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Canadian writer Michael Turner will be helping SFU students with their creative writing this semester and next.

Writer Turner takes up residence

October 22, 2009

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Michael Turner, award-winning writer, art critic and curator, has been named the Ellen and Warren Tallman writer-in-residence in the English department for the fall and spring semesters.

Turner has just published the novel 8 x 10 (Doubleday Canada 2009) and is working on another called Else and a new poetry collection entitled 9 x 11, which focuses on the changes in his East Vancouver neighbourhood.

His other works include Company Town (Arsenal Pulp, 1991), Hard Core Logo (Arsenal Pulp, 1993), Kingsway (Arsenal Pulp, 1995), American Whiskey Bar (Arsenal Pulp, 1997) and The Pornographer’s Poem (Doubleday Canada, 1999), which received the 2000 Ethel Wilson B.C. Book Prize for Fiction.

During his time at SFU, Turner will focus on both his own writing and engage in a series of activities and events, including mentoring SFU students and speaking to classes that are teaching his work.

"I’m trying to encourage students to take different approaches to writing," says Turner, "and lead them to what they don’t know as opposed to what they’ve done."

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