with Anita Lahey
Memory. Reflection. Craft. Fellow writers. Beloved books.
We imagine memoir writers undertaking brave, solitary excursions into personal history. In some ways, they do. But few worthwhile books emerge fully formed from hidden garrets. The five “companions” listed above proved essential to Anita Lahey as, over many years, she wrote and rewrote The Last Goldfish: A True Tale of Friendship. In this session, she’ll discuss elements of self, craft, and community that go into transforming one’s own potent experience into a story that will resonate with readers.
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ANITA LAHEY’s latest book is The Last Goldfish: a True Tale of Friendship (Biblioasis, 2020). She’s also author of the Véhicule Press poetry collections Out to Dry in Cape Breton and Spinning Side Kick, and the prose collection The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture (Palimpsest, 2013). Anita is a past editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and has served as series editor of the annual anthology Best Canadian Poetry since 2018, and prior to that was BCP’s assistant series editor since 2014. She lives in Ottawa, on unceded Alongonquin, Anishinabek territory.