Archive for the ‘commutiny’ Category

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LitPop Award call for submissions

April 5, 2009

Affiliated with Pop Montréal, the second annual LitPop Award has posted their call for submissions. Heather O’Neill and I will judge this year’s entries. Full details here.

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Less Is More: The Poetics of Erasure

November 2, 2008

Simon Fraser University’s Art Gallery has opened an exhibit of erasure poetry, featuring work on display by:

Monica Aasprong • Andrea Actis • James Arthur • Oana Avasilichioaei • derek beaulieu • Jen Bervin • Rebecca Brown • Louis Cabri • Steve Collis • Jeff Derksen • Alexandra Dipple • Sarah Dowling • Jennifer Borges Foster • Jamie Hilder • Kristin Lucas • Michael Maranda/Parasitic Ventures Press • Erin Mouré • Tom Phillips • Kristina Lee Podesva • a.rawlings • Mary Ruefle • Susan Schuppli • Nick Thurston • Aaron Vidaver

The exhibit runs November 1st to December 12th. It includes “The Owls/Wolves of North,” an excerpt from my current work-in-progress EFHILMNORSTUVWY. During the first week of the exhibit, there will be a panel discussion and lunch-time talks.

The Capilano Review‘s newest issue focuses on work from the exhibit and includes artist statements. If you can’t make it to the exhibit, I’d suggest acquiring a copy of this issue.

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Dem said Barack Obama

October 17, 2008

I live in a bustling Toronto market where, daily, reggae is cranked by local stores. From 11am to 7pm, my home is soundpapered with positive revolutions from the neighbourhood DJs (and frequently the same songs are played over and over and over and…). The current market favourite is Cocoa Tea’s “Barack Obama.” (OBAMA!!)

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Mancini’s “Subjecthood and the Light Verb”

October 4, 2008

Sina Queyras invited me to write a “How Poems Work” guest blog on Donato Mancini’s visual poetry, and the result is accessible on her Lemon Hound blog!

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Department of Culture

September 5, 2008

In reaction to the Tory government’s recent announcement of arts-funding cuts: Department of Culture (visit the site, bookmark it, share it). The Toronto Star offers an article overviewing last night’s town hall meeting at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, where the Department of Culture was announced as a proactive response to the cuts. The Department of Culture website has already posted audio and video recordings of last night’s meeting.

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The Arcadia Project

August 17, 2008
Concert at Arcadia Coffeehouse

Concert at Arcadia Coffeehouse

Matt Ceolin, my Northern Ontario compatriot, bought an old, rundown building downtown Sault Ste. Marie in 2006 and spent the last two years renovating it into an arts centre (or, as he fondly calls it: social sculpture). During a recent visit to my northern home, I had the immense pleasure of getting to know The Arcadia Project, which includes a sizable coffeehouse, vegetarian eatery, art gallery, exotic knick-knacks shop, art and music studios, and apartments for young artists. Do check out the website; I helped build it over the past week and it’s chock-full of juicy history and news.

While I visited Arcadia, the Coffeehouse hosted community events, a few concerts (including Cobras, Cobras, Cobras and Colourbook), and the inaugural reading of a poetry series. The most impacting event I witnessed was a meeting for Womyn 4 Social Justice, in support of and bringing awareness to the Walk4Justice for missing and murdered women across Canada.

It’s so lovely to see Arcadia flourish in its early stages. The Arcadians are a deeply cool bunch of people, and I’m dreaming about my next northern visit. If you find yourself in the cool climes of Sault Ste. Marie, do stop by 823 Queen Street East. And if you’re on a book or music tour, do consider Arcadia a possible destination if you’re into intimate enthusiasms.

The dense magic of Arcadia intermingled with bug-thick Algoma summer put me in a creative mode, and I finally told Matt about EFHILMNORSTUVWY. As with Wide slumber, he’s into playing, and we spent hours brainstorming ways to approach glyphic morphology within our textual ecology.

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bluemouth link

July 24, 2008

I sit on the board of directors for experimental theatre company bluemouth inc., currently in Montreal rehearsing for their next production, The Dance Marathon. They’ve just revamped their website, and will post video and blogs during the rehearsal process over the next month. So exciting to get a window into the process as it develops; will be neat to witness what remains come next spring, when they debut the performance at Enwave Theatre.

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