Trash Talkin’ Conference to feature acclaimed author

By Dale Johnson Posted: March 6, 2018 11:30 a.m.

Author, journalist, and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor is coming to the University of Regina.
Author, journalist, and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor is coming to the University of Regina. Photo courtesy of Drew Hayden Taylor

A highly–regarded Indigenous playwright, author, and journalist – Drew Hayden Taylor – will  be speaking at the Trash Talkin’ Conference, a pop-culture event organized by the English Students’ Association at the U of R.

“We wanted to widen the focus of our conference to include an Indigenous author. It's important for students to be aware of and appreciate Indigenous literature,” explains Harrison Otis, in second-year master’s student in English and secretary of the English Students’ Association.

Taylor, from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, is an award-winning playwright. He has written 30 books and is also a journalist, short-story writer, novelist, and TV scriptwriter. He has served as the Writer-In-Residence at Michigan, Ryerson, and Wilfred Laurier universities. His play, Cottagers and Indians, is being performed at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre until March 25.

“He’s an author who's been anthologized and his works have been deemed significant enough to be put in the same collection with Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, and George Orwell. It's an incredible opportunity to get to hear him in person. At the same time, Taylor's work is accessible and popularly successful,” Otis adds.

Otis says many students are familiar with Taylor’s work because in their English course his essay Pretty Like a White Boy is included in The Broadview Introduction to Literature. Taylor is also familiar with the U of R because he gave the convocation address at the First Nations University of Canada in 2015.

Taylor will make his keynote address at the tenth annual Trash Talkin’ Conference, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on March 9 in room 119 of the Research and Innovation Centre. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Trash Talkin' Conference provides both graduate and undergraduate students with a professional and academic environment to discuss their scholarly pursuits and practice their networking and presentation skills.

As well as Taylor’s speech, the conference will also include readings by Gail Bowen and Lorri Nielsen Glenn. Registration is required ($35/student, $70/faculty).

For more information and to register go to https://www.facebook.com/uofresa/ or contact the English Students’ Association at esaregina@uregina.ca.