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Coach's Corner: Priscila Uppal

To inspire you as you compete in the Canada Writes Literary Triathlon, we're running tips on the art of sports writing all week. From the Canadian Olympic poet-in-residence: colourful characters abound when you look outside the athletes' circle.

image-uppal.jpg"Writing about sports doesn't need to mean writing only about athletes. The culture and industry of sport involves a diverse range of employment, everything from engineers to nutritionists to psychologists to statisticians to clothing designers. Each brings unique skills, vocabularies, and perspectives to sport, which can lead to unconventional literature and surprising literary possibilities."

Time Out London U.K. recently dubbed Priscila Uppal “Canada’s coolest poet.” As part of her position as the poet-in-residence for Canadian Athletes Now, she will be writing and publishing poems daily throughout the Games on the Literary Review of Canada website and the Canadian Athletes Now website. Her international publications include Ontological Necessities (shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize), Traumatology, and Winter Sport: Poems (written for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games).

Photo credit: Daniel Ehrenworth

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