Contributor Biographies for Brick 89
Homero Aridjis is the author of forty-two books of poetry and fiction. Formerly Mexico’s ambassador to Switzerland, the Netherlands, and UNESCO, he is also known for his pioneering work as an environmental activist and his stint as president of International PEN. His forthcoming book, A Time of Angels, will be available from City Lights Books later this year.
Margaret Avison (1918–2007) was a poet and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her books include The Dumbfounding, sunblue, and Concrete and Wild Carrot.
Peggy Baker is one of Canada’s most influential and celebrated dance artists. Since 1974, she has performed internationally with her own work, and also with the companies of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris, Paul-André Fortier, Lar Lubovitch, Tere O’Connor, Molissa Fenley, and Doug Varone. She is artist-in-residence at Canada’s National Ballet School.
Clio Barnard is an installation artist and filmmaker whose works include The Arbor, Plotlands, Dark Glass, and Road Race.
Mary J. Breen writes fiction, memoir, essays, and drama, and she lives in Peterborough, Ontario, where she sometimes teaches memoir writing.
Anne Carson’s new translation of Sophokles’s Antingonick is out in May with M & S and New Directions, and her translation of Sophokles’s Elektra is being produced at the Stratford Festival this summer.
C. M. Cooper is a graduate of Concordia University’s M.A. Creative Writing program. Her work has appeared in the Headlight Anthology, New Fables, and Great Plains Quarterly. She is currently working on her first novel.
Patrick deWitt was born in British Columbia in 1975. He has written two novels, Ablutions: Notes for a Novel and The Sisters Brothers.
Stan Dragland lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His most recent book is a novel, The Drowned Lands, from Pedlar Press. Along with Jean McKay, he was the founder of Brick.
Artist/photographer Angela Grauerholz teaches at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her photographic work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally for over twenty years, and in 2010 the National Gallery of Canada mounted a major retrospective of her work.
Jim Harrison is a poet and novelist who appears with Gary Snyder in a documentary that you should see called Practice of the Wild (2010).
Mac Jamieson was a writer, teacher, musician, and co-creator of Applegarth Follies, a London, Ontario, publishing collective, which begat Brick, a journal of reviews, which begat the magazine you hold in your hands. Jamieson died earlier this year in Ottawa.
Amitava Kumar’s most recent book is A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb. He is a professor of English at Vassar College.
Tim Lilburn’s most recent book of poetry is Assiniboia. He teaches at the University of Victoria.
John McIntyre is the editor of Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps. He is at work on his first novel.
Lisa Moore’s works include Alligator and February, and she has recently adapted February for the stage. She has edited The Penguin Book of Canadian Women’s Short Stories, and co-edited Great Expectations: 24 True Stories about Childbirth. Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was a beloved poet, essayist, and feminist.
Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home, and three books of non-fiction, Mother Country, The Death of Adam, and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Stephen Ross, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oxford, co-edits the web-journal Wave Composition. He was formerly Brick’s intern-impresario.
Chiki Sarkar is the publisher of Penguin India.
T. Shanaathanan was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, in 1969. His exhibitions include Mismatches, Saskia Gallery, Colombo (2011); Non-Aligned, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo (2011); Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (2009–2010); The One year Drawing Project, Devi Foundation, India, and Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (2010).
Jaspreet Singh is a novelist, essayist, short story writer, and a former research scientist. His latest novel, Helium, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2013.
Rosemary Sullivan is the author of twelve books, including Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape, and a House in Marseille. She and her partner Juan Opitz just released the children’s book, Molito.
Colleen Thibaudeau (1925–2012) was a poet, short story writer, and, according to Stan Dragland, a “true original,” who lived in London, Ontario, with her husband, the poet James Reaney.
David Thomson is the author of the Biographical Dictionary of Film. He is the online film critic for the New Republic. His new book, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies and What They Did to Us, will be published in October.
Colm Tóibín’s collection of essays, New Ways to Kill Your Mother, will be released in North America in June.
Priscila Uppal is a poet, novelist, and professor. Her publications include Ontological Necessities, Traumatology, Successful Tragedies, and Winter Sport: Poems. “Opening Credits: Blade Runner” is excerpted from her memoir, which will be published by Thomas Allen in 2013.
Eleanor Wachtel has hosted CBC Radio’s Writers & Company since its inception in 1990. She is also the host of Wachtel on the Arts. Four books of her interviews have been published, including Random Illuminations and Original Minds.