Sina Queyras

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Montreal: Writers’ Paradise

“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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Talking with Mark Medley

 May 6, 2014 7:00 AM ET

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It should come as no surprise that Queyras is critical of her own work, considering that, despite her insistence that she’s “not really a critic,” she has evolved into one of the country’s loudest critical voices, with a platform to match. Although describes herself as an “extremely lone wolf,” Queyras remains one of one the most visible figures in Canadian poetry and “an indispensable presence in North American poetry,” according to an email from Don Share, editor of the influential journal, Poetry.

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