“If I could pick any other occupation to try,” says Diane Schoemperlen, “I would be a visual artist.” Known for her highly original experiments with form, Diane has been exploring the relationship of words to images ever since the 1984 release of her first book, Double Exposures, which combined family photographs with text.
Since then, she has published four critically acclaimed books of short fiction and three novels—one of which, In the Language of Love, uses the 100 stimulus words of the standard psychological Word Association Test to tell the life story of a collage artist. In doing research on that art form for the novel, Diane became more and more interested in making collages herself; she has been making them intermittently ever since.
Diane’s passion to understand the interaction between visual images and words eventually led to Forms of Devotion, her Governor–General’s Award winning collection of illustrated stories. Forms of Devotion has been published in the United States, Spain, Korea, and the UK, and has been adapted as a stage play and performed at Toronto’s Fringe Theatre.
Diane’s latest book, At a Loss for Words: A Post–Romantic Novel, is “a laugh– out–loud anti–love letter,” says the National Post. “As Schoemperlen holds the mirror up to us, we can’t help but see that love is always archetypal and banal at the same time.”
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Diane also lived in Alberta before moving to Kingston. In 2008, she received the Marian Engel Award for a body of work by a writer in mid–career from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. In 2011-2012, she will be Writer in Residence at Queen’s University.