Gerry Shikatani

GERRY SHIKATANI: Garden Collecting: a post vanguardist for today

Nov 13, 2015

You are invited to join The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing and the Creative Writing Research Group for a talk and reading by the renowned poet, artist and food writer Gerry Shikatani. Shikatani will read from recent work and talk about Lorca’s Granada, a retreat he directs in Spain.

When: Friday, November 20, 2015, 2-4pm

Where: Judith Sloman Reading Room, Social Sciences Tower 1114, Department of English, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB


About Gerry Shikatani:

A second generation Canadian of Japanese descent and pioneer among Canada’s visible minority writers, he has published poetry for five decades. He has also published short fiction and essays, created language-based visual and text/sound compositions, and collaborated in experimental film.

For nearly thirty years most of his writing has been set in Europe, from his 412-page Aqueduct (poems/texts) to Three Gardens of Andalucía largely created when he was staying in Granada, Spain – now the setting of his Lorca’s Granada Writers’ Retreat/Colloquia which he founded and directs.

In addition, as a culinary critic recognized in Canada and Spain as Canada’s expert on Spanish gastronomy, he holds El Cruz Oficial de la Orden del Merito Civil, granted by El Rey Juan Carlos I, for his dedicated writing on Spanish gastronomy and culture.

Born, raised and educated in Toronto, he now splits his time between Ontario and the Province of Granada.