Sina Queyras

if you open your mouth, ache.

Montreal: Writers’ Paradise

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“The scene is increasingly diverse,” observed Queyras, director of Writers Read, a Concordia University series that invites established and emerging writers from Canada and abroad to give public readings as well as master’s classes.

“There are more readings at bookstores like Drawn & Quarterly and Argo, and at galleries like VAV and Phi Centre. There are new literary undertakings such as Metatron Press and, of course, more reading series here at Concordia. When I first arrived in Montreal around 2008, it seemed the only literary scene was around a table full of beer.”

To Queyras’s mind, “a healthy writing community has a lot of different scenes, not exclusive or divisive scenes, but distinct ones, with a lot of crossover.”

Writer and teacher Sina Queyras talks with students during a creative writing class at Concordia University, in Montreal, Monday, April 13, 2015.
Writer and teacher Sina Queyras talks with students during a creative writing class at Concordia University.

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