Saturday, April 25, 2009



Sponsored by the Writer’s Union of Canada, The Canada Council for the Arts
& the Creative Writing Program at Capilano University

Open Text is pleased to present poet, historian, and editor Jordan Zinovich, who will read from a new work, “Chronicle of an Unverifiable Year,” followed by a screening of documentary film footage related to Richard Kempton’s book "Provo: Amsterdam's Anarchist Revolt" (Autonomedia). Provo activist and poet Hans Plomp will also be in attendance.

Tuesday, May 5th @ 7:30
Spartacus Books
684 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

JORDAN ZINOVICH was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. He left Canada in 1974, and since then has lived in Crete, England, France, Guinea Conakry, Holland, India, Spain, and New York City, where he now resides. He has published two historical biographies about personalities who opened the western Canadian north (“The Prospector: North of Sixty” and “Battling the Bay”); the critical anthology “Semiotext(e) CANADAs” (of which he was Project General Editor); the novel “Gabriel Dumont in Paris”; The Poetry Collections “Cobweb Walking,” “The Company I Keep,” and “Chronicle of an Unverifiable Year”; the poetic radio play “John Chapman’s Harvest”; and, most recently, “Tantric Panic,” a collection of Hans Plomp’s short stories translated from Dutch. His work has been translated into French and Dutch, with radio performances in New York and Amsterdam. At present he is a senior editor with the Autonomedia Collective, one of North America’s most notable underground publishing houses.

Born in Amsterdam in 1944, HANS PLOMP took an active part in the “Provo revolution” and in 1973 was part of the occupation of the village of Ruigoord, which for over 35 years has thrived as creative community of “spiritual anarchists” from different cultures and generations. He has published novels, stories, poems and essays, and organizes the annual Fiery Tongues festival of poetry and music at Ruigoord. He is also an avid traveler and has spent some five years in India, an account of which was published in English by Ekstasis Editions. Plomp has toured Europe and the U.S. with Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Ira Cohen, Gerard Malanga, Diana di Prima, Jack Micheline and Bob Kaufman. His work has also been collected in "Nine Dutch Poets" (City Lights, 1982).

For info:
Roger Farr
604.986.1911 (2291)