The University of Manitoba Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture have announced their choice for the position of Writer/Storyteller‑in‑Residence for January – March, 2015. In their announcement, they wrote: “
We received thirty intriguing applications from eleven countries and out of this plenitude the Steering Committee chose Dovie Thomason for the residency. We were so impressed with your plans for the residency as well as your extraordinary record of performance, teaching and mentorship.
On campus, Dovie will provide mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers, give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus, and lead an informal non-credit workshop. Her remaining time will be devoted to her own artistic projects, recordings, writings and collaborations.
The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is an interdisciplinary centre with a mandate to promote the creation and the study of the verbal arts, both oral and written. Located at the University of Manitoba in the city of Winnipeg, the Centre sponsors readings, lectures, master classes and creative community projects that explore the connections between oral and written culture. Winnipeg is renowned for its vibrant arts community and its multicultural citizenry, including the largest urban population of Indigenous people in North America. The Centre builds upon these local cultural strengths as a basis for its creative and critical work.
This extraordinary honor for Dovie was supported by First Nations artists in Winnipeg and storytelling and academic colleagues from the U.S. and overseas. “My deep gratitude for the creative support so generously offered and the opportunity of a lifetime to “sit” with some projects that have been impatiently waiting as I’ve toured for so many years.” (says Dovie, still incredulous, and somewhat daunted by winter temperatures as cold as Mars! Should be some interesting blogs this time next year…..)