By Jon Paul Fiorentino
I feel an intense connection to Winnipeg.
As a young
man, I was often off writing poetry at the St. Boniface Cathedral,
downtown streets or pubs, or over by the Legislative buildings. The city
spoke to me and it still does. The sense of community, that has always
been a part of my art and activism, is something that Winnipeg gave me. I
remember helping to organize a literary community in Winnipeg.
inspired so much by people like Catherine Hunter, Dennis Cooley, and Robert
Kroetsch. These people were my heroes. The way they treated me like a
fellow writer is the reason I eventually became a writer. Their
kindness, generosity, and warmth made me feel less alone. Their writing made
me feel less alone. I learned precisely what writing was when I lived
in Winnipeg, and it will always be home, no matter where I go.