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Connie Kuhns


Connie Kuhns has a 40 year history as a writer, photographer, producer, broadcaster, lecturer and concert emcee.  Her essay “Strange Women,” a history of the women involved in Vancouver’s early punk scene (Geist 95), was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.  “Last Day in Cheyenne” (Geist 84) was named as a “Notable Essay of 2012” in The Best American Essay series and a finalist for a Western Magazine Award.  

As a music journalist, Connie was the producer and host of Rubymusic on CFRO in Vancouver (1981-1996) and host of the Rubymusic stage at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Her writing has been published in magazines and newspapers and produced on CBC television and radio. In 1983, she received the Dan MacArthur Award of Merit for Excellence in Radio News Broadcasting.

Her photographs have illustrated her interviews and essays, album and CD covers and a conceptual mail-out postcard project, “I AM HERE” (which also appeared in Geist 87).  Her first solo exhibition, True Nature’s Child, was held in 2013 at Chernoff Fine Art in Vancouver. In 1985 she was nominated for Best Graphics for Album Cover Design by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

For Ove, the central character in the film A Man Called Ove there is nothing ahead but frustration, disappointment and sadness. “It’s just chaos when you’re not here,” he says to his newly departed wife as he lays flowers on her grave. more

Reviews

Connie Kuhns' major profile of punk, politics and feminism in 1970s Canada: the Moral Lepers, the Dishrags and other revolutionary bands. more

Essays 1 Comments

Does a house that has been home to four generations of one family still hold their electricity? more

Dispatches 3 Comments

A flower child looks back, to the time between Motown and acid rock. more

Essays

The self-focussed approach of social media is channelled into the vintage correspondence of "Wish You Were Here." more

PHOTOGRAPHY

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Photo courtesy of Connie Kuhns.

Remembering her father's last days in a hospital in Wyoming, Connie Kuhns struggles with questions of mortality, memory and how to fulfill her father's dying wish. more

Essays 3 Comments

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