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Jacob Scheier
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Jacob Scheier is a Governor General's Award-winning poet, journalist, and creative nonfiction writer. He is currently the WiR at the University of Manitoba's CCWOC.
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Jacob Scheier is the author of three poetry collections with ECW Press: the Governor General’s Award winning More to Keep us Warm (2007), Letter from Brooklyn (2013), and his most recent work Is This Scary? (2021), which explores the radical subjectivity of mental and physical illness. His poems have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the Walrus, Geist, and Prism International, and in the New Spice Box of the Earth: Contemporary Jewish Writing, published by U of T Press. Scheier's poems have also been nominated for a National Magazine Award and longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. He is also a journalist and creative nonfiction writer. His personal essays have appeared in Brick, Joyland, and the Globe and Mail—amongst other publications. Scheier is currently the Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba's Centre for Creative-Writing and Oral Culture.

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I wish I could say I hid books from my parents. They are/were intellectuals and my mother was a published author: I don’t think there would be a book that I would have felt the need to hide from them. I suppose since my father is Marxist-Leninist. out of spite, I ought to have secretly been reading Ayn Rand novels or the Bible.

“Why was shea Communist? Because she played the guitar.”—Leonard Cohen: The Favourite Game

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It is hard to pick one. But I will go with this: I worry we are increasingly becoming a society that for the sake of going “back to normal” is accepting of the idea that the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities are disposable. And so,what I really worry about is that, especially for people with disabilities (like myself), there are even darker times ahead.

These days, I want to be instrumental in a movement for disability justice to make people wake up to the passive eugenics of “Living with COVID.” I want this movement to parallel the incredible and world-changing activism of ACT-UP. I suppose it is more of a dream than a secret ambition.

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