Upcoming Poets House Events

North of Invention:

A Festival of Canadian Poetry

Leading Canadian poets at the cutting edge of contemporary practice address the history of sound poetry and performance, multilingualism, activism and other topics.

Co-presented with the Kelly Writers House & funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Saturday, January 22
• 2:00pm Welcome with Charles Bernstein & Sarah Dowling
• 2:30pm A Conversation with M. NourbeSe Philip
& Fred Wah
• 4:00pm A Conversation with Christian Bök
& Stephen Collis
• 5:30pm A Poetry Reading with Stephen Collis, Sarah Dowling, M. NourbeSe Philip, a.rawlings & Fred Wah
$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

Sunday, January 23
• 1:00pm A Conversation with Jeff Derksen
& Lisa Robertson
• 2:30pm A Conversation with a.rawlings & Jordan Scott
• 4:00pm A Poetry Reading with Christian Bök, Jeff Derksen, Lisa Robertson & Jordan Scott
$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

For more information about these poets, click here.

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6 opinions on “Upcoming Poets House Events”

  1. Whoever drew up this advertisement has a pretty dim view of the Canadian talent out there. Elitist academic bias, eh?

    Where is Penn Kemp, for example: sound poet active for the past 30 years, descendant of the 70s “The Four Horsemen”

  2. C.,

    What are you complaining about? a.rawlings, Lisa Robertson and Jordan Scott have no academic function. I don’t think M. NourbeSe Philip is connected to any university either. If you should complain about anything about this series of readings, it’s the lack of francophone Canadian poets.

  3. “If you should complain about anything about this series of readings, it’s the lack of francophone Canadian poets.”

    Agreed (among other things)!

    I’m thinking of Bök, Wah, Bernstein, etc etc. I’m sure one or two of the others are tied to academe in some ways.

    And, of course, what presents itself as “cutting edge ” comes “funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.”

    Nothing “cutting edge” ever came from writing classes or tax payers’ pockets.

  4. Conrad,

    Can you even name a francophone Canadian poet, not named Nicole Brossard or Emile Nelligan?

    I don’t see “cutting edge” and “funded by the Canada Council for the Arts” as mutually exclusive terms.

  5. Lovely to see Canadians debate, elbows out like a hockey game. For the record, as a Canadian taxpayer, I am less against the grants than I am against the “same old” club that receives them. That ought to put the puck in the corner. Heads up!

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