: The Poetry of Margaret Christakos was published in Spring 2017 by WLU Press. The poem included in this chapbook, “Coat,” was written during her U of A residency.
Deborah Willis‘s latest collection of fiction, The Dark and Other Love Stories, was published by Penguin in Canada and W.W. Norton in the US, was longlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize and named one of the Globe and Mail‘s Best Books of 2017. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award and praised by Alice Munro for its “range and depth…clarity and deftness.” Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Virginia Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, Lucky Peach, The Walrus, and Zoetrope. She has been the Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary, the Submissions Coordinator for Freehand Books, and is now the Writer in Residence at MacEwan University. She is currently working on a novel.