SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

August 19, 2015 10:30 ET

University of Calgary welcomes newest Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Nick Thran the latest author in the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - August 19, 2015) - The last time Nick Thran lived in Calgary he worked at a pizza place and lived in his aunt's basement. His next stint in Calgary promises to be very different. Thran has been named the 2015-2016 Canadian Writer-in-Residence for the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary.

Since trading in pizza for poetry, Thran has published three collections of poems and has received numerous accolades and awards for his work. His most recent work, Mayor Snow, will be released this fall. His last collection of poetry, Earworm, won the 2012 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His first collection, Every Inadequate Name, was a finalist for the 2007 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

"I've always really been interested in poetry and it's all I wanted to write but then I took some classes with some really good essay writers and people who sort of leap genres," says Thran. "It's a relatively new phenomenon for me to be writing anything else but poetry."

During his residency, Thran will indulge his newfound interest and primarily work on a collection of essays, however he is also planning to write a number of new poems.

"I'm more restless than I've ever been with writing and so I am really excited about coming to Calgary and having a year to sit down and dive in and examine that restlessness a little bit," says Thran. "I want to produce a different sort of texture or edge."

Born in Prince George, B.C., Thran has lived and worked in a variety of cities across Canada, as well as in the United States and Spain. In 2011, he received an MFA from New York University, where he was a Goldwater Teaching Fellow. He currently works as a poetry editor for Brick Books, and lives with his wife and daughter in Montreal.

His latest collection of poems is comprised of three sections: narrative poems about working under the shadow of Canadian poet Al Purdy at his A-frame in Ameliasburgh, an abstract sequence of poems about municipal and federal corruption and poems about old jobs, paintings and relationships.

"I am completely new and open poem-wise, the door is wide open. I am looking forward to being inspired by the work that's going on in Calgary," says Thran.

Since its inception in 1993, the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program has striven to advance the careers of Canadian writers, invigorate the Calgary writing community, and enhance the activities of the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English at the University of Calgary. The program achieves its objectives through two annual residency programs: one for an emerging Canadian writer, and one for a distinguished writer of international stature.

Thran will read alongside outgoing Writer-in-Residence Ian Williams 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Arrata Opera Centre as part of the CDWP's annual Hello/Goodbye event. Members of the public can book a free manuscript consultation with Thran here.

About the University of Calgary
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    Caitlynn Bailey-Cummings
    Creative Writing Program Specialist, Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
    Faculty of Arts
    University of Calgary