Starting Out: “The Words Were There, Always”
Patrick Friesen talks about how reading and writing have always been an important part of his life.
Patrick Friesen, a resident of Winnipeg for 30 years and Vancouver for a dozen years, now lives in Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island. He is the author of several books of poetry, most recently A Dark Boat (2012), a translator, and has written several stage and radio plays. Friesen has also collaborated with choreographers, dancers, musicians and composers. His book, Blasphemer’s Wheel, was awarded Manitoba Book of the Year Prize in 1996; A Broken Bowl, was a finalist for the 1997 Governor-General’s Award; and Patrick was awarded the ReLit Award for Poetry in 2012 for jumping in the asylum.
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Starting Out with Music (0:51)
John K. Samson describes how music, specifically punk rock, inspired his early writing.
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