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Adeena Karasick is a New York–based, Canadian poet, performer, cultural theorist, and media artist and the author of seven books of poetry and poetics. Her Kabbalistically inflected, urban, Jewish, feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard) and “proto-ecstatic jet-propulsive word torsion” (George Quasha), noted for their “cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory” (Charles Bernstein) and “a twined virtuosity of mind and ear which leaves the reader deliciously lost in Karasick’s signature ‘syllabic labyrinth’” (Craig Dworkin). Most recently is This Poem (Talonbooks, 2012) and The Medium is the Muse: Channeling Marshall McLuhan (NeoPoiesis Press, 2014). She teaches Literature and Critical Theory at the Pratt Institute.
The Adeena Karasick Archive has just been established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University. In honour, Karasick will read/perform her work.
Thursday, February 23
12:30 p.m. (lunch time)
Special Collections, W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
More info here.
Sunday, February 26 (3–5 p.m.): Publication release & reading with Anahita Jamali Rad , Alayna Rasile Digrindakis, Catie Hannigan, Molly Schaeffer, and Ricki Dwyer
more information available “here”;https://www.facebook.com/events/1119951764817775/
On view February 2–February 26, 2017
“Text means Tissue” is an exhibition exploring intersections of the body, cloth, and language, with a focus on femininity. The exhibition features woven textiles by Francesca Capone and a collaborative sculpture with LikeMindedObjects, and is accompanied by a publication of the same title comprised of writings and textiles from over thirty artists, centered on women’s relationships with cloth. Parallels between textile and feminine nature are numerous, and appear repeatedly throughout history and art. Textiles have functioned as a surface onto which women have expressed their experiences and, more functionally, clothed and protected themselves and their families. “Text means Tissue” proposes that the articulation of ideas in cloth and writing are interchangeable as modes of feminine expression. Through this expanded use of language, the project creates a contemporary framework for a dialogue that women have been shaping for centuries.
With contributing artists: Alexandra Barlow, Anna-Sophie Berger, Jen Bervin, Amaranth Borsuk, Tess Brown-Lavoie, Charity Coleman, Corina Copp, Elizabeth Crawford, Alayna Rasile Digrindakis, Ricki Dwyer, Catie Hannigan, Marwa Helal, Emily Hunt, Lucy Ives, Rin Johnson, Mariette Lamson, Sophia Le Fraga, Monica McClure, Helen Mirra, Katy Mongeau, Kristen Mueller, Vi Khi Nao, Patricia No, Antonia Pinter, Anahita Jamali Rad, Emmalea Russo, Molly Schaeffer, Martha Tuttle, Rachel Valinsky, Cecilia Vicuña, Rosmarie Waldrop, Tali Weinberg, and Laura A. Warman.
Francesca Capone is a visual artist, poet, and textile designer. Her book Writing in Threads (2015) focuses on textile poetics and is available through Printed Matter. She has exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery in London, LUMA/Westbau in Switzerland, Textile Arts Center in NYC, and 99¢ Plus Gallery in Brooklyn. She has been an artist in residence at the Anni and Josef Albers Foundation, Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West, and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. More of her published work can be found at Gauss PDF, Tunica Magazine, Poor Claudia, Petrella’s Imports, and in The New Concrete from Hayward Press. Her academic work includes lectures and workshops at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Reed College, University of Washington, and Alberta College of Art and Design, among others.
At the Word Arts LIVE! event this Sunday in Surrey, join jost Virginia Gillespie to enjoy the work of featured artists Sylvia Taylor, Wanda John-Kehewin, Kat Wahamaa, and Art Pouchet, followed by a few surprise readings and presentations at the Open Mic.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Media Room (Upstairs), The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Ave.
More info here
Michel Tremblay’s classic will run in French, with English surtitles on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and with post-show talk-back on Fridays.
February 28–March 11
Studio 16 (1555 West 7th Avenue)
Vancouver, British Columbia
About the play: In the Quebec of the 1970s, Serge returns home avec a three-month trip to Europe. There, he finds, unchanged, his hypochondriac aunts, his deaf father, and his older sister, for whom he remains an object of desire. Family life plods along inexorably until Serge decides to stop listening to the whining, the reprimands, the monologues. Instead, he speaks, and finds the words to express the inexpressible.
Information and tickets are available here.
