Let's talk about writers and writing, right here in Sin City. Before we were the Motor City, one of the nicknames we were known by was "Sin City." Maybe that's why we've got so many great stories to tell. Our Windsor-Detroit region is full of inspiring poetry, first rate fiction, outstanding non-fiction, amazing writers, and exciting publishers. At All Write in Sin City, we aim to bring them to you. Check out our shows here, or take a listen wherever you listen to podcasts.
Truth Trumps Fiction, with Will Toffan
A retired history teacher and veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, William Toffan lives in Windsor, Ontario, with his wife, Laura, and children Lauren, Heidi, Oksana, and Heather. Published by Biblioasis in the fall of 2020, his first book is Watching the Devil Dance: How a Spree Killer Slipped through the Cracks of the Criminal Justice System.
We Hope for Better Things with Erin Bartels
Erin Bartels is the award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things, a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, 2020 WFWA Star Award–winner, and a 2019 Christy Award finalist. Other books include The Words between Us, a 2020 Christy Award finalist and 2015 WFWA Rising Star Award–winner, and All That We Carried, released in January 2021. Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. Her poems have been published by The Lyric and The East Lansing Poetry Attack.
Attached to the Earth: A Conversation with Margaret Christakos
Margaret Christakos is a widely published award-winning poet, fiction author, critic, and creative writing instructor. Her work has won the ReLit Award for Poetry and the Bliss Carman Award, has been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award twice, and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. She was appointed Canada Council Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor in 2004–2005, served as Canada Council Writer in Residence at Western University in 2016–2017 and at the University of Alberta in 2017–2018, and as Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor at University of Toronto (2018–2019). Her recent publications include Charger, a poetry collection published by Talon Books (2020) and an intergenre memoir, Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies, published by Book*hug (2016). In 2017, Wilfrid Laurier University Press published Space Between Her Lips: The Poetry of Margaret Christakos. Her most recent collection is Dear Birch, published by Palimpsest Press in 2021. Margaret Christakos will be appearing virtually at BookFest Windsor in October 2021.
Margaret Christakos - Palimpsest Press
The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers with Marcello Di Cintio
Marcello Di Cintio is the author of five books. Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book. Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey into the Heart of Iran won the Wilfred Eggleston Prize for Best Nonfiction at the Alberta Book Awards. Walls: Travels Along the Barricades and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense were both winners of the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, with the former winning the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. (Shaughnessy Cohen, for those who don’t know, was a remarkable Member of Parliament from Windsor.) His magazine writing has appeared in appeared in publications such as The International New York Times, The Walrus, EnRoute, Geist, Canadian Geographic, and Afar. Di Cintio has served as a writer-in-residence at the Calgary Public Library, the University of Calgary, and the Palestine Writing Workshop, and he teaches nonfiction writing at the annual WordsWorth youth writing residency. Marcello DiCintio’s latest book is Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers, published by Biblioasis in 2021. He will be appearing virtually at BookFest Windsor in October 2021.
Uncle: Race and Nostalgia with Cheryl Thompson
Cheryl Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the School of Creative Industries. She is author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture. She previously held a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her work has appeared in The Conversation, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Spacing, Herizons Magazine, Halifax Coast, and Rabble.ca. She was born and raised in Toronto, where she currently resides. She has also lived in the United States and in Windsor, Ontario. Her most recent book is Uncle: Race, Nostalgia, and the Politics Of Loyalty.
Bronwen Wallace award winner: Alexa Winik
Alexa Winik is a Canadian poet and writer from Windsor, Ontario. She was awarded the 2020 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in various journals. She holds an MLitt in Women, Writing, and Gender and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews. Winik has also served as poetry editor for the online literary journal The Scores. In 2019, she was the poet-in-residence with the At Sea Residency in Margate, England, as well as a finalist of Mid-American Review's James Wright Poetry Award.Close River by Alexa Winik was the winner of the Magma Open Pamphlet Competition in 2020 Alexa has recently returned to Windsor from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Fascinating (and fun) for book lovers!
Irene, Susan, and Kim, the hosts, are true literary heroines - a you can tell they’re genuine book lovers. It’s so fun hearing them chat with writers and poets of all genres. Fascinating conversations I guarantee are worth your time!