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Writing Craft with Ivan Coyote, Chantal Gibson & Robin Stevenson
The BC and Yukon Book Prizes is delighted to present this first event in our new Storied Series: Discussions about Books, Publishing and the Creative Process.
In this first Storied event hosted by author Jónína Kirton, BC and Yukon Book Prize winning authors Ivan Coyote, Chantal Gibson and Robin Stevenson will read from their books, discuss writing craft and the creative process and take audience questions.
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Funding for the Storied Series is thanks to Heritage Canada, Creative BC, the Government of BC and the Canada Council for the Arts.
More about the authors:
Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller who was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. In 2019 Ivan marked 25 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and released their twelfth book, Rebent Sinner. Coyote’s stories grapple with the complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, and a quick wit. Ivan’s stories manage to handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.
Chantal Gibson is an award-winning writer-artist-educator living on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Working in the overlap between literary and visual art, her work explores the cultural production of knowledge and confronts colonialism head on. Her debut book of poetry, How She Read (Caitlin Press, 2019) explores the representation of Black women in Canadian history, art, literature. It won the 2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the 2020 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and it was shortlisted for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. She teaches writing and design communication in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University.
Robin Stevenson is the author of many books of fiction and non-fiction for children and teens. She was a finalist at the BC and Yukon Book Prizes four times (and thoroughly enjoyed all the BC and Yukon Book Prize tours and galas!) before finally winning the Sheila A. Egoff Award on her fifth attempt, for her teen book My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights (Orca). Robin’s book Pride was a Stonewall Honor book, her board book Pride Colors was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, and several of her books have been selected for the ALA Rainbow List. She has three books forthcoming in 2021: a picture book called Pride Puppy (illus. Julie McLaughlin and published by Orca), a middle grade non-fiction book called Kid Innovators (illus. by Allison Steinfield and published by Quirk), and a teen novel called When You Get the Chance (co-written with Tom Ryan and published by Running Press Kids). She lives in Victoria with her partner and teenage son.
Jónína Kirton is a Métis/Icelandic poet/author and facilitator. Born in Treaty One (Portage la Prairie, Manitoba) she currently lives in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh. A Room Magazine editorial board member she is one of the co-founders of their new reading series, Indigenous Brilliance, an exciting new partnership between Room and Massy Books. She is also the curator of their new online poetry series, Turtle Island Responds. Kirton received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category. She was sixty when she published her first collection of poetry with Talonbooks in 2015. Much to her delight, page as bone ~ ink as blood, has received critical acclaim. Two years later she brought us her second collection, An Honest Woman, again with Talonbooks. The book was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.