Summer Coaching Program 2023



Reading with Casey Plett and Carol Ann Weaver

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, 7:30 pm, at Canadian Mennonite University, Marpeck Commons, 2299 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg MB. Event is free.

This reading is part of the Mennonite/s Writing VIII: Personal Narratives of Place and Displacement, which runs at the University of Winnipeg from Oct. 19-21.

Past Events

Book Launch with David Bergen, Dora Dueck, Armin Wiebe

Thursday,Oct. 19, 2017, 7:00 pm, at X-Cues Billiars, 551 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg MB. Event is free.

Winnipeg launch of 9 Mennonite Stories (Rhubarb), selected by David Bergen, and for which I wrote the introduction.


Reading with Shane Neilson and Lori Cayer

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017, 7:00 pm, at McNally Robinson Grant Park, Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg MB. Event is free.

Winnipeg launch of Shane Neilson’s new book Dysphoria (The Porcupine’s Quill), featuring guest readers Lori Cayer and Maurice Mierau. Details here.


Onstage Conversation with Sharon Butala

Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017, 7:00 pm, at McNally Robinson Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg MB. Event is free.

The great Sharon Butala will read from her latest memoir, Where I Live Now, then join in an onstage conversation with Maurice Mierau. A book signing will follow. More details here.


Panelist at Writing Conference

Saturday, Mar. 4, 1:30-3:00 pm. “Fiction/Nonfiction: What’s the Diff?” a panel moderated by Lara Rae, with writers Maurice Mierau, David Alexander Robertson, and Ginny Collins, at the University of Winnipeg, Room 2M70 (2nd floor Manitoba Hall). Event is free.

Reading for launch of poetry anthology

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, 7:30 pm, at the Blaurock Café/Great Hall at Canadian Mennonite University, north campus, Winnipeg MB. Free admission.

The Mennonite Literary Society celebrates the release of its first anthology, published as a special issue of Rhubarb magazine, R40, Winter 2017, edited by Clarise Foster. The book title is 29 Mennonite PoetsPatrick Friesen will be a featured reader, joining Di Brandt from Brandon and Maurice Mierau from Winnipeg.  Books and copies of R40 will be available.

Workshop on Writing Memoir

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, 9:00 am to 4 pm, at the Manitoba Writers’ Guild Offices, 100 Arthur St., Winnipeg MB.

Maurice will lead an all-day workshop on writing memoir. Book early (call 204.944.8013) to avoid disappointment: enrollment cap is 15 and last year there was a waiting list. Fee is $100 or $85 for MWG members. 

Reading in Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 7:00 pm, the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, BaltimoreMaryland. 

Maurice Mierau read with two local poets from nearby Silver Spring, Teri Ellen Cross Davis and Hayes Davis. More information at the bookstore website here.

Panel Discussion at Spur Festival

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1:00–2:30 pm, Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Ave., Winnipeg MB.
Panel discussion on Our New Tribalism: Race, Identity and Biologism with Jenny Wills, Raven Sinclair, Amandine Gay, and Maurice Mierau. Performance by Joshua Whitehead.

Reading and Conversation with Patrick Friesen

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm, Russell Books, 734 Fort St, Victoria BC.
Readings by Maurice Mierau and Patrick Friesen, and a public conversation on their work.

Twisted Poets Literary Salon

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 7:00–9:30pm, The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Feature readings by Kerry Gilbert and Maurice Mierau. Suggested donation at the door: $5.

Authors for Indies: Writers recommend their favourite books at great independent bookstores

Saturday, April 30, 2:00-3:30 pm, McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg MB. Free event.

Authors for Indies is a day when authors show their appreciation for Canadian independent bookstores. This year, local writers will be on stage reading selections from some of their long time favourites. Participating authors include Erna Buffie, Méira Cook, Anita Daher, Jeffrey John Eyamie, Ariel Gordon, Maurice Mierau, and Joan Thomas.

World Poetry Day reading

Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:00-9:30 pm; Fools and Horses Coffee Company, 379 Broadway, Winnipeg MB.

Maurice Mierau, Sally Ito, Chim Undi, Steve Locke, Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie and others read and perform. Free admission.

Moderating Panel Discussion: “Moving CV2 Forward: the Next 40 Years”

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, 4:00 pm; Room 2M70, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg MB. Panel members: Jonathan Ball, Ray Hsu, Jennifer Still. Maurice moderates (though he’s not moderate).

Talk and Reading at Millennium Library

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, 2:00 pm; Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, Winnipeg MB

Maurice appears with two other former writers-in-residence at the Winnipeg Public Library, Chandra Mayor, and Doug Whiteway (aka C.C. Benison). All of them will talk about their time at the library, and read from recent work. Maurice will read from his new book of poems, Autobiographical Fictions.

Winnipeg launch of Autobiographical Fictions

Thursday, Oct.29, 2015, 7:00 pm; McNally Robinson Books, 1120 Grant Ave., Atrium, Winnipeg MB

Maurice will launch his new book, Autobiographical Fictions. There will be cake by the amazing M-R baker Jeff.

Appearance at the International Festival of Authors with shortlisted authors for 2016 Kobzar Award

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, 2 pm; Lakeside Terrace, Artport, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON

Featured writers: Orest T. Martynowych, Maurice Mierau, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Stacey Zembrzycki.

Reading at the Atwater Library series, Montreal

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, 7:00 pm; 1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount QC

Maurice will read from his new book, Autobiographical Fictions. Also appearing is poet Sara Peters.

Reading at the Art Bar series, Toronto

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, 8:00 pm; The Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave., Toronto ON

Maurice will read from his new book, Autobiographical Fictions. The other featured poets are: Cassidy McFadzean and Jessica Popeski.

Reading at the Atlantic Poetry Festival

Friday, Oct. 2-4, 2015, times TBA; University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB

Appearing as featured reader along with other poets from across Canada; reading from new book, Autobiographical Fictions.

In conversation with memoirist and fiction writer Camilla Gibb

Thursday September 17, 7:00 pm; McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave., Atrium, Winnipeg MB

McNally Robinson Booksellers, Doubleday Canada, and The Winnipeg International Writers Festival present an evening with bestselling author Camilla Gibb in conversation and signing her new book, This is Happy: A Memoir. 

Maurice will act as host.

Reading as part of On the Same Page

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, 7:30 pm; McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave., Travel Alcove, Winnipeg MB

Appearing along with some of the other short-listed authors Miriam Toews, David Alexander Robertson, and Tomson Highway for the Winnipeg Public Library’s On the Same Page program, Maurice will read briefly from Detachment.

Reading at Brandon Works in Progress Cabaret

Friday, May 1, 2015, 7-10 pm; Park Community Centre, Brandon, MB

Appearing along with Chez Willi, aka  Anne-Marie Williott, singer/songwriter, and Flamenco on the Prairies, Brandon School of Dance, Maurice will read from Detachment and take questions.