Souvankham Thammavongsa Reads for Poetry Month (WFNS Writers' Panels)

Shauntay Grant and Heather Jessup, faculty members in Dal's Creative Writing program, invite you to join them on April 13, 4pm, in celebrating National Poetry Month with Souvankham Thammavongsa, this year’s Giller Prize winner for her short story collection How To Pronounce Knife, will share her poetry with us in a virtual reading. While recently recognized for her fiction, Souvankham has written four acclaimed books of poetry, including Cluster, Found, Light (which won the 2013 Trillium Book Award for poetry), and Small Arguments (which won the ReLit Award). She will be welcomed by Halifax Poet Laureate Sue Goyette, and the reading will be followed by a brief Question and Answer session.

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of four acclaimed poetry books and the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife, winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller prize, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and PEN/America Open Book Award, out now with McClelland & Stewart (Canada), Little, Brown (U.S.), and Bloomsbury (U.K.), available in French, and with foreign rights sold in China, Korea, and Turkey. Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Granta, and NOON. Thammavongsa is a judge for the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize. She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand and was raised and educated in Toronto.


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