Author Readings

Heart of Wisdom Readers

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Anita Sinner, Erika Hasebe-Ludt, Carl Leggo, and Adrian McKerracher spoke at a day-long, special event workshop at Concordia University (Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Faculty of Arts and Science), “Living Creatively: Life Writing Methods of Storytelling, Poetry and Photography”. Eleven author readings were given in the afternoon by the following educators: Teresa Strong-Wilson, Bruce Hunter, G. Scott MacLeod, Christi Kramer, Sean Wiebe, Daniela Elza, GW Rasberry, Margaret Dobson, Alex Fidyk, Pauline Sameshima, and Denise Schelhase. These authors explored the emotional geography of the heart through a variety of lifewriting genres that had been presented in the book, A Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Empathetic Inquiry. In their first-person creative nonfiction, these writers engaged with wisdom seeking, wayfinding, and witnessing the stories that need to be told.

A description of each author and a video of their individual reading contribution at that event is available by clicking the author links above.

Following is a playlist of the eleven readings.



The author summary information provided on this page was garnered from the A Heart of Wisdom book which was published in 2012.  Since that time, some additional contributor information provided to the editors, has provided additional details. Filming of the contributing authors that read at Concordia for the workshop was provided by Paul Tom.  Find out more about his work at and

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