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James Strecker was born in St.
Boniface, Manitoba on April 15, 1943, and has an M.A. in Drama from the
University of Toronto. He is an English professor at Sheridan College, Director
of Creativity Unlimited Consulting, an Intensive Journal Consultant with
Dialogue House in New York, a graphoanalyst with the IGAS of Chicago, a
certified Trainer with the Focusing Institute of Chicago, and an editor,
freelance writer, and photographer for a number of publishers, magazines and
newspapers. He is a frequent writerinresidence and lecturer at colleges and
universities, and appears regularly on CBC radio.
Hamilton Arts Award for Contribution to the Arts, 1992.
Hamilton and Region
Arts Council Awards, 1994.
Bones to Bury. (Mosaic Press, 1984).
Pas de Vingt:
A Celebration of Ballet Dancers (illustrations by Harold Town). (Mosaic
Routes (photography by Bill Smith). (Image
Corkscrew. (Image Publishing, 1986).
Talks with Jackie Washington. (Image Publishing,
Image Fiction. (Editor). (Image Publishing,
Recipes for Flesh. (Mini Mocho Press, 1989).
Echosystem. (Mini Mocho Press, 1993).
More Than a Blues
Singer. (Editor). (Mini Mocho Press, 1996).
(Mini Mocho Press, 1997).
Spin. (Mini Mocho Press, 1990).
Animal Matters. (Poetry Now
Books in Print
Black: A Tribute to Black Musicians (illustrations by Harold
Town). Mini Mocho Press, 1990. $10.00 ISBN: 0-921980-05-1.
Bury. Mosaic Press, 1984. $8.95 ISBN: 0-88962-249-3.
Mini Mocho Press, 1993. $12.95 ISBN: 0-921980-11-6.
Out of Incest: A Book
of Hope (co-editor). Mini Mocho Press, 1989. $10.00 ISBN: 0-921980-02-7.
Pas de Vingt: A Celebration of Ballet Dancers. Mosaic Press, 1984.
$19.95 ISBN: 0-88962-264-7 (hb); $12.95 ISBN: 0-88962-263-9 (pb).
Sheridan: The Cutting Edge in Crafts Boston Mills Press/Stoddart,
1999, $39.95, ISBN 1-55046-301-0
The Golden Horseshoe Anthology (co-editor). Mini Mocho Press, 1992.
$19.95 ISBN: 0-921980-10-8.
James Strecker 48 Chedoke Avenue, Hamilton ON L8P 4N9
Poet in the School
Strecker is a widely published poet, freelance writer, critic,
columnist, photographer and editor. He is a professor of English at Sheridan
College, and Intensive Journal Consultant with Dialogue House in New York who
gives workshops on human development, co-publisher of Mini Mocho Press, and
editor of ten books of poetry, fiction, and biography. His seven books of poetry
include Black (on black jazz musicians) and Pas de Vingt (on
ballet), both with illustrations by Harold Town and Recipes for Flesh on
environment and animal rights. He has given many poetry readings, creative
writing workshops, Intensive Journal Workshops, and has done reading tours and
writer-in-residence appointments under the Canada Council, and has appeared
regularly on CBC radio. Strecker is the 1992 recipient of the Hamilton Arts
Award for contribution to the arts. He holds an M.A. in Drama from the
University of Toronto.
Grade Levels: College, University
Strecker's flexible and
adaptable approach is intended to help students think of themselves as creative
writers and he uses various exercises from his book-in-progress on writing and
from the Intensive Journal Workshop as the needs of each group dictate. Included
are activities in imagination development, co-writing, editing, reading, and
writing in poetry, drama, and fiction or non-fiction prose. Strecker also reads
from his own works and discusses the history of each poem and the creative
process that produced it, answering questions about writing, editing,
publishing, and education as they arise. Students from secondary and
post-secondary institutions are preferred.