Historic Joy Kogawa House announces 2011 Writing for Social Change readings series
On Thursday, September 15, Historic Joy Kogawa House will welcome Toronto author Susan Crean as 2011 writer-in-residence. (As part of The Word On The Street Vancouver, meet Susan Friday night, September 23, at Historic Joy Kogawa House. And make a collage button with Laura Bucci at the same time!)
Susan Crean is a lifelong non-fiction author and journalist who will live at Historic Joy Kogawa House while working on a major new book of literary non-fiction that combines memoir, history, and social comment to tell the story, in part, of head-tax payer, Wong Dong Wong, who came to Canada in 1911. Crean will live and work at the house for three months while creating this new work. During this period, she will offer local writers and readers a number of opportunities to meet with her as an author in one-on-one consultations.
Crean will also engage in a series of conversations during her residency with writers who use their work as a means of social change. Writers in this series include the following:
– poet Evelyn Lau, in conversation Sunday, October 2
– journalist Eric Enno Tamm, Sunday, October 16
– playwright Tara Beagan, Sunday, October 30
– essayist Betsy Warland, Sunday, November 5
– writer Wayde Compton, Sunday, November 27
– artist Shirley Bear, Sunday, December 4
Crean will also lead writing workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 19, and she will participate in a craft sale and open house event with other local writers from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.
Crean is an accomplished teacher and editor and her ability to work with other writers distinguished her application from others received in a cross-Canada call for proposals. Among the applicants received, Susan Crean was judged the most skilled writer and the applicant with the most clarity around the public programs to be presented. Crean lives in Toronto, Ontario, but will live and work at Historic Joy Kogawa House throughout her residency, from September 15 to December 15, 2011.
To make an appointment for consultation with Susan Crean, and for further information, please visit
http://www.kogawahouse.com or call (604) 263-6586.