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Worker Writers and the Poetics of Labour

If you gave a worker a pen, what would they write? What stories would they tell, and what experiences might they share? Hear poetry about what it is to work in the 21st century directly from participants of the Worker Writers School at this free public poetry reading.

For the past 15 years, Mark Nowak has directed the Worker Writers School, offering free creative writing workshops to workers with no writing experience across the United States and the world. The school creates space for participants to re-imagine their working lives, it nurtures new literary voices from the global working class, all to produce new tactics and imagine new futures for working class social change. Don't miss this free public reading!

This event is free and no registration is required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. 

If you are interested in participating in the two-day writing workshop, please fill out this survey. A very limited number of spots are available.

Participants would be expected to participate in two workshops: Saturday March 3, 1-4pm; and Sunday March 4, 1-3pm; PLUS the public reading Sunday March 4, 3:30-5pm.

A $50 honourarium will be provided to those who participate the whole weekend.


March 04, 2018 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



Vancouver Public Library
350 W Georgia St., Vancouver
Alice MacKay Room


Mark Nowak

is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times  “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.”

He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015) and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs the Worker Writers School, in collaboration with PEN America and the Worker Justice Center of New York.


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