A Talk from the Bottom of the Box: Reflections of an Award-winning Poet for Youth
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
The Dodson Room, Room 302, Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, University of British Columbia
JonArno Lawson, one of Canada’s most noted poets for children and young adults, will discuss his creative and publishing process and read from his books. Lawson is the author of books for all ages, from collections of poetry for teens to single-poem picture books and non-fiction.
His most recent books are Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box and Enjoy it While it Hurts. In 2013 he won the PRISM non-fiction award for a piece he wrote called Horse Camp.
He is a two-time winner of the prestigious award for children’s poetry, The Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. The 2009 jury stated that his award-winning A Voweller’s Bestiary, From Aardvark to Guineafowl (And H) is “not just this year’s best book of children’s poetry, it is one of the year’s best books of poetry period.”
The 2007 jury stated that Lawson’s Black Stars in a White Night Sky is a “beautifully designed book filled with well-crafted poems…. Lawson is in a class by himself.”
Lawson’s young adult poetry collection, Think Again was shortlisted for the 2011 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award.
Lawson has taught children’s poetry in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program at Simmons College, Boston, and gives workshops for children and adults.
The colloquium is sponsored by the UBC Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program, a multidisciplinary degree Program offered by the Creative Writing Program, the English Department, and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts; and the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education.