Diane Driedger launching Red with Living: Poems and Art
When: Sunday May 1, 2:00 pm Where: Grant Park in the Atrium - Winnipeg - Manitoba In this collection of poems and art, Driedger ruminates on the colour of living. It is red with excitement, pain, sunsets, blood and tropical flowers. Along the way, she paints herself into the works of Frida Kahlo, Viencent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Maud Lewis. She confronts the body in two different contexts: Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and breast cancer treatment. Raised Mennonite, Driedger discusses issues around celebrating the body. In the second context, she reflects on the experience of undergoing cancer treatment and of being chronically ill. Diane Driedger is a poet, writer, visual artist and educator. Her first poetry book, The Mennonite Madonna, was published in 1999. She is author of the Last Civil Rights Movement: Disabled Peoples' International, and editor or co-editor of four anthologies by women with disabilities, including, Living the Edges: A Disabled Women's Reader (2010). Driedger was awarded the Inuagural Tanis Doe Award for Distinction in Disability Study and Culture from the Canadian Disability Studies Association in 2009. She lives in Manitoba and is Assistant Professor in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba.