Liz Howard: Remarkable poet and person

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On April 16, CWLC welcomed Liz Howard, poet and the University of Calgary “Canadian Writer in Residence.” Liz was introduced as a writer of “humility and brilliance” by Caitlin Spencer, Coordinator for the Calgary Distinguished Writers program.

Ms. Howard spoke about her poetic practise, her background and how she became a writer. She grew up off-reserve, in Chapleau, a small northern Ontario logging town. She obtained a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.

Her poetry reflects the sense of being balanced between the worlds of her Anglophone mother and her First Nations father.

Ms. Howard’s remarkable presentation included readings from her first book, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2016. A too-brief discussion on “the problem with Canada” followed.

Hear and read an excerpt here!

Taken from Robin’s CWLC Minutes, with an addition or two from the Webmaster.