Tagged with: inspiration
Location: Power in the Margins (2:10)
John K. Samson describes why he doesn’t mind being called a “Provincial” writer.
Poetry Books: Spain and The Dark Boat (3:50)
Patrick Friesen talks about the inspiration and research behind his book The Dark Boat, released by Anvil Press in 2011, including his submersion into Spanish culture during his trip to Spain.
Writing from Experience: Moving to Winnipeg (4:36)
Patrick Friesen moved to Winnipeg to go to University. In this video he describes how his education at the University of Manitoba inspired his love of language, sparked his interest in writing and eventually led to his being one of the first authors published at Turnstone Press.
Writing from Experience: Finding Comfort in Discomfort (2:54)
Maurice Mierau talks about how his Mennonite background has given him a strong sense of himself as a poet.
Writing from Experience: What Makes a World (1:07)
Maureen Scott Harris talks about how her experiences living in Winnipeg have affected her writing.
Writing Community: Collaboration as a Way of Life (4:26)
Collaboration is one of the main sources of inspiration for Patrick Friesen. In this video he explains how important his collaborations in music, dance and translation have become for him and his work.
Writing Community: How Conversation Strengthens Writing (4:25)
Writing can be a lonely business. In this video, Maureen Scott Harris talks about her long friendship with Jan Horner and how community has helped her as an artist.
Writing Community: Catherine Hunter (1:38)
John K. Samson talks about his first encounter with Catherine Hunter’s writing and how it continues to inspire him today.
Inspiration: Living in Jamaica (1:26)
In this video, Maurice Mierau talks about his childhood influences and early writing experiences.
Inspiration: The Underwater World of Grief (3:31)
Maureen Scott Harris describes the differences between her first poetry collection A Possible Landscape, published by Brick Books in 1993, and her second Drowning Lessons published by Pedar Press in 2004. In doing so, she discusses inspiration, grief, and self-discovery.
Inspiration: The Imagery of Winnipeg (2:34)
Despite moving from Manitoba the West Coast because he felt a "strong desire to leave," Patrick Friesen believes that Winnipeg is his home.
Travel: A Musical Map (3:32)
John K. Samson discusses the initial inspiration for his solo album Provincial and how the project grew over time.
Genre Lines: Thematic Connections (3:42)
Maurice Mierau has experience in nonfiction, poetry and editing. In this video, he discusses how interconnected these activites are.
Genre Lines: The Colour of a Note (2:57)
Patrick Friesen describes the importance of music and sound in his writing and how his collaborations with musicians such as Marilyn Lerner have helped him to both focus and distort his senses.
The Writing Life: Teaching and Throwing Hand Grenades (2:49)
Patrick Friesen talks about being a teacher, inspiring excitement in his students and why he doesn't think his job takes away from his writing.
Growing Up: The Marriage of Music and Words (2:39)
In this video, John K. Samson talks about how growing up in the Lutheran church and discovering local poets inspired his love of music and words.
Growing Up: Believing in Words (3:02)
Patrick Friesen believes that “a person writes out of what they know towards what they don’t know.” In this video, he discusses how his Mennonite childhood influenced his eventual belief in the power and meaning of words.
Starting Out with Music (0:51)
John K. Samson describes how music, specifically punk rock, inspired his early writing.
Starting Out: Angst and Uncertainty (2:20)
Maureen Scott Harris talks about her start in poetry and how she developed her love of language.
Starting Out: “The Words Were There, Always” (1:09)
Patrick Friesen talks about how reading and writing have always been an important part of his life.
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