Alberta arts and culture hub the Banff Centre has announced its literary arts residencies for the spring/summer 2017 season:
The future narratives: contemporary indigenous artist practice program‚ running April 3–15‚ will accommodate both indigenous and non-indigenous writers, with a focus on contemporary First Nations ideas and art practice as they influence the future narratives of Canada as it approaches 150 years. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s first curator of indigenous art‚ Wanda Nanibush‚ will serve as lead faculty.
An intensive spoken word residency will run April 17–29‚ providing a space for artists to develop their practice and career paths. Faculty will comprise Tanya Evanson‚ Tanya Tagaq, Janet Rogers, Dr. Afua Cooper, and Buddy Wakefield.
A five-week writing studio program will run May 1 to June 2‚ offering fiction writers and poets the supervision and support to pursue a particular writing project.
From June 5–23‚ the Banff international literary translation centre will serve as the only translation residency program of its kind in North America.
Literary journalism is the focus of a residency taking place July 3–29‚ in which eight non-fiction writers are paid a $2‚000 commission for a memoir‚ essay‚ or feature piece.
Journalists will also be eligible for the frontline: environmental reportage residency from July 10–22.