Join us for the Calgary launch of Jen Currin’s debut story collection, Hider/Seeker (Anvil Press 2018). In Hider/Seeker, the stories are about addiction and meditation, relationships and almost-relationships, solitude and sexuality. The stories are unflinchingly honest in their portrayal of relationships – in particular the relationships of the book’s LGBTQ+ characters – as they navigate spirituality, monogamy, and sex.
Jen will be joined for her reading by an excellent line up of writers: Nikki Reimer, Larissa Lai, Weyman Chan, and Rain Prud’homme-Cranford.
Jen Currin has previously published four collections of poetry, including The Inquisition Yours (Coach House; winner of the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry) and School (2014; finalist for three awards). Jen lives on the unceded ancestral territories of the Qayqayt Nation, and teaches creative writing and English on the unceded territories of Kwantlen First Nation at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Nikki Reimer lives on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. She writes poetry, essays and criticism, organizes in community, yells on the internet, and makes digital art. Published books are DOWNVERSE and [sic]; several more are in-progress. Creative and non-fiction work has appeared on stages, billboards, public art exhibits, pop-up bistro menus, and in various magazines, journals and anthologies. She has a partner and two cats.
Larissa Lai has published two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl; two poetry books, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers’ Award, and a finalist for seven others, she holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary, where she directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing. In Fall 2018, Arsenal Pulp Press will publish her new novel, The Tiger Flu.
Weyman Chan‘s 5th book of poetry, Human Tissue –a primer for Not Knowing– was published by Talonbooks in 2015. He is poetry co-editor for filling Station, Calgary’s first literary magazine dedicated to experimental/conceptual/hybrid texts.
Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (Rain C. Goméz) PhD’s is a “FAT-tastica IndigeNerd” whose Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory (MEP 2012), won the First Book Award in Poetry from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Her next poetry collection, Miscegenation Round Dance: Poemes Historiques, is forthcoming. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literatures in the Department of English and Affiliated Faculty in the International Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Calgary. She is Co-Editor and Chief, (along with Carolyn Dunn), of This Painted Horse Press, a Borderless Indigenous Press of the Americas.