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Calgary Distinguished Writers Program names 2011 – 2012 Writer-in-Residence


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The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program has chosen Jeramy Dodds as the 2011 – 2012 Canadian Writer-in-Residence. He began his ten-month residency at the U of C on August 15, 2011.

Dodds’ debut poetry collection, Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books), received the 2009 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for both the 2009 Gerald Lampert Award and the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in various anthologies, magazines and literary journals, including The Walrus, Poetry, The Fiddlehead, The Capilano Review and Grain Magazine. He is also a past winner of the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Award in poetry.

He holds a BA in English Literature and Anthropology from Trent University and an MA in Medieval Icelandic Studies from The University of Iceland. Dodds, who grew up in Orono, Ontario, has also worked as a research archaeologist in Canada.

During his residency, Dodds is devoting 50 per cent of his time to writing and 50 per cent of his time to community activities, including individual manuscript consultations with local writers and readers, public readings and workshops. While in Calgary, is working on completing an English translation of the Viking Age, Old Icelandic text, The Poetic Edda, as well as a second collection of poems.

“The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program residency offers the perfect balance for an emerging writer who is eager to produce more work, to hone editing skills, to facilitate the writing of young and new writers, and to learn from the mentorship that comes from working in a community of more experienced peers,” says Dodds. “I am impressed with the University of Calgary’s dedication to the broader writing community in Canada and feel honoured to participate in, and contribute to, such an environment, giving back a small part of what has been generously given to me by my mentors: honesty, encouragement and support.”

Dodds reads with 2010 – 2011 Canadian Writer-in-Residence Oana Avasilichioaei on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Arrata Opera Centre (1315 – 7 Street SW). Dodds will read from his acclaimed poetry collection, Crabwise to the Hounds, and Avasilichioaei will perform from some of the collaborative work developed during her year as Writer-in-Residence, involving poetic performance, voice, sound and technological interventions. The event is free and open to the public.

Housed in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts, the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program celebrates reading and writing through a unique vision. It helps advance the careers of promising Canadian writers and enriches the Canadian writing community through two extended residency programs: a 10-month residency for emerging Canadian writers; and residencies of varying length for writers of international distinction. Since its inception in 1993, the Program has brought to Calgary two Nobel Laureates, Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, and such literary luminaries as Oliver Sacks, Timothy Findley, Keri Hulme, Thomas King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alberto Manguel, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret MacMillan, Art Spiegleman, D.M. Thomas and Sir Laurens van der Post, among others.