Richard Sanger was UNB’s seventeenth writer-in-residence for the 1998-1999 academic year. Richard Sanger was born in Manchester, England, but grew up in mainly in Ottawa. When he was 17, his dad got a job in London, England for two years. Sanger pursued a degree at Edinburgh in Spanish and philosophy. He spent four years in Spain, and two years in Berlin. He claims his poetry came out of his time in Europe. After ten years in Europe, Sanger moved back to Toronto in 1987. Sanger came to UNB with a backround primarily in writing poetry, having published a poetry collection called Shadow Cabinet in 1996; he was however moving into writing dramas and had recently published a play called Not Spain, which was nominated for the 1995 Chalmer's Award the 1998 Governer General's Literary Award in the drama catagory. His play Not Spain also comes out of his experience in Europe, even though as the title would sugget, the play is not about Spain. Richard Sanger won the E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize twice.
He gave a number of readings from his play Two Words for Snow during his residency, alongside having held literary seminars in Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton. One of the first readings Sanger held was on September 24th in Memorial Hall, and he held two on concurrent days in the middle of February, first at the UNBSJ Ward Chipman Library and then the next day at ABEC's Listen and Lunch.
Sanger was preceded by bill bissett and succeeded by Colleen Wagner. When talking about some of the authors he always enjoyed, Richard Sanger mentioned breifly that he was a fan of the work of two previous writers-in-residence, Alden Nowlan and David Adams Richards.
UA Case 191; Section 2; Richard Sanger
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