Oakville’s Sheridan College selects creative force Pottle as next Writer-in-Residence

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Published July 23, 2021 at 8:36 pm

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Poet, novelist and playwright Adam Pottle is the 2021-2022 Creative Writing & Publishing Writer-in-Residence (CW&P)  at Oakville’s Sheridan College.

The award winning author, who holds a PhD in English literature with a particular interest in Canadian literature, poetry, disability studies, fiction, and horror, is a powerful advocate for deaf and disabled artists and Canadians.

CW&P’s Associate Dean Genevieve Amaral points to Pottle’s passionate curiosity for varieties of human experience and modes of creative expression as just part of what he’ll bring to Sheridan.

“Adam’s trailblazing, beautiful work is fearless, bold and eclectic,” she says. “We’re overjoyed that he’ll be bringing his considerable talents to Sheridan.”

Pottle’s books span across a range of forms and genres. His written work includes the poetry collection Beautiful Mutants (Caitlin Press, 2011), the novel Mantis Dreams: The Journal of Dr. Dexter Ripley (Caitlin Press, 2013), , the novella The Bus (Quattro Books, 2016), and Voice (University of Regina Press, 2019) – his critically acclaimed memoir on Deafness and creativity. 

His works for the stage are also extensive.

They include Ultrasound, staged at Theatre Pass Muraille in 2016, and the Black Drum  – the world’s first all-Deaf musical, using sign language and signed music throughout.

Called “a ground-breaking piece of Canadian theatre” by industry publication Broadway World, it was produced in Toronto in June 2019 by the Deaf Culture Centre and Soulpepper Theatre.

Following its world-premiere run in Toronto, the musical represented Canada at France’s Festival Clin d’Oeil — the world’s largest Deaf arts festival.  

The Writer-in-Residence is a non-teaching, community- and culture-builder whose work complements the CW&P curriculum.

Pottle’s year at Sheridan will be a full one.

A creative force of nature, he’ll spend his time completing a personal writing project, visiting and contributing to writing and publishing classes, leading virtual public workshops, and providing creative leadership, mentoring, and public outreach to and on behalf of the program and school.

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