Open Readings: Centering Ourselves, featuring Phinder Dulai, David Chariandy, and Liz Howard

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Join Faculty and Participants from the Centering Ourselves program for an evening of intimate readings from works in progress, featuring Phinder Dulai, David Chariandy and Liz Howard.

David Chariandy lives in Vancouver and teaches in the department of English at Simon Fraser University.  His first novel, entitled Soucouyant (Arsenal Pulp Press) was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, as well as longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  His second novel entitled Brother (M&S/Penguin Random House) will be published in September 2017.  He is currently working on a memoir or ‘biotext’ addressed to his daughter.

Phinder Dulai is the author of three collections of poetry – dream / arteries (Talonbooks, 2014), Basmati Brown (Nightwood Editions, 2000), and Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995). Dulai is a consulting editor and recently joined the Talon Books Poetry Board. Dulai has been touring dream / arteries since 2014 throughout Canada and the USA; and read more recently at the Asian American Writers Workshop and the Indo-American Arts Council Annual Literary Arts Festival in New York City. Dulai curates the Floor 9 Arts Salon for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in Vancouver and was the co-convener for Sound Thinking Symposium 2015 entitled Voicing the City In/verse: Reading Surrey and the Super- Suburb at the Surrey Art Gallery. Dulai was awarded the Word Masala Award by the Word Masala Non-Profit Foundation in London, England and was recently profiled with a piece on AllLitUp; as well as being a featured guest on CBC's North By Northwest. Dulai is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary contemporary arts group The South of Fraser Inter Arts Collective (SOFIA/c).

Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a debut collection. It was also a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and received an honourable mention for the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. She was born and raised in Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario and has recent ancestral ties to Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Robinson Huron Treaty area) as well as European/Franco-Ontarian settler heritage. Her grandmother belonged to the Makwa Dodem (Bear Clan). She now lives in Toronto where she assists with research on the aging brain.