Archive for February, 2010


Toronto: CoexisDance

February 21, 2010

This Saturday, February 20th, CoexisDance holds their 26th performance at Somewhere There (340 Dufferin St., enter from Melbourne Ave.) in this improvisation series that pairs movers with sounders. I’ll perform collaborative vocal improvisations in the first set, alongside D. Alex Meeks, Rod Campbell, and Corrin Adams. Most of the evening’s performers have ties with The Element Choir as well, so here’s your chance to see extended intimate sets.


Wide slumber en français

February 20, 2010

Fusées Vol. 15 (April 2009), a literary publication out of France, has published two poems from my book Wide slumber for lepidopterists, translated into French by François Luong. Both French and English versions of the poems appear in the journal.


Voice and Movement Workshop with Susanna Hood

February 20, 2010

Join Susanna Hood for a voice and movement play lab exploring exercises drawn from a combination of Ruth Zaporah’s work ‘Action Theater’ and Stephanie Skura’s ‘Open Source Forms’.

“The practice of Action Theater incorporates the disciplined exploration of embodied exercises that lead to increased skills of strong, clear, spontaneous, and artful communication… addresses and expands the vocabularies of expression including: movement, vocalization, and speech.” — Ruth Zaporah


The workshop is ideal for anyone interested in exploring voice and movement, whether or not you have previous experience. Wear comfortable clothing.


February 20, 10am to 1pm @ Dovercourt House, 2nd floor (805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto)

February 27, 2pm to 5pm @ Dovercourt House, 2nd floor (805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto)

March 6, 4pm to 7pm @ Pia Bouman School (6 Noble St., Toronto)

March 13, 4pm to 7pm @ Pia Bouman School (6 Noble St., Toronto)

March 20, 4pm to 7pm @ Pia Bouman School (6 Noble St., Toronto)


Workshop costs $30 on a drop-in basis, or $25/session for the full series ($125 total). We appreciate pre-registration for each class, so we can optimally prepare for your participation. To register or if you have questions, please contact Angela Rawlings,


Susanna has been teaching and coaching individuals and groups in voice and movement integration since 1999. She has been studying Action Theatre with Ruth Zaporah since 2006, and has an ongoing practice based in Ruth’s work with Montreal-based Sarah Bild, a dancer, choreographer, and certified Action Theatre teacher. Under the guidance of Stephanie Skura, Susanna is also currently training to integrate Open Source Forms (OSF) into her teaching practice. OSR is an ‘open source’ system, focused on creative empowerment of the individual, and guided by the philosophy that the source of creativity and wisdom is available in each of us. OSR is based on decades of continuing research and practice in movement, improvisation and performance, and is also inspired by some of the intrinsic ideas and spirit of Skinner Releasing. Though the play lab will mainly use Action Theatre and Open Source Forms exercises as points of entry for play, Susanna will also be drawing on other modalities such as OSR to facilitate the sessions.


Toronto: Reading with Linh Dinh

February 3, 2010

Tonight, 2 February 2010, 7pm: A special literary event at This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (88 Nassau St., in Kensington Market), featuring Vietnamese-American poet Linh Dinh and local poets a.rawlings and Angela Szczepaniak.

Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), and five books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009). His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007 and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among many other places. Linh Dinh is also the editor of the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (2001), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). Blood and Soap was chosen by the Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004.

“Reading Linh Dinh is a tonic and a revelation. His poems might have taken off the top of Dickinson’s head, and then some. Linh Dinh raids and reinvents the language with an ardor bordering on delirium.” — Rachel Loden

“Linh Dinh’s is a unique voice in contemporary American literature. He writes with the raging wit and the soul of a poet.” — Jessica Hagedorn

“Linh Dinh is one of the most consistently surprising writers around. One can find sources & roots for his writing, explain the traces of surrealism through the presence, say, of the French in Vietnam (tho they were driven out a decade before he was born), note that he is hardly the only good or successful Vietnamese American poet, let alone the only poet to come from a working class background, yet he is not writing “about” or even “toward” nor “from” any one of these contexts so much as he is through them – they are lenses, filters, that condition his perspective on everyday life. Imagine what any other poet with this strong a sense of form would have had to become in order to write such poetry. Ted Berrigan, for example. Berrigan shares Linh’s class background, which enables him to be as ruthless in a different way as Linh is in his. But the comparison stops there. Linh is writing straightforward poetry, but from a perspective shared by almost no one else. This kind of exile is far deeper than mere geography. Reading Borderless Bodies, you can feel Linh’s deep loneliness on every page & realize that there are aspects of his poetry that you can’t find anywhere else. We probably haven’t had a writer this singular since the death of William Burroughs.” — Ron Silliman

a.rawlings is a poet, editor and multidisciplinary artist. In 2001, she received the bpNichol Award for Distinction in Writing upon graduating from York University. rawlings co-organized the Lexiconjury Reading Series, worked for The Mercury Press, and has lead copious writing workshops. Her first book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006), received an Alcuin Award for Book Design. rawlings recently received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship; she has used it to spend time in Belgium and Iceland developing three new manuscripts and collaborating on sound and kinetic poetry. rawlings continues to split her life experiences between Belgium, Canada, and Iceland.

Congenitally ornithophobic, Angela Szczepaniak predictably became a writer. Her books include the gruesomely illustrated Unisex Love Poems, and the typeface-cartoon extravaganza The QWERTY Institute of Cosmetic Typographical Enhancement (forthcoming).

Admission to this event is FREE. But we will pass the hat – the magical hat.


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