Thirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit burns fiercely in its righteous fury at the unbridled misogyny, homophobia and racism that is quietly condoned in our literary community. Here, critical bigotry becomes a tool of analysis, a text in which the poet romps and riffs, deconstructs and decodes, simultaneously mocking those who install themselves as gatekeepers of the literary canon, while inviting them to reconsider what they might be missing by adherence to flawed ideologies.
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Rachel Rose is a dual American/Canadian citizen whose work has appeared in various journals in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Japan, including Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Best American Poetry, as well as numerous anthologies. Her most recent book, Song & Spectacle (2012) won the Audre Lorde Poetry Award in the U.S. and the Pat Lowther Award in Canada. She was the librettist for When The Sun Comes Out, Canada s first lesbian opera, which grappled with fundamentalism and forbidden love. The opera premiered in Vancouver in 2013 and in Toronto in 2014. She is the winner of the Peterson Memorial Prize for poetry and the Bronwen Wallace award for fiction, and the recipient of a 2014 Pushcart Prize, and two nominations for a Pushcart 2015. She is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver for 2014-2017.
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