Welcome to Historic Joy Kogawa House
Historic Joy Kogawa House is the childhood home of Canadian author Joy Kogawa. Joy and her family lived in the house until 1942, when they were sent to an internment camp along with thousands of other Canadians of Japanese descent. Now used as a site for author residencies and literary events, the house stands as a historical reminder of the internment experience of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and by extension, to the experiences of diverse cultural and ethnic groups within Canadian society.
Farewell to Tom Cho and Jackie Wykes, who on April 6 moved on to a three-month residency in picturesque Blairmore, Alberta. They take up residence in the former studio of the photographer Thomas Gushul, in a competitive residency supporting both writers and visual artists through the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.
Shut Up And Write meet-ups place the typically solitary activity of writing into a more social space. The idea is simple: a group of people get together and focus on their own writing, with short breaks to socialise – “No critiquing, exercises, lectures, ego, competition or feeling guilty.”
For the first time in four years, we are offering a paid three-month residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House, the childhood home of Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most important and esteemed authors. This is the only paid residency opportunity we will be offering for 2016.
Applications are open now, and are due by 12:00 midnight, Monday, February 1, 2016.
Find out more about the residency program and submit your application soon!