David James Brock

playwright, poet, librettist

David James Brock is a Canadian playwright, poet and librettist.
Author of poetry collections Everyone is CO2 and Ten-Headed Alien.
Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.

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Panel Discussion (Toronto): Writing Illness at Canadian Writers' Summit

  • Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8 Canada (map)

American writer Meghan O’Rourke states: “The literature of illness remains remarkably impoverished—especially when it comes to describing chronic illness.”

I'll be on a panel with Teva Harrison and Shane Neilson to discuss our full-length works that engage with chronic illness. We will discuss how our own projects — an opera written about and in collaboration with people with cystic fibrosis, a novel that grapples with how to narrate the chronic pain of migraine, a graphic memoir about living with cancer, a poetry collection that evokes the disorientation of mental illness — present opportunities for writers to represent an entire realm of human existence that has yet to be fully explored in literature. Moderated by Catherine Bush. This panel will take place at Harbourfront Centre - Market Tent D.

For further details, see the Canadian Writers' Summit website.