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Indigenous writer and U of T professor featured in ‘Dial-a-Poem’ project – CTV News
TORONTO — An Indigenous author and University of Toronto assistant professor is being featured in a pandemic-era edition of “Dial-a-Poem,” a project that encourages individuals to call in weekly and listen to writers perform some of their work.
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, an Anishinaabe writer and founder of Kegedonce Press, said that she was aware of Dial-a-Poem from the 1980s, when it was first launched in Montreal by poet Fortner Anderson. But she said she hadn’t heard much about it since.
“I received an email from the organizer of it in Montreal, asking if I’d be interested in participating,” she said. “As soon as I heard about it. I was like wow, that is amazing and really cool. I want to be part of that.”
This week, people who dial 514-558-8649 will be able to hear one of two English poems by Akiwenzie-Damm—“Funny Business (How Nanabush romanced the stone)” or “Reconciling the Books.”
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