Margaret Christakos’ popular poetry+poets course, Influency, has been a generative hub in Toronto the last few years. This week, Margaret and many excellent folks launched an online journal called Influency Salon, packed with poetry and commentary. The site also includes a new poem by me.
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Tonight at Christ Church Deer Park in Toronto (8pm, March 2nd, 1570 Yonge St.), Barnyard Records releases three new CDs from William Parker; Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, and Jim Lewis; and Christine Duncan’s Element Choir. All aforementioned folks will perform at this event.
I joined Christine’s Element Choir, a fascinating social experiment in vocal improvisation and non-traditional conduction techniques, in 2007. The Choir has a revolving group of participants with a range of sonic skill and interest. In March 2009, we recorded our debut CD at Rosedale United Church in Toronto. The recording features over fifty vocalists, with pipe organ, trumpet, and percussion. Alisdair Jones snapped these photos of the recording sessions (photos accompanying this blog post are Alisdair’s).
Tonight, we’ll launch this new CD. The Choir, rumoured to be 70+ strong tonight, will also improvise. If you’re unable to make the performance, it will also be recorded by the CBC. Eye Weekly offers this lovely article and interview with Christine about the Choir.
While in Reykjavík this autumn 2009, I facilitated two creative writing workshops. Exercises ranged from automatic writing to erasure poetry, from homophonic translation to collaborative cut-ups. Online Canadian poetry journal ditch, has a special feature displaying texts that began in these workshops, composed by Icelandic writers Ásgeir H Ingólfsson, Kristín Kamban, Hjörvar Pétursson, Silja Hrund Barkardóttir Hansen, Jón Bjarki Magnússon, Jón Örn Loðmfjörð, Bragi Páll Sigurðarson, and Bjargey Ólafsdóttir. Thanks to John C. Goodman for requesting and displaying this special feature!
Online magazine and publisher Action, Yes! has posted their newest issue, which includes a section of Canadian poetry curated by françois luong. Contributors include Daniel Canty, Angela Carr, Jason Christie, Cris Costa, Sarah Dowling, Darren Wershler and Bill Kennedy, Ray Hsu, Sonnet L’Abbé, Chantal Neveu, glenN robsoN, Hector Ruiz, Jenny Sampirisi, Jordan Scott, Angela Szczepaniak, and François Turcot. The issue also includes ten poems from my work-in-progress Rule of Three, and I LOVE how it looks online here.
Derek McCormack guest-edited last year’s Halloween edition of Taddle Creek, and the entire issue is now available online for your reading pleasure. The issue includes a poem I wrote entitled “In.”
Toronto-based publisher BookThug has released a limited edition run of New Icelandic Poetry in Translation, featuring work by derek beaulieu, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, a.rawlings, and Hugh Thomas. My contribution is a poem from EFHILMNORSTUVWY in both English and in Icelandic; it’s my first attempt at translating from English to Icelandic.
Northeastern Ontario publisher Your Scrivener Press launches in Toronto’s Supermarket @ 7pm tonight the anthology Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry edited by Madhur Anand and Adam Dickinson. Contributors are Don McKay, Brian Bartlett, Jeanette Lynes, Michael deBeyer, Ross Leckie, Katia Grubisic, Robyn Sarah, Sina Queyras, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Margaret Christakos, a.rawlings, Ruth Roach Pierson, Erin Robinsong, Olive Senior, Maureen Scott-Harris, John Terpstra, Kemeny Babineau, Cornelia Hoogland, Karen Houle, Roger Nash, Alanna F. Bondar, Monique Chénier, Alison Calder, Mari-Lou Rowley, Christian Bök, Bert Almon, Lisa Robertson, Rhea Tregebov, Rita Wong, Rhonda Collis, Kim Goldberg, Jane Munro, and Jan Conn. My contribution in the anthology includes eight pages of previously unpublished work — an excerpt from my work-in-progress EFHILMNORSTUVWY, as well as three poems written specifically for Sudbury and comprised of found and recycled components.
The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC) publishes a journal called The Goose. Their spring 2009 issue (available as a downloadable PDF from this page) features an excerpt from the first section (“Environment Canada”) of my work-in-progress EFHILMNORSTUVWY. Lisa Szabo introduces the work.