Chris Pannell is part of the organizing committee for Hamilton’s annual gritLiT literary festival. He also runs the New Writing Workshop through Hamilton Artists Inc., one of Canada’s leading artist-run centres. He has published three poetry books: Drive (2009), Under Old Stars (2002) and Sorry I Spent Your Poem (1999). He won the Arts Hamilton Poetry Book Award in 2010 for Drive and won the Hamilton & Region Arts Council poetry book award in 1997 for a set of poetry broadsheets entitled Fractures, Subluxations and Dislocations. Before his reading, he will be presented with the 2010 Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award by Jeff Seffinga. In a former life, Pannell was a professional technical writer, editor, and systems analyst. Additionally he has worked as a musician, bus driver, sales person, bird breeder, music archivist, and paperboy for The Globe and Mail. He continues to read the Globe, first thing every morning.