Gail Scott (CA)
Gail Scott’s prose works are laboratories for concocting new ways to make sentences about cities across language/genre/gender boundaries. Her new work, Furniture Music, a memoir about poets and politics in lower Manhattan will be out from Wave early fall 2023. Her 2021 poetics, Permanent (upside down) Revolution, engaging with radical prose writers across the continent , was short-listed for Le Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. Other acclaimed city novels include The Obituary, a fractalled tale of suppressed diversity in post-millennial Québec, also a Grand Prix finalist; Heroine, about radical art and politics in turbulent 80s Montréal; and My Paris, about a sad diarist looking for a lost avant-garde in 90s Paris. Her translation of Michael Delisle’s Le désarroi du matelot was a Governor General finalist. She won major studio grants (Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) for New York, Paris. She was invited writer at Brown, UCSD, University of Alberta, and Université de Montréal, where she taught Creative Writing for 15 years. Scott lives in Montréal.