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Writing the Spiritual ~ A Conversation with Jen Currin, Betsy Warland, Jónína Kirton, & Meharoona Ghani

Conversation & Book Signing

Sunday, September 22, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

Join four writers in conversation as they discuss the ways in which their spiritual practices and beliefs influence their writing.

Jen Currin is the author of Hider/Seeker: Stories, which was named as a one of The Globe and Mail's top 100 books of 2018. Jen has also published four poetry collections, including The Inquisition Yours, winner of the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, and School, a finalist for three awards. Jen lives on the unceded territories of the Qayqayt Nation (New Westminster), and teaches writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the University of British Columbia.

Meharoona Ghani, a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio and the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, is guided by her love for Rumi, spirituality, the Divine and many of the world’s wisdom traditions in pursuing her writing. Meharoona’s poetry has been featured in many anthologies and has won writing competitions. She is working on her book Letters to Rumi – an autobiographical account about identity and belonging – from which select excerpts have been featured in The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth by Mawenzi House Publishers, 2016; and Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers by Caitlin Press, 2019.

Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing.In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was launched by Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions. Reviews have called it “an achievement,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.”In 2013, Warland created a new publishing template called Oscar’s Salon. An interactive salon that features excerpts from her manuscript Oscar of Between, Guest Writers and Artist’s work, the salon also includes a Featured Reader each month as well as readers’comments.

Jónína Kirton, a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet, author and facilitator currently lives in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh. She graduated from the SFU Writer’s Studio in 2007. Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, was released in April 2015 with Talonbooks. It has been described as “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” A late blooming poet she was sixty-one when she received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category. Her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, was a finalist in the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.