UWinnipeg hosts the Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at the University of Winnipeg from Thursday March 2 to Saturday, March 4, 2017. The conference begins with a fundraising dinner for the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence program that includes an address by Katherena Vermette, UWinnipeg’s 2017 Writer-in-Residence. Tickets for the dinner cost $40 (or $25 for students); however the conference — which takes place Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 — is free and open to all.
Friday March 3
3:30-4:30 — Readings by poets Steven Ross Smith and Talon poet “Garry Thomas Morse:http://talonbooks.com/authors/garry-thomas-morse
Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at UWinnipeg
Thursday, March 2 – Saturday, March 4
University of Winnipeg
Readings by poets Steven Ross Smith and Garry Thomas Morse
Friday, March 3
Room 2M70 (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall)
The full conference schedule and more information are available here.
Morris Panych’s classic 7 Stories will run in Toronto in March!
March 3–11, 2017
Hart House Theatre
Tickets and more info available here.
The Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar opens its 2017 Exhibition Schedule with two shows that explore migration and settlement through the perspective of East Asian Canadian artists who reference the West Kootenays. Plant Memory and High Muck a Muck both open March 3 at 7 p.m. and run until April 15.
The exhibitions will open on March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Kootenay Gallery of Art. They are free to attend and everyone is welcome. Paul Gibbons, partner of Tsuneko Kokubo, will be on hand to play ambient music at the opening. There will be opportunities to hear artists speak about the exhibitions. The Kootenay Gallery of Art is located next to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, across from the Wests Kootenay Regional Airport If you are unable to attend the opening, the Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation and members are free.
High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese returns to the Kootenays, where it premiered at the Oxygen Art Centre in 2013. This interactive media installation explores the theme of Chinese immigration to British Columbia, both historical and contemporary and the tensions that exist between them. The exhibition is largely directed by the viewers who participate in an historical Chinese lottery game resulting in the projection of a fortune. The random nature of the fortune reflects the uncertainties faced by new immigrants and often echo the tradition of Chinese proverbs and fortune telling. Directed by long-term Kootenay resident Nicola Harwood, participating artists in the project include former Nelson resident Fred Wah , Jin Zhang, Thomas Loh, Bessie Wapp, Tomoyo Ihaya, Phillip Djwa, Hiromoto Ida, Patrice Leung and Harwood herself.
Mission Writers and Readers Festival
Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 10 AM – 4 PM
UFV Mission Campus, Heritage Park Centre
33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission BC
Registration: $40 ($20 for students) – includes lunch! Register here .
Jordan Abel will be doing a workshop titled “Is this even poetry!?”: Found Text, Appropriation, and the Art of Conceptualization
Centaur Theatre Company presents You Will Remember Me, written by François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore, and directed by Roy Surette.
Synopsis: Venture into Edouard’s slowly changing world, where the highly respected professor, political figure and ladies’ man can recite famous historical dates but can’t remember what he ate for breakfast. When a suppressed memory springs to life in the form of a cell phone-obsessed young girl he confuses for a lost family member, he gets a chance to reinvent the past and heal old wounds. A touching and refreshingly funny story about family, memory, and connection.
March 7 to April 2, 2017
For tickets and more information, see the Centaur Theatre website.
March 8-12, 2017
Vancouver, BC (unceded Coast Salish territories)
The Growing Room Festival is Room magazine’s inaugural literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists.
Talon authors Jonina Kirton and Meredith Quartermain will be reading…
Making Space for Women
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30pm – 10pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House (1450 West 64th Avenue) | Entry By Donation
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia will be doing a workshop…
Can’t Lit Live!
Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli with guests Juliane Okot Bitek and Leah Horlick
March 12, 7:00pm–9:00pm | Free entry, drinks by donation | The Rooftop @ 24 West 4th Avenue
Can’t Lit is a podcast on “all things Canadian and Literature” created by Vancouver writers Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli. Each episode, the writers interview a Canadian writer about their latest book, the best (and worst) parts of being a writer, and the frustrations of dealing with the “CanLit” institution—with hilarious and irreverent results. After the success of their first live recording last fall, Can’t Lit is coming to Growing Room! Join Del Bucchia and Zomparelli for an evening of wit and literature as they chat with guests Juliane Okot Bitek and Leah Horlick.
