Sponsored by the English Dept. and the Creative Writing Program at Capilano University
The 2010 OPEN TEXT series at Capilano University continues on Thursday November 25th, with readings by Press Release Poetry Collective members Mercedes Eng and Cecily Nicholson.
11:30 am, Library 188
2055 Purcell Way
MERCEDES ENG is a graduate student at SFU, a member of the Press Release poetry collective, and a member of the Rocit Press poetry and publishing collective. Her first chapbook, February 2010, is a poem set in the context of the Vancouver Olympics and is a thinking through and responding to the media, advertising, censorship, art, nationalism, diversity of tactics, and issues of First Nations land rights. Her second chapbook, knuckle sandwich, uses documentary poetics to explore the language and discourse attending state violence against racialized women. Her current creative project considers sex-work in the Downtown Eastside, using non-standard English to explicate and to resist the ways in which victimhood is constructed.
CECILY NICHOLSON has worked with women of the downtown eastside community of Vancouver for the past ten years and is currently the Coordinator of Funds with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. She has collaborated most recently as a member of the VIVO Media Arts collective, the Press Release poetry collective and the No One is Illegal, Vancouver collective. Triage, a book of poetry, is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Spring 2011.