Silos and Sparks – Disciplinary boundaries and creative momentum
Explore the potential, pitfalls, and sparks that fly when stories are forged across traditional boundaries of genre and form. Disciplinary silos can act as both resonators and brakes to the creative process, and pose unique challenges to interdisciplinary professional practice—but creative crossroads are a rich space for dialogue and exchange, and an exciting place to nurture new perspectives and new stories.
SANDY MARIE BONNY is a writer, visual artist, and earth scientist (PhD 2007) whose creative work is grounded in interdisciplinary practice. Her writing has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including The Shape of Content—Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science (2008) and Coming Attractions 11 (2011); as well as two book-length publications, The Sometimes Lake (stories, 2012) and Yes, and Back Again (novel, 2015). Sandy also brings science, stories, and students together as Team Lead for ISAP and STEM access initiatives in the USask College of Arts and Science.
Host and Interviewer
SARAH ENS is a writer and editor based in Treaty 1 Territory. Winner of The New Quarterly's 2019 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and Room Magazine's 2018 Short Forms Contest, she published her debut collection of poetry, The World Is Mostly Sky (Turnstone Press) in 2020, which was shortlisted for two Manitoba Book Awards. Her newest book, Flyway, is a long-poem meditation on migration and the tall grass prairie. Sarah works as a freelance editor on a number of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction projects.