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is a new festival hosted by Room magazine and celebrating more than 40 diverse Canadian writers and artists in more than 20 events. Among the line-up are acclaimed writers Amber Dawn, Evelyn Lau, Lorna Crozier, Audrey Thomas, Jen Sookfong Lee, Hiromi Goto, Betsy Warland, and Rachel Hartman, who’ll share the stage with a host of other established and up-and-coming names.
March 8, 11, 12, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia
Talon poet Jónína Kirton participates in the Poetry Free-For-All alongside Cyndia Cole, Junie Désil, Leah Horlick, Chelene Knight, Evelyn Lau, Alex Leslie, Alessandra Naccarato, and Beni Xiao on March 12 at 3:30 PM in Multipurpose Room #4 at Creekside Community Centre. About the event: Don’t read much poetry? That’ll change after this event. Say hello to nine of Vancouver’s most inspiring poets as they take to the stage for a feminist poetry extravaganza. These wordsmiths will take you to far away places and reveal the secrets of the human heart, with a kaleidoscopic array of verse that spans various genres and styles.
Talon editor Shazia Hafiz Ramji reads Judith Fitzgerald
March 12th, 2017
VPL Central Branch
Details on the Dead Poets Reading Series site.
Canada’s foremost poets Colin Browne, Daphne Marlatt, and former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah read from their work, exemplifying the contemporary landscape of Canadian poetry. Poets share insight into how their diverse backgrounds as filmmakers, novelists, and scholars inform their own poetics and contribute to the diverse tapestry of Canadian literature. Moderated by Paolo Javier.
March 16, 2017
Admission: $10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members
More info on poetshouse.org.
WINNERS AND LOSERS U.S. TOUR DATES CONFIRMED!
March 24–26, 2017
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison St.
Tickets and info available here.
Meet Cecily Nicholson, upcoming speaker at TEDxECUAD! Cecily is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She belongs to the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and is a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University. Cecily is the author of “Triage” and “From the Poplars”, winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry. Come see Cecily Nicholson present at TEDxECUAD! Limited amount of tickets now available at http://www.tedxecuad.com/tickets
Books! Wine! So much cheese! Save the date!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Pyatt Hall (Vancouver School of Music)
Vancouver, British Columbia
ONLY DRUNKS AND CHILDREN TELL THE TRUTH
by DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR
May 4–13, 2017
Kamloops, British Columbia
More information available on the Western Canada Theatre website.
Stephen Collis will be reading alongside Sarah Deleeuw at Cafe Voltaire on Tuesday, May 16th.
More information to come
Centaur Theatre will host the much-anticipated remount of Tableau D’Hôte’s production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna, which swept the METAs in 2015. Eloi ArchamBaudoin and Davide Chiazzese will reprise their roles as the trans heroine and her gone-to-seed biker boyfriend.
July 6 to 23, 2017
Read more about the Centaur’s 2016-7 season in the Montreal Gazette.
Save the date
is the 2017 Festival of Readers!
The Festival of Readers: St. Catharines is a new, annual event designed to celebrate the love of reading and help to build a literary culture in the Niagara regions.
Talon poet Stephen Collis will be reading at the festival.
More details here
more details to come
From 1988 until the end of 2016, Salt-Water Moon was in print with its original yellow cover, which featured now-outdated type design and a production still from one of the original productions of this sweet play. Now, as the play experiences something of a revival, and as the book goes into its eighth printing, we are pleased to show off the newly redesigned cover of Salt-Water Moon.Thursday February 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By Carl Peters
On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters, recently the author of Studies in Description, to an audience of about 100 attendees at the Modern Languages Association convention in Philadelphia, PA, on January 7, 2017.
Look, I realize that my abstract is more than an abstract but what follows is just a small part of what I could do. I’m going to talk around Hemingway’s greatest achievement, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” presenting my comments as a Cubist meditation on the Modern Condition (with reference to Duchamp and some others)…Thursday January 19, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. It premiered in Vancouver in 2016 and was nominated for six Jessie Richardson Awards, and Tetsuro Shigematsu is currently touring Empire of the Son across Canada. Empire of the Son is also the first Talon book to be published in the Spring 2017 season – it’s now available! – and we invite you to read brief but tantalizing excerpts on Meta-Talon.Sunday January 1, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Happy (Gregorian) New Year! On this occasion, while you are perhaps nursing a hangover or traveling or making resolutions, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.
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