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Jeramy Dodds, 2011-2012 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Jeramy Dodds: Photo by Ludovic LandaisDodds’ debut poetry collection, Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books), received the 2009 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for both the 2009 Gerald Lampert Award and the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in various anthologies, magazines and literary journals, including The Walrus, Poetry, The Fiddlehead, The Capilano Review, and Grain Magazine. He is also a past winner of the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Award in poetry.

He holds a BA in English Literature and Anthropology from Trent University and an MA in Medieval Icelandic Studies from The University of Iceland. Dodds, who grew up in Orono, Ontario, has also worked as a research archaeologist in Canada.

During his residency, Dodds devoted 50 per cent of his time to writing and 50 per cent of his time to community activities, including individual manuscript consultations with local writers and readers, public readings, and workshops. While in Calgary, he completed an English translation of the Viking Age, Old Icelandic text, The Poetic Edda, as well as a second collection of poems, entitled Gods' Girls.

“The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program residency offers the perfect balance for an emerging writer who is eager to produce more work, to hone editing skills, to facilitate the writing of young and new writers, and to learn from the mentorship that comes from working in a community of more experienced peers,” says Dodds. “I am impressed with the University of Calgary’s dedication to the broader writing community in Canada and feel honoured to participate in, and contribute to, such an environment, giving back a small part of what has been generously given to me by my mentors: honesty, encouragement and support.”

Visit Jeramy's website here.
Listen to Jeramy read the poem "The Epileptic Acupuncturist" from Crabwise to the Hounds here.
Read Jeramy's poem, "Cottage Country", from the September 2010 issue of The Walrus here.