Stan Dragland, poet, acclaimed man of letters, and author of the new book Strangers and Others: Newfoundland Essays, will be in an intense and insightful conversation with Toronto Poet laureate emeritus Dennis Lee, who claims that Dragland is "our finest reader/critic." Adding a lighter touch is comic genius Andy Jones.
A new and exquisite volume of critical essays by Stan Dragland, one of Canada's best essayists, Strangers and Others: Newfoundland Essays is a collection of Dragland's writings on Newfoundland subjects, literary and otherwise. (Novelists Paul Bowdring and Lisa Moore, poet Agnes Walsh…) He has approached the material from the perspective of an inside/outsider in Newfoundland: a resident of Newfoundland originally from elsewhere who nevertheless finds the figure of the stranger inscribed in much Newfoundland art.
Stan Dragland is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, The University of Western Ontario. He was founder of Brick Magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Among his books are Wilson MacDonald's Western Tour (critical collage), Journeys Through Bookland and Other Passages (fiction and non-fiction), The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in English Canadian Writing, Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (criticism), Apocrypha: Further Journeys (non-fiction), Stormy Weather: Foursomes (prose poems) and The Drowned Lands (novel). He lives in St. John's, NL.
Dennis Lee is Toronto's first poet laureate, song lyricist for Fraggle Rock, and author of such beloved collections as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, The Ice Cream Store, Bubblegum Delicious and Jelly Belly, as well as an acclaimed poet and editor of works for adults. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work. His poetry is anthologized and loved around the world.