Episode 8: Tom Cull & Erik Mandawe

Friday, April 28th, 7:30pm – 8:30pm @ 211 King Street (2nd floor), London

Tom Cull grew up in Huron County and now resides in London, where he teaches creative writing and serves as the city’s current Poet Laureate. Tom’s work has appeared in The New Quarterly and Word Hoard and is forthcoming in The Rusty Toque. His poems have been anthologized in Translating Horses (Baseline Press), 150 Stories (Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario), and a forthcoming MSU Press collection dedicated to water protection and social justice. His chapbook, What the Badger Said, was published in 2013 by Baseline Press, and his first book of poems, Bad Animals, will be published by Insomniac Press in Spring of 2018. Since 2012, Tom has been the director of Thames River Rally, a grassroots environmental group that he co-founded with his partner, Miriam Love, and their son, Emmett.

What The Badger Saw is Cull’s first book but these are seasoned poems. […He] has the Mark Twang story-teller in him. These all too few narrative poems are page turning marvels.” —Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry


Erik Mandawe is a proud urban First Nation man. While he grew up in Toronto, his family is from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in northeastern Alberta. He is Wolf Clan, and his traditional Cree name, Piyesiwak, translates to Thunder. He holds a Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto, where he studied world Indigenous and western forms of medicine and their application to health and wellness in Indigenous communities. Erik has travelled internationally to complete research in socio-cultural anthropology and archaeology in Siberia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is also an experienced professional actor and musician, having filmed with actors and musicians such as Jean Claude Van Damme, Susan Aglukark, and Drake.


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