Honolulu courthouse, 1982
Brick 91
Summer 2012

Contributor Biographies for Brick 90

Dionne Brand is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She teaches in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

Grant Buday has published nine books, most recently the memoir Stranger on a Strange Island: From Main Street to Mayne Island.

Teju Cole is a photographer and writer. His novel, Open City, was published last year.

Aaron Gilbreath has written essays for Kenyon Review, the New York Times, Paris Review, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, and Hotel Amerika, and articles for the Oxford American, Yeti, and The Awl. He’s working on a book of first-person travel writing set in Canada.

Laurie D Graham is a writer, reviewer, editor, and teacher living in Toronto. Her first poetry collection, Field, will be out with Hagios Press next fall.

Robert Hass’s most recent books are What Light Can Do, a volume of essays, and The Apple Trees at Olema, selected poems. He teaches literature at the University of California at Berkeley.

Jim Harrison’s most recent collection of poetry is Songs of Unreason, published by Copper Canyon Press.

Mathew Henderson is from Prince Edward Island and writes about the prairies. His first collection of poetry, The Lease, is published by Coach House Books.

Naomi Jaffa is director of The Poetry Trust, which organizes the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival—the U.K.’s leading annual celebration of international contemporary poetry—and associated activities, including The Poetry Paper and The Poetry Channel. She has published a chapbook, The Last Hour of Sleep.

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. She is the author of the book of personal essays Papeles falsos, and the novel Faces in the Crowd, which has been translated into multiple languages. She has written librettos for the New York City Ballet, and her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Granta, and Internazionale.

Christina MacSweeney’s translation of Valeria Luiselli’s novel Faces in the Crowd was published by Granta in May 2012. She is now working on Luiselli’s collection of essays, Sidewalks, also to be published by Granta.

Anne McLean translates Latin American and Spanish novels, short stories, memoirs, and other writings by a number of authors, including Julio Cortázar, Héctor Abad, Javier Cercas, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, and Enrique Vila-Matas.

Jocelyn Parr’s writing has appeared in Matrix MagazineLe Panoptique, and Grain. She lives in Perpignan in the south of France.

Craig Proctor is the former poetry editor of Shard. His work has appeared in Brick 62, Barbitos, B&A, Ipse Dixit, and various film festivals.

Christine Pountney’s third novel, Sweet Jesus, is out with McClelland & Stewart this fall.

Alex Pugsley is a filmmaker and writer originally from Nova Scotia. He is the co-author of the novel Kay Darling, and his fiction has appeared in diverse periodicals. Recently he co-created the series Baxter for the Family Channel.

Dennis Reid has been teaching part-time at the University of Toronto since 1978, where he currently is Professor, History of Art. He was a curator at the National Gallery of Canada from 1967 to 1979, and then at the Art Gallery of Ontario until 2010.

Leon Rooke’s new short story collection, Wide World in Celebration and Sorrow, was published this October.

Linda Spalding is an editor of Brick and the author of a new novel, The Purchase, published by McClelland & Stewart.

Colm Toíbín’s latest collection of essays is New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families. His novel, The Testament of Mary, has just been published by Scribner.

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, was published this October.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1973. He is the author of the novels The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, and The Sound of Things Falling, and has translated works by Victor Hugo and E. M. Forster, among others, into Spanish. His work is published in fifteen languages.

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.

Joshua Weiner’s new book of poems, The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish, will be published by University of Chicago Press in spring 2013. He teaches at the University of Maryland and lives with his family in Washington, D.C.

David Wistow is interested in exploring new ways to engage the public with the visual arts. Over his thirty years at the Art Gallery of Ontario, he has experimented with a range of innovative exhibitions, installations, publications, and documentaries to enrich visitor experiences. David is also a best-selling children’s author.