Gary Barwin is a writer, performer, educator, and multidisciplinary artist. The author of 21 books, his novel Yiddish for Pirates won the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Fiction) and was a Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General’s Award finalist, he is currently Writer-in Residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library. A PhD in music composition, he is a three-time recipient of Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year, has also received the Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and has co-won the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the K.M. Hunter Arts Award. He has lived in Hamilton since 1990.
Art is a telescope. Not only do we look into it, but, like the great bowl of a radio telescope, we wait with vigilance, patience, sorrow, and excitement to receive the hiss of light, the fossil glow of consciousness, self, and culture.