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University of Winnipeg Writer-in-Residence Jordan Scott joins Jonathan’s writing class to talk to students and answer questions about his writing process.

Headshot of Jordan Scott. He is outside wearing a dark jacket, backpack and hat.Jordan Scott is an internationally acclaimed poet and children’s author. His debut children’s book, I Talk Like a River (illustrated by Greenway Medalist Sydney Smith) by Holiday House / Neal Porter Books, was a New York Times best Children’s Book of 2020, and has garnered nine starred reviews since publication.

I Talk Like a River is translated into nineteen languages and was the recipient of the recipient of the American Library Association’s, Schneider Family Book Award, which honours authors for the artistic expression of the disability experience. The book has also won an International Literacy Association Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Award (Primary Fiction), that recognizes newly published authors who exhibit exceptional promise in the children’s and young adults’ book fields. I Talk Like a River was also nominated for the 2021 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (BC and Yukon Book Prizes) and the Governor General’s Literary Prize for Young People’s Literature.

Scott’s second and third books of children’s literature are slated for publication in 2022 and 2024 through Holiday House / Neal Porter Books.

Scott is also the author of four books of poetry: Silt (Newstar Books) Blert, DECOMP, and Night & Ox (all from Coach House Books). Blert, which explores the poetics of stuttering, is the subject of two National Film Board of Canada projects, Flub and Utter: a poetic memoir of the mouth and STUTTER.

Scott’s other books include Clearance Process (SMALL CAPS), and Lanterns at Guantánamo (Simon Fraser University). Both books treat his experience after being allowed access to Guantanamo Bay in April 2015.

Scott was the 2015/16 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University and has read from his work throughout North America and Europe as a guest of Princeton, Johns Hopkins, the University of Georgia, UNBC, and in Greece, Slovenia, and the Nordic Black Theatre in Oslo, Norway.

Most recently Scott taught creative writing classes at the American Institute for Stuttering, Friends: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter and SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young. In 2018 Scott was the recipient of Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, given to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry.

For Greystone Books, Scott is currently working on I Stutter; I Lie: a memoir of dysfluency, power, and truth.


Opening song is “We Got the Poison” by Electric Candles
Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur
Photo by Andrew Zawacki

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