Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a writer, bookmaker and arts educator based in Toronto. She studied contemporary dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, received her B.A. as an English Specialist at the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto under the advisorship of award winning novelist, Anne Michaels. She also graduated from the Humber School of Writing. She is currently working on a novel written in letters to Amelia Earhart, a picture book based on The Love Lettering Project, and Happy Here: The DIY guide to loving where you live, a placemaking non-fiction book.
Lindsay’s work has been published in The Toronto Star, The Lampeter Review, Taddle Creek, the Temz Review, Descant, dandelion, Grain, filling Station, room of one’s own, the Dance Current Magazine. She has read through various reading series and festivals including the Pivot Reading Series, Art Bar Series, Eden Mills Writers Festival and the Hillside Festival. Her writing is also published in Where The Nights Are Twice As Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets, published by Goose Lane Editions and Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers, published in the UK by Frogmore Press and Pells Pool.
In 2009, she travelled to Vitteaux, France for a month-long writing residency at La Roche D’Hys and in 2010, she was awarded a month-long writing residency at The Art Farm in Nebraska, U.S.A. In 2012, she was one of four artists-in-residence at the Anne Portnuff Theatre in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. In 2013, she received funding from Access Copyright to spend time in Newfoundland, researching the sites of Amelia Earhart’s two trans-Atlantic flights.
She has also written text/scripts for dance pieces including Shannon Litzenberger’s HOMEbody and Sylvie Bouchard’s Histoire d’Amour. She also wrote WWI-based letters for Laurence Lemieux’s Dora Award-nominated Jusqu’a Vimy.
Lindsay is also a bookbinder and is the founding editor of Puddle Press, a limited edition book-art publishing house. Using new and experimental binding techniques and employing interactive, minimalist design, Lindsay’s books are currently housed in the National Library and Archives of Canada and the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library.
Lindsay also works as an arts educator, encouraging students in the community and in the school system to create without judgment, promoting the accessibility of language-based art. (More here!)
The Love Lettering Project has been deemed one of the 50 reasons to love Toronto by Toronto Life magazine and has been featured in international media, including The Atlantic’s CityLab, NPR, CBC Television’s The National, Global National News, CTV’s Canada AM, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera and World Report. (More press details here).
The Love Lettering Project travelled to New York City with Artery in February 2017 and pop-up events have been touring the U.S. with stops in Chicago, Boston, L.A. and Atlanta. The Love Lettering Project was the basis for the David Suzuki Foundation’s 2016 international 30×30 campaign and launched the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Weston Family Learning Centre in Toronto. Lindsay has also partnered with the Toronto Public Library system, the Toronto District School Board, Tourism Toronto, the Canadian High Commission in London, England, among others.
In 2018, Lindsay will be hosting the second year of her place-based creative writing program Writing The City at Parkdale Library and Annette Street Library, funded by the Ontario Arts Council. The project was featured at Parkdale’s Spring Festival in Toronto and will travel to Teresopolis, Brazil in July.