Monday, September 8, 2008

Fall 2008 Open Text Reading Series @ CapU

The Open Text Reading Series is brought to you by Capilano U’s Creative Writing Program, the Canada Council, and the Department of English. In its second year, the series has featured the work of Peter Culley, Marie Annharte Baker, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Jamie Reid, Maxine Gadd, Ken Belford, George Bowering, Rob Budde, Louis Cabri, Jeff Derksen, Si Transken, Lissa Wolsak, Rita Wong, Oana Avasilichioaei, Claire Huot, Larissa Lai, Reg Johanson, Robert Majzels, Darren Wershler-Henry, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Anne Stone, Donato Mancini, and Louis Rastelli. Many Open Text writers are also featured in the forthcoming anthology Open Text: Canadian Poetry in the 21st Century, published by Capilano University Editions (CUE), a new press dedicated to documenting, supporting, and broadening innovation in contemporary Canadian arts and culture.

Fall 2008

Thurs Sept. 25 11:30 - 1 LB 321
CLINT BURNHAM is a Vancouver writer and teacher. His books include Rental Van (poetry, Anvil, 2007), Smoke Show (novel, Arsenal Pulp, 2005), Buddyland (poetry, Coach House, 2000), Airborne Photo (short stories, Anvil, 1999), and Be Labour Reading (poetry, ECW, 1997). Work has also appeared in The Capilano Review, Open Letter, Queen Street Review, Pyramid Power, UE, and fhole. He teaches in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University.

Thurs Oct 23 11:30 - 1 LB 321
Poet and critic STEVE COLLIS is the author of three books of poetry, Mine (New Star 2001) and Anarchive (New Star 2005), which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and The Commons (Talonbooks 2008). His essays on contemporary poetry and poetics have appeared in many Canadian and American journals, and he is the author of two book-length studies, Phyllis Webb and the Common Good (Talonbooks 2007) and Through Words of Others: Susan Howe and Anarcho-Scholasticism (ELS Editions 2006). A member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, he teaches American literature, poetry, and creative writing at Simon Fraser University.

Thurs Oct 30 11:30 - 1 LB 321
RENEE RODIN, poet and visual artist, was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She came to Vancouver in the 60s and in the 80s began R2B2 Books along with its reading series which she ran for 8 years. Rodin is the author of Bread and Salt (Talonbooks, 1996) and the chapbook Ready for Freddy (Nomados, 2005).

Thurs Nov 6 2:30 - 4 LB 194
WAYDE COMPTON is a Vancouver writer whose books include 49th Parallel Psalm, Performance Bond and Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature. He and Jason de Couto perform turntable-based sound poetry as a duo called The Contact Zone Crew. Compton is also a co-founding member of the Hogan's Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the public memory of Vancouver's original black community. He is also one of the publishers of Commodore Books. Compton teaches in Simon Fraser University's Writing and Publishing Program, where he is a creative writing instructor in The Writer's Studio; he also teaches English composition and literature at Coquitlam College. He is currently the Writer-in-Residence at SFU (2007-08).

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