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Creative Writing Reading Series

The Creative Writing Program’s annual reading series offers students the opportunity to encounter exciting local and international writers working in a wide variety of genres, as well as editors, publishers and other professionals in the writing world. The series also invites creative writing graduates to read from their newly published work, and features a yearly faculty reading and conversation about how writing happens in the lives of published authors and students alike.

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Grid photo with Creative Writing Reading Series panelists. Top row, left to right: Kenzie Allen, Andy Weaver & Concetta Principe. Middle row, left to right: David B. Goldstein, Jennifer Duncan & Allan Weiss. Bottom row, left to right: Michael Helm, Pasha Malla & Suzanne Zelazo
Top row, left to right: Kenzie Allen, Andy Weaver & Concetta Principe
Middle row, left to right: David B. Goldstein, Jennifer Duncan & Allan Weiss
Bottom row, left to right: Michael Helm, Pasha Malla & Suzanne Zelazo

Annual Faculty Reading

Date: Monday, October 18th, 2021
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.

To obtain a Zoom link for this event, please contact

About the panelists:

Kenzie Allen is a poet and multimodal artist, and a recent winner of the James Welch Prize for Indigenous Poets and a 92Y Discovery Prize. She is a descendant of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

Andy Weaver has published three books of poetry. He has recently completed a manuscript for a book-length poem working through notions of love as an abstract concept and in relation to becoming a parent.

Concetta Principe is a writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and scholarship on trauma and literature. Her most recent book of creative non-fiction, Stars Need Counting: Essays on Suicide (2021) came out with Gordon Hill Press.

David B. Goldstein is the author of two books of poetry and numerous essays and directs the Creative Writing Program at York.

Jennifer Duncan is the author of two books, Sanctuary & Other Stories and Frontier Spirit: Brave Women of the Klondike, as well as of numerous poems, short stories and book reviews in literary journals and newspapers.

Allan Weiss has published three story cycles: Living Room (2001), Making the Rounds (2016), and most recently Telescope (2019). He has published other stories, both realist and fantastic, in various anthologies and periodicals, including Wascana Review and the Tesseracts anthology series.

Michael Helm’s most recent novel is After James. He also writes nonfiction on culture and the arts and is an editor at Brick magazine.

Pasha Malla is the author of seven books, most recently Kill the Mall, a novel. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his partner and their relentless dog.

Suzanne Zelazo is the author of the poetry collections Lances All Alike and Parlance and is the editor and co-editor of several collections of work by experimental female artists and writers.

Past events

Michelle Orange

June 17, 2021

Iain Reid

April 7, 2021

Souvankham Thammavongsa

February 9, 2021

Martha Magor-Webb

January 27, 2021

Steven Heighton

October 27, 2020

Danny Ramadan

October 27, 2020

Yusuf Saadi

November 17, 2020

Sara Peters

Naben Ruthnum

Phoebe Wang

Zalika Reid-Benta

Alicia Elliott

Susannah M. Smith

Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Pasha Malla

Adam Sol

Camilla Gibb

Canisia Lubrin

Ray Robertson

Michael Redhill

Marianne Apostolides

Karen Solie

Ann Eriksson

Liz Howard

Elio Iannacci

Derek Beaulieu

Penn Kemp

Aisha Sasha John

Alison Pick

Kilby Smith-McGregor

Chad Campbell

Michael Redhill

Joseph Boyden

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Will Kemp

Marianne Apostolides

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Iris Turcott

Anusree Roy

Joseph Pierre

Dave Bidini

Aleksandar Hemon

Ann Shin

Meaghan Strimas

Leigh Kotsilidis

Samantha Bernstein

John Barton

Christopher Doda

Ray Robertson

Ken Babstock

Miriam Toews

Jen Bervin

Barry Callaghan

C.R. Avery

Lorna Crozier

Barry Dempster

Leigh Nash

Andrew Faulkner

Daniel Scott Tysdal

Gary Geddes

Molly Peacock

Lesley Wheeler