Laurier has a tradition of inviting noteworthy Canadian writers to engage with our institutional and local communities as public intellectuals during an intensive one-week visiting writer residency.
The goal of this immersive experience is for visiting writers to share their knowledge and creativity, while fostering dialogue with students, faculty, staff, and the public about a current social question. Their presence will be instructive to communities both within and outside the university, acting as a bridge between them.
During their stay, visiting writers will meet with students, classes or reading groups, offer workshops in their areas of expertise, deliver public talks or engage in other community events. A hallmark of the initiative is a public reading or lecture. During which, the visiting writer draws on some of the significant themes or contexts that broadly positions their writing.
The university will work with visiting writers to determine which activities are best aligned with the goals of the residency. These initiatives may include any of the following.
(Waterloo and Brantford campuses, Kitchener location)
Bidini's work spans a range of areas, notably Canadian sports and sport culture, his experiences as musician as the founding member of the band The Rheostatics, and most recently, time spent in Yellowknife as a guest newspaper columnist. Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for Canada's Gemini, Genie, and Juno awards, as well as CBC's "Canada Reads" competition. He is a three-time National magazine award-winner, National Post journalist, and is currently the publisher of the West End Phoenix community newspaper in Toronto.
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