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Creative Writer, Journalist & Editor Welcomed to Trent University as Margaret Laurence Fellow

Michael Lista to deliver public lecture and engage with Trent students

With two well-received collections of poems and a fearless collection of essays, Canadian investigative journalist, essayist and poet, Michael Lista, is being welcomed to Trent University as the 2017 Margaret Laurence fellow.

“We're delighted to have Michael Lista as the 2017 Margaret Laurence fellow. His experience in the Canadian cultural scene as a creative writer, journalist and multi-platform editor and publisher is reflective of Trent's interdisciplinary emphasis,” explains Dr. Lewis MacLeod, associate professor, English Literature at Trent University. “It's hard to think of anybody else who could speak to students in Journalism, Media Studies, English Literature and creative writing with the same expertise and authority.”  

As the 2017 Margaret Laurence Fellow, Mr. Lista will not only hold office hours, and interact with students throughout the week, but will also engage the Trent and Peterborough communities in a variety of free, public events, including:

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017: Public reading from his creative work in the Junior Common Room of Scott House at Traill College. Reading begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017: Public lecture beginning at 7:00 p.m.in Bagnani Hall at Traill College. Mr. Lista will be speaking on “Outside the Whale: Truth, Literature and the Left in the Age of Trump”

Mr. Lista has worked as a book columnist for The National Post, and as the poetry editor of The Walrus. He is the author of three books: the poetry volumes Bloom and The Scarborough, and Strike Anywhere, a collection of his writing about literature, television and culture. His essays and investigative stories have appeared in The AtlanticSlateToronto LifeThe WalrusCanadaland, and elsewhere. 

Posted on February 7, 2017

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