Writers Read on Queen: Book Launch and Reading – Thursday, April 26 at 7PM

Come celebrate the launch of Jen Currin’s first collection of stories, Hider/Seeker (Anvil Press), with great writers Sachiko Murakami, Dani Couture, and Shazia Hafiz Ramji! 

Jen Currin has published four books of poetry, including The Inquisition Yours, which won the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry in 2011; and School (2014), which was a finalist for three awards. Hider/Seeker (stories) is forthcoming from Anvil Press in the spring of 2018. She lives on the unceded territories of the Qayqayt Nation (New Westminster, BC), and teaches creative writing and English on the unceded territories of Kwantlen First Nation at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey, BC).

Dani Couture is the author of several collections of poetry and the novel Algoma (Invisible Publishing). Couture’s work has been nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, received an honour of distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers, and won the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her new collection of poetry, Listen Before Transmit, will be published in Spring 2018.

Sachiko Murakami is the author of The Invisibility Exhibit (2008), Rebuild(2011), and Get Me Out of Here (2015), all published by Talonbooks. She has been a literary worker for numerous presses, journals, and organizations, and has edited poetry for Insomniac Press and Talonbooks. She was the 2017 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is a finalist for the 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards, received the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Awards. Her writing has recently appeared in Quill & Quire, Vallum, Metatron’s ALPHA, The Puritan, and Hamilton Arts & Letters. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press, 2017) and her debut book of poetry, Port of Being, is forthcoming from Invisible Press in fall 2018. She lives in Vancouver, BC, where she teaches creative writing, is an interviews editor for CWILA, poetry editor at PRISM international, and designer at Rahila’s Ghost.