Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
As both a poet and a filmmaker, Shane Book is an artist with two distinctly different disciplines in his arsenal. But the University of Calgary’s incoming 2016-17 Writer-in-Residence with the long-running Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP) finds common ground between the two practices.
“I think there’s a lot of overlap between the two art forms,” says Book, cracking wise. “It’s just that poetry is a lot cheaper because you only need a pencil, rather than thousands upon thousands of dollars and actors.”
Book — a Griffin Poetry Prize nominee, among his many accomplishments in the world of literature and film — will be teaching a master class called Translating Poetry to Film during the CDWP’s Writer-in-Residence Reunion Festival, running from Sept. 15 to 17. He will also be reading his poetry and showing film clips at CDWP’s annual Hello/Goodbye event on Sept. 16.
The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers, invigorate the Calgary writing community, and enhance the activities of the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English. The Program achieves its objectives through two annual residency programs: one for an emerging Canadian writer, and one for a distinguished writer of international stature.
Since its inception in 1993, the Program has brought to Calgary two Nobel Laureates, Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, and such literary luminaries as Oliver Sacks, Timothy Findley, Thomas King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alberto Manguel, Margaret MacMillan, Michael Ondaatje, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and illustrator Art Spiegelman, among others.