Word Up – online, March 2022

Writers and Research Panel

Whether writing a historical fiction or no-fiction, a writer has to research. Do the same rules apply to non-fiction as to novelists or short story writers? Does the process differ if you’re writing a play? We’ll talk to experienced authors to learn how the organize their research, and where and who they find their answers from.

George Elliott Clarke

The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke has also taught at Duke, McGill, UBC, and Harvard. His recognitions include the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Fellowship (US), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and International Fellow Poet of the Year, Encyclopedic Poetry School 2019. His acclaimed titles include Whylah Falls (1990, translated into Chinese), Beatrice Chancy (1999, translated into Italian), Execution Poems (2001), Blues and Bliss (selected poems, 2009), I & I (2008), Illicit Sonnets (U.K., 2013), Traverse (2015), and Canticles II (MMXX) (2020).

Learn more about him here: https://www.georgeelliottclarke.net/

Leah Holder

Leah is a Toronto-based theatre artist, working predominantly as an actor, director/ dramaturg, and educator. As a director/ dramaturg she predominantly works in the creation of new work, and also has a wealth of experience in site-specific and found space pieces. She directed The Cenotaph Project and We Must Have More Men, for Theatre by the Bay in Barrie, both of which relied heavily on research to tell the stories of Barrie and the World Wars.

As an actor she has been featured in work with Theatre By The Bay, Notable Acts Theatre Festival, Thought for Food, Single Thread, Soup Can, as well as several notable commercials. As an educator she teaches workshops on dialect and voice, and is also an Artist Educator at Young People’s Theatre. She is the playwright and lead actor of the sold-out production of Mary of Shanty Bay. Leah gravitates toward historical stories, often centering around women’s lives and experience, and particularly loves local history. She is the winner of an RBC Emerging Artist Grant (TBTB 2016), is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School, and is originally from New Brunswick.

See more at www.leahkholder.com

Clint Lovell

Clint is a History teacher and the author of The Boys From Barrie, Regret to Inform You and Europe Between the Superpowers 1945 toward the Present. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History for his work in engaging students with veterans and “experiential learning” in researching, writing, and publishing history. Clint is featured in two Edward R. Murrow Award winning documentaries as well as CBC radio and CTV television programs. He has taught high school in Barrie and internationally. He has an MA in History and is graduate of the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem as well as course tours with the Juno Beach Centre and Toronto Alpha (meeting and seeking justice for former Comfort Women in China and Korea).

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