LITERARY EVENING WITH MADHUR ANAND
KABIR CULTURAL CENTRE presents

LITERARY EVENING WITH MADHUR ANAND

In-person Event
August 19th 2022
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm / Doors: 6:15 pm

475 BOUL. DE MAISONNEUVE EAST, MONTREAL, QC, Canada
For more information about this event, please contact Centre Culturel Kabir at info@centrekabir.com.

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In its endeavour to bring quality poetic activities to town, Kabir Centre Poetry Club warmly invites you to an evening of Poetry Reading followed by a discussion/QnA by Dr Madhur Anand. The event is free and snacks will be served. Dr Madhur Anand is an ecology professor and a Governor General's Literary award-winning writer who released her 2nd collection of poems : Parasitic Oscillations that deals with topics related to the environment and the Indian diaspora and birds. She will also be reading from her memoir "This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart”.

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In its endeavour to bring quality poetic activities to town, Kabir Centre Poetry Club warmly invites you to an evening of Poetry Reading followed by a discussion/QnA by Dr Madhur Anand. The event is free and snacks will be served. Dr Madhur Anand is an ecology professor and a Governor General's Literary award-winning writer who released her 2nd collection of poems : Parasitic Oscillations that deals with topics related to the environment and the Indian diaspora and birds. She will also be reading from her memoir "This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart”.

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DR. MADHUR ANAND

Madhur Anand is a Canadian poet and professor of ecology and environmental sciences. She was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and lives in Guelph, Ontario. 

Anand completed her PhD in theoretical ecology at Western University in 1997 and conducts research on ecological change and sustainability science. Her topics of research include coupled human-environment systems and forest and forest-grassland mosaic ecosystems, and especially how sources of stress and disturbance, such as agriculture and climate change, impact these ecosystems across different spatial scales and time scales. She uses simulation modelling, statistical tools, dendrochronology, and other observational methods. She is a full professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph where she leads the Global Ecological Change and Sustainability lab.

Anand has received awards including the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award and the Young Alumni Award of Merit from Western University. She was also the Canada Research Chair in Global Ecological Change at the University of Guelph and, before that, the Canada Research Chair in Biocomplexity of the Environment at Laurentian University.

She was director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation from 2015 to 2018, where she organized several interdisciplinary events such as Living on the Precipice: Interdisciplinary Conference on Resilience in Complex Natural and Human Systems and Poetry and Complexity, the latter featuring Nobel Laureate scientist and writer Roald Hoffman and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout.  

Her poetry has appeared in literary magazines such as the Literary Review of CanadaThe New QuarterlyThe Malahat ReviewLemon HoundThe Rusty Toque, and The Walrus. Her work also appeared in the anthologies The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science and How a Poem Moves. She co-edited the first contemporary anthology of Canadian ecological poetry Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry (Your Scrivener Press, 2009).

Her first collection of poems, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2015 and was nominated for a Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2016. This collection challenges the reader to re-think ecopoetry and includes numerous examples of found poems derived from her own scientific papers. The CBC named the book as one of ten all time “trailblazing” Canadian poetry collections.

Her memoir This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart won the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction at the 2020 Governor General's Awards. The work exemplifies the sub-genre of creative non-fiction and describes intra- and inter-generational perspectives on topics ranging from the Indian Partition to life as a young scientist. The award jury noted how the memoir “blends science, personal narrative and fictional elements to push the non-fiction form into bold new territory”, while filmmaker Deepa Mehta writes that “... the different perspectives are truly poetic and at times heartbreaking”.

Her second book of poetry Parasitic Oscillations was published by Penguin Random House to international acclaim and was the CBC Top Pick for Poetry in Spring 2022.