Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at Green College 2015
Erín Moure’s residency at Green College between January and April of 2015 will be supported by a $12,000 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Erín Moure (a.k.a. Erin Mouré, Eirin Moure, Elisa Sampedrin) is a Montreal-based poet, translator and essayist, whose distinctions include a Governor’s General Award (and four further nominations for poetry plus one as co-translator of poetry from French), a Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and being shortlisted on three occasions for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her recent publications encompass a poetry collection, The Unmentionable (Toronto: Anansi, 2012); a work of creative non-fiction, Insecession, published in one volume with her translation from Galician of Chus Pato’s Secesión (Toronto: BookThug, 2014); and a book of literary criticism, My Beloved Wager: Essays from a Writing Practice (Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2009). Prolific across a range of forms and genres, a frequent collaborator and an in-demand performer of her own work, Erín is known for her daring sleights of language and love of a steep challenge.
During her three-month residency at Green College, as well as mentoring writers at the College and from the wider UBC creative writing community, Erín will work on The Elements, a book combining poems and poetics that honours her father, who wanted to write a book with Erín to illustrate what it is like to live with dementia.
She will also organize and moderate three panel discussions at the College on the theme of “The Public and Resistant Form,” beginning on January 19 with a session on “Poetry as Resistant Form” that will bring together Victoria director and choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz with Vancouver poets Stephen Collis and Rita Wong. For more on the series (see details here).
The role of (Canada Council) Writer-in-Residence at Green College was inaugurated in 1999 by Lyn Coady. Erín Moure is the fourteenth in the series (see previous Writers-in-Residence here).