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In Conversation: Oana Avasilichioaei and Richard Harrison

Date & Time:
March 20, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Big Secret Theatre (Arts Commons, 225 8 Ave SE)

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program is delighted to present In Conversation: Oana Avasilichioaei and Richard Harrison. Both former CDWP Canadian Writers-in-Residence and 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award winners, Avasilichioaei and Harrison will be joined by another of our accomplished former Writers-in-Residence, Marcello Di Cintio.

Avasilichioaei and Harrison will read their work and participate in an intimate conversation guided by Di Cintio. The event will be followed by a reception, where audience members will have the opportunity to meet the authors and mingle.

Though tickets are free, space is limited. To reserve your free ticket, please email

Oana Avasilichioaei (photo by Pam Dick)2010–2011 Canadian Writer-in-Residence Oana Avasilichioaei’s practice is concerned with textuality, polylingual poetics, the social and political forces/voices of the polis, and the intermediary spaces between word, sound and image, exploring the transgressions of these terrains through poetry, translation, performance, and sound work. Her five poetry collections include We, Beasts (Wolsak & Wynn 2012, winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry); Limbinal (Talonbooks 2015), a hybrid, multi-genre poetic work on notions of borders; and her current book/beyond-the-book project is Eight Track (upcoming 2019), a poetic, sonic investigation of the multifold meanings of track and tracking. Also a translator, her most recent translation of Bertrand Laverdure’s Readopolis (BookThug, 2017) won the 2017 Governor General Literary Award. Based in Montreal, she frequently crosses borders ( 
Richard Harrison1995–1996 Canadian Writer-in-Residence Richard Harrison’s On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood won the Governor-General’s and Stephan G. Stephansson Awards for Poetry for 2017. His other critically noted books include Hero of the Play, poems in the language of hockey. Soon celebrating its 25th year in print, it was launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, and, to introduce Richard to Calgary in 1995, the Saddledome. During his residency, Richard wrote much of Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his daughter learning language, and the book went on to win the City of Calgary Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award. Richard is a Full Professor of English and Creative Writing at Mount Royal University. He also runs the “Thursday Group” workshop, which has nurtured the talents of scores of Calgary poets and been the source work for over a dozen books of poetry in the past 15 years.
Marcello Di Cintio (photo by James May)2009–2010 Canadian Writer-in-Residence Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. His new book, Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, examines life in contemporary Palestine as seen through the lens of literary culture and will be published in April.