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How Do We Support Our Alumni? Let Us Count the Ways

Lauren B Davis is an alumna of the creative writing school – she was with us years ago and she has published several books since then.



But we never forget. When she had a Toronto book launch this spring, I went down to cheer her on and to buy books.


In other spring news, more creative writing alumni have been publishing widely as well. New titles came from Ania Szado, Studio St.-Ex, previously mentioned Cathy Marie Buchanan with Painted Girls, and finally Elizabeth Ruth, with Matadora.


First-time published alumni in the spring of 2013 numbered eight.


It’s been a busy spring for book launches, and it ends, in a way, with an annual literary event unrelated to Humber, namely the Griffin Poetry Prize reading, which I attended in beautiful Koerner Hall.


This is a poetry reading like no other in Canada, with a massive hall filled completely. A who’s who of literary types attended, from Louise Dennys of Random House, Ellen Seligman of McClelland and Stewart, Janice Zawerbny of Anansi, and Alana Wilcox of Coach House. There were authors aplenty as well, notably including Michael Ondaatje  and Margaret Atwood.


Most people read little poetry, but when the best of Canada and the world are brought together, you have to wonder why. Hundreds of rapt people listened attentively, sighing, laughing, or applauding in unison. I’ll be buying some poetry books today.


If you miss poetry but never find the time to follow it, you could do worse than to attend the Griffins each year.