Méira Cook is an award-winning poet, novelist, and literary critic. She was born in Johannesburg where she worked as a freelance arts and culture correspondent before moving to Winnipeg. Dr. Cook holds a PhD specializing in Canadian literature from the University of Manitoba and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. Poetry collections include A Fine Grammar of Bones (Turnstone 1993), Toward a Catalogue of Falling (Brick 1996), Slovenly Love (Brick 2003), and A Walker in the City (forthcoming with Brick in 2011). She has published a novel, The Blood Girls (NeWest 1998), a book of literary criticism, Writing Lovers: Reading Canadian Love Poetry by Women (McGill-Queen's UP, 2005), and edited and introduced a selection of Don McKay's poetry entitled Field Marks: The Poetry of Don McKay (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2006). Her poetry won first place in the CBC Literary Awards in 2007, has been published in The Best Canadian Poetry of 2008, and has been featured in Winnipeg Transit's "Poetry in Motion" program. Méira's first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road, won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award in 2013. She has been the poetry editor of Prairie Fire Magazine and has taught creative writing classes at the University of Manitoba.
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The Centre wishes to congratulate Méira for winning the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. Her prize-winning poem, “The Devil’s Advocate,” will appear in the December 2012 issue of the Walrus.
To view photos of Méira's inaugural reading as the U of M's Winter 2011 Writer-in-Residence, please click here.
From L to R: U of M Alumnus Keith Cadieux, Meira Cook, U of M Vice-Provost (Academic Planning & Programs) Dr. David Collins, and CCWOC Director Warren Cariou
U of M Associate Professor, Dr. Alison Calder, with Meira