Al Purdy A-Frame

Looking forward to spending some time in August 2016 at the Al Purdy A-Frame. By then I should be proofreading my novel.

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Poetry-in-Voice Winner

Enzo Campa won the national Poetry-in-Voice Recitation Contest, the brainchild of the Griffin Trust, with his recitation of my poem, “Echolalia.” Poetry is alive in high schools. As proof, I submit this video of Enzo reciting “Echolalia” in front a bunch of lockers.

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The Writers’ Union of Canada

I’m on a year-long task force of the Writers’ Union of Canada that seeks to examine and update, if necessary, its governance structure.

There’s no obligatory military-type service expected of writers but by nature, I’d like to believe that we’re more apt to kiss the hand that feeds us than bite it.

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Canada Council

It’s not a secret anymore. I was on a number of Canada Council juries over 2015-2016. Trust me, there’s a lot of integrity and discussion behind grant decisions, particularly at Canada Council. Your work is seriously considered by multiple people and the committee gets disappointed too when there’s not enough money to go around. We speak kindly and encouragingly of many of you who may not get funded.

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Residency Jury

Happy to serve on the Al Purdy A-Frame residency jury with my great colleagues, Steven Heighton, Karen Solie, and Marilyn Dumont. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Diaspora Dialogues

I’m a jury member for the Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve Grants, administered by Diaspora Dialogues, as well as the Diaspora Dialogues Mentorship Program.

Diaspora Dialogues is really make sure arts funding and programming reach historically under-represented groups.

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Latner Writers Trust Poetry Prize

William Hewitt and Ian Williams present the Latner Writers' Trust Prize to Karen Solie. 2015.

Congratulations to Karen Solie!

I was honoured to be a judge, along with Al Moritz and Susan Musgrave, for the Latner Writers Trust Poetry Prize, a $25 000 prize awarded to a mid-career Canadian poet, 2015.

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Ian Williams seeks divine inspiration at the Banff Centre.
Ian Williams seeks divine inspiration at the Banff Centre.

Leighton Residency at the Banff Centre

I’m glad to have a few weeks in a cabin in the woods at the Banff Centre to work on my novel. Good food, good company, constant fear of wildlife, as in flash visions of hearing a knock on my door and discovering the wolf from the Three Little Pigs.

I discarded all of part 4 and rewrote it–25 000 words gone. Brutal but necessary.

 

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Twitter Takeover for CBC Books

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Judging the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize

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Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Ian Williams Calgary Distinguished Writers Program

I’m honoured to be chosen as the 2014-2015 Canadian Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary as part of its Distinguished Writers Program.

 Ian Williams is now a part of RPO

By the numbers, Representative Poetry Online (RPO) is an anthology of 4 800 poems by 700 poets over the last 1400 years hosted by the University of Toronto. In addition to keyword searches, you can also browse through poetry by timelines or maps.

Here’s my page with five poems and a biography.

 

Personals is Shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Award

Even before writing the opening ring cycle of Personals, I have always loved the ReLit prize, the actual prize, a ring made up of four dials, each with the letters of the alphabet.

 

 

Grinnin’

April 9, 2013

Personals is shortlisted for the

Griffin Poetry Prize

the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry

Personals Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award

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Personals is shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. The award is presented annually to the best poetry collection published by an Alberta-based publisher. Personals is also up for a design award.

 

Profile in U of T Magazine

Winter 2013

University of Toronto’s alumni magazine has a snazzy profile of me in the current issue.

U of T Magazine Ian Williams

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I sound like the offspring of Thoreau and Madame Defarge.

It’s all true. I learned how to use a chainsaw because a colleague’s husband dared me to come up to their place in New Hampshire and chop wood.

Read the article and I’ll blog about it soon.

Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction

Fall 2012

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You dress your story for the weather as best as you can and send it out into the snowy world and hope it finds good friends.

“Break In,” the split narrative story from Not Anyone’s Anything, is keeping good company in the Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction. It has found a place among fiction by such short story masters as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, and Lorrie Moore.

Plus Chekhov and Faulkner and Melville and Ursula Le Guin. I’m telling you, “Break In” is running with the cool, smart kids.

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Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012

Fall 2012

BCP2012RGBMy poem has the longest title in the anthology. “Missed connections: Walmart automotive dept–w4m” was selected for inclusion in this year’s Best Canadian Poetry anthology.

Stop by page 86 for good times.

“Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, this collection of 50 poems is culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals. The handpicked selection includes the best, and most current, representations of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene.”

Learn more

 

 

The 2012 CBC List of 10 Canadian Writers to Watch

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You’re watching one of them!

View the complete list

 

Not Anyone’s Anything Wins the Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

June 12, 2012

 

Not-Anyones-Anything-Cover-662x1024“Brilliant.”

 

“Fresh.”

 

“Funny.”

 

“Intelligent.”

From the press release:

Toronto – The Writers’ Union of Canada announced today that Ian Williams is the recipient of the $10,000 first prize in the 15th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first English language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2011.

Of Ian Williams’ book Not Anyone’s Anything (published by Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview Press), jury members Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Robin McGrath, and Hal Niedzviecki said: “The writing in Not Anyone’s Anything is fresh, funny, and intelligent. This is a solid first book with gripping, convincing dialogue, a fluid sense of urbanity, and structural innovation that doesn’t come off as trickery. You see the poet here, in the crisp choice of language and even in the line breaks, as Williams uses typography and unusual layout to suggest a split-screen view of life. This is a brilliant collection.”

Read more from the press release.

Read the CBC article here.