Writer in Residence 2016-2017

We are pleased to welcome Sachiko Murakami as the 2016-2017 Jack McClelland Writer in Residence.

About Sachiko Murakami
With her first book of poetry, The Invisibility Exhibit (2008), shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, Murakami entered the Canadian poetry scene as a writer whose central preoccupation is with space. Her second poetry book, Rebuild (2011), registers her various affective responses to the city of Vancouver, a city of cranes and excavation sites, a living archive of properties expropriated (like that of her father’s), taken away from its Native inhabitants, sold and resold, rebuilt.

Admired for her creative innovation and collaborative spirit, she is the creator ofProject Rebuild(https://www.projectrebuild.ca/index.php), a site that materializes Murakami’s line, “What is a poem but a rental unit of language?” Already inhabited by visual variations of what has come to be known as “The Vancouver Special,” a particular house style, the project invites anyone “to move into any of the poems . . . and renovate them.”

Her most recent collection, Get Me Out of Here(2015), recasts Murakami’s spatial imagination by focusing on the airport as a network hub. From YVR (Vancouver) to RKV (Reykjavik), people in transit contributed their impressions of things or events, an experiment in crowd-sourcing that Murakami has turned into fourteen-line poems.

A literary worker for numerous presses and journals, she has also dabbled in administration, marketing, and communications for organizations, including the Association of Book Publishers of BC, BookNet Canada and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. A collective member of the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver for a short period, she co-founded The Pilot reading series in Montreal in 2005, and was co-host of Pivot Readings at the Press Club in Toronto from 2010-2012. She is a resident of Toronto.


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