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For over 20 years, the Writers Read series has brought a wide range of local and international poets and authors to Concordia for public readings and master classes.

The series is committed to innovative and provocative programming that offers an engaging audience experience.


Sina Queyras

Sina Queyras (they/them) is the author of the poetry collections, MxT, Expressway and Lemon Hound. Their work has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and won The Friends of Poetry Award from Poetry Magazine, The AM Klein Award for Poetry, a Lambda, the Pat Lowther Award, a Pushcart Prize and Gold in the National Magazine Award. Their first novel, Autobiography of Childhood was nominated for the First Novel Award. In 2005, they edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. They are founding editor of Lemon Hound. They have taught Creative Writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where they currently reside.

Interim Director


Stephanie Bolster (she/her) has published four books of poetry, the most recent of which, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award. Work from her current manuscript, Long Exposure, was a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012 and 2019. Her first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General’s and the Gerald Lampert Awards in 1998 and was translated into French (Pierre Blanche). Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems by the late Ottawa poet Diana Brebner, and co-editor of Penned: Zoo Poems, she was born in Vancouver and grew up in Burnaby. She lives in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, located on the Mohawk (Kanien’kehá:ka) territory of Skaniatara:ti.


Laura Mota

Laura Mota (she/her) is a Brazilian writer, portrait photographer, and shameless experimentalist in other mediums based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal.

She is pursuing a BA in Creative Writing at Concordia University.

Her poetry has been published in High ShelfSoliloquies AnthologyDreamers Magazine, and elsewhere.

Emily Zuberec (she/her) is a poet in the first year of her master's in Creative Writing. Outside of school, she is the managing editor of Commo Magazine.

Upcoming events

Past events

Zooming in interview series

We asked alumni of the Department of English and Writers Read to share a photo of the space where they’re thinking, reading, and writing, and to answer a few questions about how the pandemic has affected their writing practice.

Pop-up Reading video series

The Pop-up Reading series invites the public to submit videos of themselves reading a poem — either an original or a favourite.

To participate, contact us on Instagram.

Chemar Ali-Hasham reads Driving North by Sue Sinclair
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