Wed. Nov. 16:
Margaret Christakos & Armand Garnet Ruffo
Landon Branch Library
167 Wortley Rd., London, ON
Events ~ once a month, on Wed. evenings
Readings at 7:30pm
Pre-reading workshops at 6:30pm
Questions? Email us at poetrylondon.ca at gmail.com
or call the Landon Library at 519-439-6240
Margaret Christakos is a widely known Canadian poet, fiction writer and writing mentor. She has published nine collections of poetry about the body, memory, relationship, social hope and public speech— including Multitudes (Coach House, 2013), Welling (Scrivener, 2010, a Globe100 book), What Stirs (Coach House, 2008, a Lowther Memorial Award nominee), Sooner (Coach House, 2005, a Lowther nominee), and Excessive Love Prostheses (Coach House, 2002, winner of a ReLit Award) — as well as a Trillium-nominated novel, Charisma (Pedlar, 2000). She has taught creative writing in association with University of Toronto, the Guelph-Humber MFA in Creative Writing program, and OCAD University. A new book of creative non-fiction, Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies, was published in Spring 2016 by BookThug. She is Writer in Residence this year at the University of Western Ontario and the London Public Library. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, she lives in Toronto with her three young-adult children.
Armand Garnet Ruffo is a writer and scholar who draws on his Ojibway heritage for his work. Born in Chapleau, northern Ontario, his roots extend to the Sagamok Ojibway First Nation and the Chapleau Fox Lake Cree First Nation. He is recognized as one of the earliest contributors to both contemporary Indigenous literature and Indigenous literary criticism in Canada. In 2016 he co-edited Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (Broadview Press). In 2015 he published The Thunderbird Poems, based on the paintings of the acclaimed Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau (Harbour), and that same year his creative biography Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (Douglas & McIntyre) was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literature at Queen’s University, Kingston.