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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Tonight! SLS Montreal faculty reading #2 at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

Great news: Summer Literary Seminars Montreal is hosting a mini-program this February! We are happy to be hosting two reading nights featuring members of the SLS faculty. You don’t need to be an SLS participant to attend: these readings are free and open to the public! Last night we enjoyed readings by CA Conrad, Stephanie Bolster and Greg Santos. Tonight, February 21st, come back for readings by Sean Michaels, Anna Leventhal, Melissa Bull and Jeff Miller. Readings will start at 7 p.m.

As always, this SLS Montreal program will be featuring an exciting faculty of Montreal writers, as well as a couple guests from out of town!

CA Conrad is the author of seven books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (Wave Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010).  A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.

Stephanie Bolster’s latest book, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award, and more recent work was a finalist for the 2012 CBC/Canada Writes competition. Her first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General's and the Gerald Lampert Awards in 1998. Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and co-editor of Penned: Zoo Poems, she was born in Vancouver and teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montréal, where she also coordinates the writing program.

Greg Santos is the author of two books, most recently Rabbit Punch! (DC Books, 2014) and The Emperor's Sofa (DC Books, 2010), along with several chapbooks. His writing has appeared in Geist, Matrix, The Feathertale Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The New Haven Review, Scrivener Creative Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and The Best American Poetry blog, among other publications. He is the poetry editor for the online literary magazine carte blanche. He serves on the board of directors of The Quebec Writers' Federation and has taught creative writing to at-risk youth through Writers in the Community, as well as other organizations including New Haven Reads and LOVE: Leave Out Violence. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two kids.

Sean Michaels was born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1982. He is the winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Us Conductors (Random House/Tin House 2014). The recipient of two National Magazine Awards, Sean has written about music for The Guardian, McSweeney's, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and at his mp3blog Said the Gramophone. He lives in Montreal.

Anna Leventhal's acclaimed short story collection Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing)won the Quebec Writers' Federation's Concordia University First Book Prize. Her writing has appeared in Geist, Matrix, MaisonneuveThe Montreal Review of Books, and several short fiction anthologies, and on CBC radio. She was nominated for the Journey Prize, won a Quebec Writing Competition award, and was shortlisted for a Canada Writes award. She lives in Montreal.

Melissa Bull is a writer, editor and translator based in Montreal. Her writing has been featured in Event, Matrix, Lemon Hound, Broken Pencil, The Montreal Review of Books, Playboy and Maisonneuve. She has translated such authors as Kim Thuy, Évelyne de la Chenlière, Raymond Bock, Alexandre Soublière and Maude Smith Gagnon for various publications, including Maisonneuve, where she is the editor of the "Writing from Quebec" column. Melissa has a BA in creative writing from Concordia University and has taken writing workshops with Summer Literary Seminars Saint Petersburg and Montreal as well as with the Toronto New School. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Her collection of poetry, Rue, and her translation of Nelly Arcan's collection of essays and fiction, Burqa de chair, are forthcoming.
Jeff Miller has written and published the autobiographical Ghost Pine zine since 1996. His stories have appeared in several anthologies and his first collection, Ghost Pine: All Stories True, was released by Invisible Publishing in 2010. He is a regular book reviewer for Cult MTL and other publications. He lives in Montreal where he continues to write.

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