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Diaspora Dialogues' 2011 Writers and Mentors

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From our friends at Diaspora Dialogues:

Diaspora Dialogues is excited to present its newest group of writers and mentors. Each year, over one hundred writers of short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry from across the Greater Toronto Area apply to Diaspora Dialogues' mentorship/publishing program, which is unique in the city for the learning and performance opportunities it provides to emerging creative writers.

This year, twenty up-and-coming culturally diverse writers were selected. All writers will be assigned — free of charge — to an established writer in a mentorship capacity; they will receive feedback via correspondence on their work from some of the country's most acclaimed writers. This year's mentors are Andrew Pyper, Moez Surani, Ibi Kaslik, Margaret Christakos and Olive Senior.

Writers will also have the opportunity to read their work in Diaspora Dialogues' popular performance series, which takes place across the city throughout the year, in partnership with festivals and venues such as Luminato, The Word on the Street, Nuit Blanche, Harbourfront, and the Toronto Public Library. A selection of writers' work will be published next year in the seventh annual Diaspora Dialogues anthology, TOK: Writing the New Toronto.

This latest group of Diaspora Dialogues writers represents the breadth and depth of a diverse city, from writers who grew up in downtown Toronto and Rexdale to others who immigrated to Canada from the Ivory Coast, South Korea, Pakistan and Iran. This range of perspectives includes Cecilia Popescu, a scientist and poet, Irving Ellman, an interior designer and writer of short stories, and Valentina Gal, a first-generation Canadian who writes about her experience as the blind daughter of Ukrainian immigrants.

About Diaspora Dialogues
Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry and drama that reflect the complexity of the city through the eyes of its richly diverse writers. Publishing and mentoring activities, as well as a monthly multidisciplinary performance festival, help encourage the creation of a literature that is vibrant and inclusive, while bringing these works to a wide audience.

Diaspora Dialogues is supported by Maytree, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC Foundation, and TD Bank Group.

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