Canisia Lubrin: “Voodoo Hypothesis”


The University of Guelph’s Creative Writing program recently featured their alumna, St. Lucian writer Canisia Lubrin, and her first collection of poetry, Voodoo Hypothesis, in their First Books column. Which was published this past fall and is available from Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books imprint. Here are some of her upcoming events in Canada:

January 30 @ Shab-e She’r Reading Series, Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, Toronto [6:30pm]

February 28 @ Creative Writers Reading Series, York University, Toronto [1:30pm]

March 2-3 @ Talking Fresh Conference, Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Regina

Below, see her assessment on her favorite debut reads (from First Books, University of Guelph’s MFA Program): Recent first books of poems have left indelible impressions: Safiya Sinclair‘s Cannibal, Kilby Smith-McGregor’s Kids in Triage, Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Phoebe Wang’s Admission Requirements.

One of the most impressive debuts of recent reading for me comes in the compassionate anger of Vladimir Lucien‘s Sounding Ground, a book full of intelligent, colloquial, punny, witty, memorable reflections on the personal, psychosocial and historical soundscape of the poet’s homeland of St. Lucia and its regional ‘commonwealth.’ If you invite a first book to a party and hope that it comes with an awareness of a Caribbean beyond over-simple curio or colonial utility, and if you want that book to give you a new sense of what you already thought familiar, Sounding Ground just might be that book.”

Canisia Lubrin was born in St. Lucia. She has had work published in literary journals including RoomThe PuritanThis MagazineArcCV2 and The City Series #3: Toronto Anthology. She has been an arts administrator and community advocate for close to two decades. Lubrin has contributed to the podcast On the Line, hosted by Kate Sutherland for The Rusty Toque. She studied at York University where she won the President’s Prize in poetry and the Sylvia Ellen Hirsch Memorial Award in creative writing. Lubrin holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and teaches at Humber College. She lives in Whitby, Ontario.

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