Since 2010, Damian Rogers, our founding Director and a poet, has selected hundreds of exciting poems for our anthology. Now she leads our editorial board of Hoa Nguyen and Joshua Whitehead, who will continue to build the anthology over the next three years, and Richard Harrison, the winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards for Poetry, who joins us as a guest editor this year.
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Richard Harrison’s On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood (Wolsak & Wynn) won the 2017 Governor General’s and Stephan G. Stephansson (Alberta) Prizes for poetry. It was also translated and published in Italian in 2018. Richard’s work follows in the modernist conversational and storytelling traditions of Canadian poets Alden Nowlan and Patrick Lane, and his influences include Sharon Olds and, because his father loved and recited his poetry, Dylan Thomas. Richard writes chiefly on family history and about the narratives (and poems) that join the generations. His poems are also often described as an inquiry into the power and limitations of poetry itself. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Calgary’s Mount Royal University.
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. Her work has received favorable notice from The New York Times, The Boston Review, Publishers Weekly, and The Walrus among others. She currently lives in Toronto where she teaches at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private poetics workshop.
The founding Creative Director of Poetry In Voice, Damian Rogers is the author of two books of poetry, Paper Radio and Dear Leader. Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Rogers has lived in Toronto since 2003, where she has worked as a journalist and poetry editor.
Joshua Whitehead is an Ojibwe Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Indigenous literatures and cultures at the University of Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. His most recent book of poetry is Full-Metal Indigiqueer which precedes his debut novel, Jonny Appleseed. Follow him on Twitter @JWhitehead204.
Joshua prefers to write about Indigeneity, and more specifically, 2SQ (Two-Spirit, queer Indigeneity). He is strongly influenced by the orality of Leanne Simpson and Lee Maracle, along with the powerful metaphors of Billy-Ray Belcourt and Gwen Benaway. His poetic style is usually lyrical, experimental, and intertextual, he likes to use repetition and anaphora to help structure his poems, along with a multitude of voices to help his speakers sing.