UPDATE: EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY
Award-winning poet and author Joseph Dandurand will deliver a reading at the Comox Valley Art Gallery | 580 Duncan Avenue, Courtenay, BC | All are welcome to this free public event!
“I want to create stories and images and connections. I write to show just a little of what is truly inside my head… which is sometimes terrifying”
– Joseph Dandurand quote from an interview in the digital magazine Stir, April 2021.
Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation, located on the Fraser River near Vancouver. He is the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Centre, artistic director of the Vancouver Poetry House and is also the Heritage/Lands Officer for his people. Joseph received a diploma of Performing Arts from Algonquin College of Ottawa and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. His literary accomplishments include production of plays and authorship of radio scripts, children’s books, and poetry.
In 2019 Joseph was the Indigenous Storyteller in Residence at Vancouver Public Library.
His poetry collection The East Side of It All was shortlisted for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize.
In 2021, he received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.
In 2022, he was the winner of the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize.
Image: courtesy of Joseph Dandurand