The Vancouver-based poet Dina Del Bucchia took poets Deanna Rodger & Dean Atta for a tour of bookstores, which are essential to the fabric of the historical and current literary community in Vancouver.
“The Canadian literary community can feel so insular and I loved being able to learn from and also relate to the experiences of international poets. I think any time writers from different places and backgrounds are given the opportunity to talk openly about their work, the craft of writing, the challenges and the exciting projects they dream about it makes for an enriching and exciting time.”
- Dina Del Bucchia, Canadian short-story writer and podcaster
Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.Atta won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. An ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards, he lives in London and teaches writing workshops across the UK.
Deanna Rodger is an international writer, performer and facilitator. Commissions include: Under The Skin (St Paul's Cathedral), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Undivided Britain (Viceland). She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University and is a tutor at School of Communication Arts ('The most successful ad school in the world'). Accolades include: ELLE UK’s '30 inspirational women under 30', The Female Lead’s '20intheir20s', Cosmopolitan’s 'No.1 trailblazing woman'.
Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three collections of poetry, Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013), Blind Items (Insomniac Press, 2014), and Rom Com (Talonbooks, 2015), written with Daniel Zomparelli. She also hosts Can’t Lit, a podcast on Canadian literature and culture, with Zomparelli. Her short story, "Under the 'I'," was a finalist for the Writers' Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award in 2012. Her first collection of short stories, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, will be published in fall 2017 by Arsenal Pulp Press. She is a senior editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and is the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she currently is an instructor.