Writer

John Weier began writing in his teens and has pursued this vocation professionally since 1981. His first book, After the Revolution, was published in 1986; and his eleventh, Under the Wings of Africa, in 2007. Perhaps still reacting to the confines of the small farm, the inflexibility of childhood authorities, his writing tends to ride the genre boundaries. Nothing is simple; his memoirs are novels, and his novels documentary. His poetry is prose and follows diary lines, his prose is poetic.

Highlights of his writing life include:

  • Distinguished lectures at University of Winnipeg and Laurentian University.

  • Carol Shields Writer in Residence at the University of Winnipeg in 2008.

  • Writer in Residence at the Winnipeg Millennium Library in 2005-06.

  • A visit to Syria as guest of the Canadian Embassy in 1997 to read in a variety of settings and particularly at the opening of the Canadian Educational Resource Centre at Damascus University.

  • Readings and workshops in Iceland, Denmark, Malaysia and India. Public readings given across Canada and in the United States.

  • Strong peer to peer recognition by way of Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and Canada Council support.

  • Strong involvement in the national arts community as mentor, editor, juror, workshop leader and board director.

  • A long history of publication in a variety of literary journals and anthologies.

And the following books:

After the Revolution, Turnstone Press, poetry, 1986

Ride the Blue Roan, Turnstone Press, poetry, 1988

Those Tiny Bits of Beans, Pemmican Publications, children’s book, 1995

Steppe: A Novel, Thistledown Press, experimental fiction, 1995

Twelve Poems for Emily Carr, Punchpenny Press, poetry, 1996

Friends Coming Back As Animals, Moonstone Press, short fiction, 1996

Coils of the Yamuna, Broken Jaw Press, poetry, 1998

Marshwalker, Turnstone Press, creative non-fiction, 1998

Violinmaker’s Lament, Wolsak and Wynn, poetry, 2003

Stand the Sacred Tree, Turnstone Press, creative non-fiction, 2004

Under the Wings of Africa, Wolsak and Wynn, experimental fiction, 2007