Open Word with Sarah de Leeuw
Through muscled prose and vivid poetry, writer, researcher, and geographer Sarah de Leeuw focuses in on the connections between land and people. Combining her work studying marginalized peoples’ health with the literary arts, de Leeuw’s writing in both poetry and prose is interdisciplinary, vital, and cuts close to the bone.
De Leeuw will read from her latest book of essays, Where It Hurts, as part of Open Word: Readings and Ideas on Tuesday 20 February at 7:30 p.m. The reading will be followed by a conversation with local writer and geographer Maleea Acker.
Having grown up on Vancouver Island and in Haida Gwaii, de Leeuw has made a name for herself as a writer intimately connected to the coast and to northern B.C. Her first book of poetry, Geographies of a Lover, won the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for the best book of poetry in British Columbia that year. Her book of poetry Skeena follows the river of that name as it flows through a multiplicity of voices, texts, and histories. De Leeuw’s latest work, Where it Hurts (published 2017) was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She is also the writer of over 100 journal articles and chapters.
Other chances to see Sarah de Leeuw include…
UVic Writing talks:
Tues 20 Feb, 12:30 pm, Human & Social Development
Wed 21 Feb, 1:30 pm, Fine Arts room 209
Thurs 22 Feb, 2:30 pm, MacLaurin D116
UVic Geography talk:
Fri 23 Feb, 2:30 pm, David Turpin B215
Sarah de Leeuw holds a Ph.D. in historical-cultural geography and is currently an Associate Professor with the Northern Medical Program at UNBC, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She divides her time between Prince George and Kelowna.
This Open Word event is a partnership between Open Space, the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing and the University of Victoria’s Department of Geography. It is made possible through The Orion Series in Fine Arts.