Fonds MSS 402 (A2014-054) - Maara Haas fonds

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Maara Haas fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 402 (A2014-054)

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0.75 m. of textual & other material.

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Maara Haas (née Lazeczko) was born in Winnipeg on Feb. 12, 1920. Her father, Michael Lazeczko was the first Ukrainian-Canadian pharmacist. At the age of fifteen she received an IODE Laura Secord award for her essay “Let No Man Call Me Foreigner.” After studying journalism at the University of California (Berkeley) in 1939, she spent two years as a reporter and literary reviewer in the United States before returning to Winnipeg. In 1947 she was awarded First Prize by the Manitoba Poets' Society for her poem The Prodigal. In 1959 she was awarded a certificate of achievement (hramota) by the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences (UVAN) in Winnipeg for her efforts to popularize and translate the poetry of Taras Shevchenko into English.

Haas had a varied career as a poet, writer, playwright, actress and creative writing teacher. She had a chap book of her early poetry entitled Viewpoint: Collected Poems published by Ryerson Press in 1952. Over the years her work appeared in The Canadian Review of Literature, The Indian Record, The Washington Post and The Canadian Dimension. In 1976 McGraw Hill Ryerson published her first novel The Street Where I Live about growing up in Winnipeg's ethnically diverse North End. That same year her stage play Otherworlds/ Other Faces was produced by the Winnipeg YMCA. In the 1980's Haas taught creative writing in local schools, on Cree and Salteaux reservations at Oxford House and Grand Marais, and in Bermuda. Her second book, On Stage with Maara Haas (Lilith, 1986) consisted of short stories and poems. Turnstone Press published Why Isn't Everybody Dancing in 1990. The book was about slavery in Bermuda and expressed Maara’s grief after the loss of her daughter.

Maara Haas died on August 29th 2012.

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The fonds were donated by Haas' son Lloyd in 2014.

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The fonds consists of seven series including: Biographical information, literary career, creative writing classes, correspondence, research material, 9 photographs & 1 audiocassette.

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Donated by Lloyd Haas in 2014.


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Copyright restrictions may apply, please contact the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections for details.

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Created by Lewis Stubbs, December 2015.
Revised by Andrea Martin, December 2015.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 09 June 2017.

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