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First Name Gavin
Last Name Barrett
Member Since February 1, 2019
Email gavinbarrett@gmail.com
City Toronto
State Ontario
Zipcode M4L 1P3
Country Canada
Company Barrett and Welsh
Pen Name
Branch Affiliation Toronto
Website https://gavinbarrett.com/
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Bio Writer and creative entrepreneur, Gavin Barrett co-founded the idea consultancy and brand advertising agency barrettandwelsh with Mike Welsh in 2003. In pursuit of big ideas, Gavin has: nibbled on pigs' ears (not on a live pig at the time); gone elephant-back in the Thai jungle; gambled in a Macau casino. His commercials have been shot by: Deepa Mehta, David Carson and Louis Ng. His poems: can be found in Penguin’s anthology of 14 contemporary Indian poets, Reasons for Belonging. His ads: have run in 35 countries. In the course of his travels he has collected a BA (econ.), an MA (eng. lit), and 100+ awards for his work. He is tolerated, occasionally, by his wife, 2 adult daughters and his scruffy cocker spaniel poodle. He lives in Toronto where he founded and co-curates The Tartan Turban Secret Readings, a literary reading series that promotes visible minority voices in Canadian literature. He cannot: sing.
Publications Understan (Mawenzi House, June 2020) is Gavin Barrett’s first collection of poems and spans some 35 years of his poetry. Understan is a CBC Books recommendation. In addition to Understan, Gavin’s poetry has been anthologized and published in many reputed literary journals. Or every Indian restaurant blues was published in Fresh Voices 18 (October 2019), the League of Canadian Poets quarterly. Julietta, good night; A fat woman’s dignity; Deccan; One Way Out and A Dream in a Train, of a Library were all published in Reasons For Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets, edited by Ranjit Hoskoté (Viking, 2002). Deccan and One Way Out were published in Folio, the literary monthly of The Hindu (January 2001). Apologia was published in the Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad Vol. 18, No. 1 (Fall 1999), edited by M.G. Vassanji. A fat woman’s dignity and Deccan have been previously published in the Poetry Circle’s journal Poiesis (Winter 1993 / Summer 1994). What Are Years was published in Vol. 50, Nos. 1-3, of the Indian P.E.N. magazine (January-March 1989), and Smoke In Your Hair was published in Vol. 2, No. 1, of the Bombay Poetry Circle’s quarterly newsletter, I to I (January/March 1990).
Other Memberships League of Canadian Poets, TWUC, Immigrant Writers Association,. POCAM, MMAC, RGD, Greenpeace
Genres Autobiography, Childrens Books, Fiction, Freelance, Nonfiction, Poetry, Religion & Spirituality, Scriptwriting
Available For Readings, Presentations, Workshops, Book Club Meetings, Speaking Engagements
Services Offered Book Reviews, Copywriting, Corporate Writing, Editing, Freelance Writing, Promotional Copy, Scriptwriting & Screenwriting, Storytelling, Web Content