Featured writer: Chantal Gibson
In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, I'm featuring a BIPOC writer for every day of February. And as a special treat for subscribers to my newsletter, every week one lucky winner will win a copy of a book from each of that week's seven featured writers. Winners will be announced right here on the blog, starting this Saturday night. Not a subscriber yet? Scroll to the bottom of this page, and sign up!
We start a new week with writer and artist Chantal Gibson. A professor at Simon Fraser University, Chantal is the award-winning author of HOW SHE READ and an acclaimed visual artist, who often explores the overlap between art and the written word. If you live near Vancouver, BC, you can see her portraiture right now, in collaboration with Otoniya J. Otok Bitek's poetry, in the form of an exhibition titled un/settled, and currently featured on the corner of Hastings and Richards downtown. As with all of Chantal Gibson's art, the imagery is striking and vivid, and remains in the memory, celebratory and thought-provoking long after you've walked away. I love her art, and can't wait to read this book of poetry.
Thoughtful, sassy, reflective and irreverent, and deemed 'TNT' by Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, HOW SHE READ debuted to tremendous acclaim, winning the BC & Yukon Book Prize and shortlisting and winning several others.
You can win a copy of HOW SHE READ in this week's draw, the second of four this month. I'll pick a name from my newsletter subscribers, and, as with this week's selection, the draw will include Chantal's book along with six other featured authors. Make sure you're signed up at kcdyer.com and watch for new feature writers every day in February!