K. Brask is an accomplished dramaturge and author who has published
poetry, plays, short stories, essays and literary translations ... and more.
His translation (with Patrick Friesen) of Danish poet Ulrikka S. Gernes's
book, Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments, made the Canadian
shortlist of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's most
prestigious poetry awards.
Fictive Press has published three of Brask's poetry
Above Palm Canyon and
Other Places in the Mind and The
Tzaddik and other poems. In October, 2014, he launched his
translation of Andreas Simonsen's
Foundational Thoughts in Judaism at a joint event at McNally
Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg, Canada, where his wife,
Carol Matas, also
Tucson Jo, an historical novel for middle grades, which became a
2014 National Jewish Book Awards finalist. His second translation of a
Simonsen work, The Laws of Life,
was published by Fictive Press in October 2015. He completed his Simonsen
trilogy with the publication of
The Foundation of Ethics
Per Brask has taught in the Department
of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg since 1982.
His creative writing, essays and
translations have appeared in Anthropologica, Border Crossings,
Canadian Folklore, Canadian Theatre Review, C.G. Jung Page, Contemporary
Verse 2, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (where he also serves
on the editorial board), Danish Literary Magazine, Descant, Ecotone,
Eleven Eleven, Event, Grain, Journal of Dramatic Theory and
Criticism, The Literary Review, Malahat Review, Modern International
Drama, NeWest Review, Nexus, Performing Arts Journal, Poetica, Poetry
Canada Review, Poet Magazine, Poetry Kanto, Poetry Wales,
Prairie Fire, The Philosophers' Magazine, Quarterly Review, Rhubarb
Magazine and Zygote.
In book form: Power/lessness
(monologues, Turnstone Chapbooks,1987), Duets (short stories, with
George Szanto, Coteau, 1989), DramaContemporary: Scandinavia
(plays, ed., PAJ, 1989), Double Danish (short stories, ed. and
trans., Cormorant, 1991), Aboriginal Voices: Amerindian, Inuit and Sami
Theatre (essays, plays and interviews, ed. with William Morgan, Johns
Hopkins UP, 1992), God's Blue Morris: A Selection of Poems by Niels
Hav (ed. and trans. with Patrick Friesen, Crane Editions, 1993),
Contemporary Issues in Canadian Theatre and Drama (essays, ed.
Blizzard Publishing, 1995), Essays on Kushner's Angels (ed.
Blizzard Publishing, 1995), The Woods by Klaus Høeck (poems, trans.
with Patrick Friesen, Crane Editions, 1998), Seven Canons (plays by
Canadian women ed. with Martin Bragg and Roy Surrette, Playwrights Canada
Press, 2000), Two Plays by Ulla Ryum (trans. Adler & Ringe, 2001),
A Sudden Sky: Selected poems by Ulrikka S. Gernes (ed. and trans.
with Patrick Friesen, Brick Books, 2001), We Are Here, a collection
of poems by Niels Hav (ed. and trans. with Patrick Friesen, Book Thug,
2006), Copenhagen, a collection of short stories by Katrine Marie
Guldager (trans., Book Thug, 2009), Performing Consciousness (ed.
with Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Cambridge Scholars Publsihing, 2010) , A
Spectator, a collection of ekphrastic poems (Fictive Press, 2012), Above
Palm Canyon and Other Places in the Mind,
poems, (Fictive Press, 2013), Foundational Thoughts in Judaism by
Andreas Simonsen, philosophy (ed. and trans. Fictive Press, 2014), The
Laws of Life by Andreas Simonsen (ed. and trans. Fictive Press, 2015),
and Frayed Opus for Strings and Wind Instruments, a collection of
poems by Ulrikka S. Gernes (trans. with Patrick Friesen, Brick Books,
His activities, apart from teaching,
focus on creative writing, rranslation and Judaic studies. He participates
a working group of University of Winnipeg faculty and students engaged in
interdisciplinary research concerning secularism and secularization within
the liberal arts.