Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Introducing myself

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Before we start this month long journey together, I would like to thank Open Book Toronto for providing this platform. Some of the things that I will say this month will be a tad controversial and it is important that even though Open Book has given me this platform, these opinions are strictly mine, and mine alone.

Secondly, It is only fair that while I am Writer in Residence that I give people the opportunity to get my opinion/assistance on their writing. So that I can get to everyone please keep submissions to a page. I prefer old fashion .doc files, or copy and paste what you have into the body of your email, and have “Writer in Residence” somewhere in the title of your email.

If you have great questions about writing send them here, or on twitter (@danejharas) and I will answer as many as I can. I do not want this month to be a huge ego stroke. Many of you are established writers, or, emerging writers of all ages – I have some things to get off my chest, and you guys deserve the opportunity to grow as writers while I do so.

It is Black History Month, and I am Black, however, even though there is an extensive history of black intellectuals and writers in Canada, and there is very few acknowledgements of their achievements, I am more interested in the current trends of Black Canadian Literature in this residency. Instead, I implore you to research Canada's exceptional Black history.

Some of these “blogs” will be multiple segments and read more like a draft of an academic thesis (with the occasional joke thrown in to keep things light), others will be brief and lighthearted. Hopefully, these posts can be a jumping off point to important conversations.

Finally, my personal belief is that writers should entertain, educate, horrify, expand and move forward. Please keep that in mind while reading my posts.

Dane Swan

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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Dane Swan

Dane Swan is a Bermuda-raised, Toronto-based internationally published poet, writer and musician. His first collection, Bending the Continuum was launched by Guernica Editions in the Spring of 2011.

Go to Dane Swan’s Author Page