Writers Trust Faculty Open Readings

Images courtesy Sue Goyette and Lawrence Hill, Writers Trust Summer Residency, Banff Centre

Join us for readings by our award-winning faculty for the Writers Trust summer program Sue Goyette and Lawrence Hill.

Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction. His third novel, The Book of Negroes, has been published around the world and won numerous accolades, including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and CBC Canada Reads. He delivered the 2013 Massey Lectures based on his book Blood: The Stuff of Life. Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph and lives in Hamilton.

Sue Goyette has published a novel and seven collections of poetry, including Ocean, which won the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, and the ReLit Award. In 2020, she was appointed the city of Halifax’s eighth poet laureate. Goyette teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University and lives in Halifax.

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Sue Goyette


SUE GOYETTE lives in K'jipuktuk (Halifax). She has published a novel and eight collections of poetry, including Ocean (winner of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and finalist for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize), The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl, Penelope and Anthesis. Her latest collection, Monoculture: monologues is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in spring 2022. Goyette is the editor of the 2014 Best of Canadian Poetry Anthology, the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, and Resistance, (University of Regina Press, May 2021). Her work has been translated into German, French and Spanish and has won the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the Earle Birney Award, The Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Pat Lowther Award, The Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award, the ReLit Award, the 2016, 2014 and 2012 J.M. Abraham Poetry Awards and a National Magazine Award. Sue teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University and is the current Poet Laureate of HRM.

Lawrence Hill


Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books, including The Illegal and The Book of Negroes, winner of various awards including The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. Hill delivered the 2013 Massey Lectures, based on his non-fiction book Blood: The Stuff of Life. He co-wrote the adaptation for the six-part television miniseries The Book of Negroes. He is currently writing new novel, as well as a screenplay adaptation of The Illegal for Conquering Lion Pictures. He volunteers with Crossroads International, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society and Project Bookmark Canada, and lives with his family in Hamilton, ON and in Woody Point, NL.

Lawrence Hill a publié dix livres, dont The Illegal et The Book of Negroes. Il a gagné de nombreux prix d’excellence, comme The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize et le prix Canada Reads de CBC. Il a présenté les conférences Massey en 2013 sur son ouvrage documentaire intitulé Blood: The Stuff of Life. Il a aussi corédigé une adaptation de The Book of Negroes pour une minisérie télévisée en six parties. Il rédige maintenant un nouveau roman ainsi qu’une adaptation de The Illegal pour le scénario d’un film de Conquering Lion Pictures. Il fait également du bénévolat pour Carrefour International, pour la Black Loyalist Heritage Society et pour Project Bookmark Canada. Il vit à Hamilton (ON) avec sa famille et à Woody Point (NL).