Culture in the Middle of Nowhere

John K. Samson (3:24)

John K. Samson describes the "lost culture" of Iceland and Winnipeg.

Tagged with: heritage, winnipeg, culture.

John K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for The Weakerthans, an acclaimed rock band. John’s poetry and prose has appeared in Matrix Magazine, Geist, The Believer and Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he’s also the managing editor and co-founder of a small publishing house, ARP (Arbeiter Ring Publishing). His first solo album, Provincial, and book, Lyrics and Poems, 1997–2012, were released in January 2012.

Maurice Mierau
Culture, Language, and Community (3:57)

Maurice Mierau speaks about why Mennonite writers are drawn to community and writing groups.

Patrick Friesen
Culture: Mennonite Writing (6:01)

The writing community in Winnipeg has been profoundly shaped by Mennonite writers such as Di Brandt, David Bergen, Miriam Toews, Sarah Klassen and (the interviewee in this video) Patrick Friesen. Many of the city’s best known novelists and poets are of a Mennonite background and several have been involved in creating and maintaining writing communities within Manitoba. In this video, Friesen speaks to why this may be the case and why the Mennonite traditions of storytelling, organization, and spirituality actually help foster great writers.

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