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Songwriters Samson, Fellows named writers-in-residence at U of M

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Two Winnipeg songwriters are sitting in for an extended session at the University of Manitoba.

The university’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC) announced that John K. Samson and Christine Fellows will serve as the group’s Writers-in-Residence. The two will remain in the position through mid-December.

Samson, known internationally for his work with The Weakerthans, is also an accomplished writer. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications over the years, including Matrix Magazine, CV2, Geist, The Believer, and Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry.

Samson is also the co-founder and managing editor of the Winnipeg publishing house ARP Books. Over the last 18 months, he’s put out a solo musical release (Provincial) and the book Lyrics and Poems: 1997-2012.

Fellows, meanwhile, has released five solo albums and a sixth project, Burning Daylight, is scheduled for release in 2014. Fellows has worked with numerous visual musicians, artists, choreographers and filmmakers over the years and continues to be an active contributor to Winnipeg’s arts scene.

Samson and Fellows issued a joint statement looking forward to their in-residence role:

"CCWOC is such a wonderful resource, a hidden jewel within the University of Manitoba. We are thrilled and honoured to participate as Writers-in-Residence this term, and we are looking forward to meeting and working with students, writers, storytellers and songwriters alike."

According to the university, the pair will "visit classes, mentor writers and songwriters, and offer a weekly song writing workshop over the fall term." Both are expected to work on individual and collaborative projects during this time.

The residence position at the university won’t be unfamiliar to Samson and Fellows. They served as the Writers-in-Residence for the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program earlier this year.

On Wednesday (Sept. 18), the CCWOC will hold a welcome event for Samson and Fellows in the Great Hall at University College (the two are scheduled to perform). The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and is free to the public.

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