2018 Writer-in-Residence Reading
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8-9 p.m.
The Department of English at Memorial is pleased to announce that accomplished poet Karen Solie is the university Writer-in-Residence during the fall semester of 2018. Everyone is welcome to Solie’s reading.. Free parking in Lot 15B, near the School of Music Building.
Nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of her work, Solie’s work has received great acclaim, beginning with her debut collection, Short Haul Engine, published in 2001 and shortlisted for the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize; that book won the Pat Lowther Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and the ReLit Award. Her second book of poems, Modern and Normal (2005) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, a prize which she won in 2010 for her third volume, Pigeon, which also won the Griffin Poetry Prize that year. In 2013 Bloodaxe Books in England brought out a selection of Solie’s poems, The Living Option.
Solie’s 2015 collection, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, was published by Anansi in Canada and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the U.S. Reviewing the book for Poetry Magazine Jim Johnstone observes that Karen Solie is “already one of Canada’s most internationally acclaimed poets, needing only five books to ascend to the head of her class.” She has been described elsewhere as “A sublime singer of existentialist bewilderment,” one who “restlessly excavates our civilization, the moments of tough luck, casual violence, naked desire, and inchoate menace….”
Presented by Department of English