Memoir as poetry

Sharon Thesen (l.) collaborated with wig-maker Janet Gallant to write a long poem about Gallant’s life after her mother left her with an abusive father at age three and later finding out she was bi-racial. FULL STORY

Doretta Lau at Kogawa House

September 05th, 2019

With an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, Doretta Lau lives in both Vancouver and Hong Kong, while contributing to Artform, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia and Bazaar Art. Her stories have appeared in Grain, Event and subTerrain, among others. For B.C. BookWorld, Cherie Thiessen favourably reviewed her first fiction collection, How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood $19.95), shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and named by The Atlantic as one of the best books of 2014. See ABCBookWorld for review. While in residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House, she will be writing a comic novel about a dysfunctional workplace called We Are Underlings and a collection of poetry about grief. Lau will also participate in public workshops. Historic Joy Kogawa House is located at 1450 West 64th Avenue.

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