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2017 Lahey Lecture & Poetry reading

*Co-sponsored by the Department of English, Friday, September 29, 2017, 4PM & 7PM, Hall Building, Room 763, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W

Fred Moten is Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine), The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press), The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions) and a three-volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press).




 Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 7PM, Location TBA

Durga Chew-Bose has written for publications including The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Hairpin, Rolling Stone, GQ, The New Inquiry, n+1, Interview, Paper, and Hazlitt. She will present her first book, Too Much and Not the Mood FSG 2017.

Haley Mlotek is a writer/editor based in New York. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, T Magazine, The National Post, The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, Little Brother, Hazlitt, The Walrus among others



DAPHNE MARLATT & ERIN MOURE: Celebrating Feminist Experimentation.

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7PM, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Marlatt “is self-reflexively a West Coast, deconstructionist, lesbian and feminist writer,” and author of more than twenty books. She is known for her “etymological deconstruction and wordplay,” her dedication to the “local, historical, feminist, and post-colonial.”

Moure is one of our most beloved experimental poets. Author, translator, and translator of more than twenty books she is here to celebrate Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure.




*Co-Sponsored by the Department of Irish Studies. Friday, November 3, 2017, 7PM, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Playwright Marina Carr’s works include “By the Bog of Cats”, “On Raftery’s Hill” and an adaptation of “Anna Karenina.” She recently won the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama.


Friday, November 17, 2017, 7PM, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Mayr is the author of MonocerosMoon Honey, The Widows, and Venous Hum. Monoceros was longlisted for the Giller Prize. Suzette Mayr is here to present her most recent novel, Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall, a ‘manic, queer, and hallucinatory farce.’




*Co-Sponsored by the Université de Montréal
March 2018 Dates & Room TBA

Dutton is the author of Attempts at a Life, SPRAWL (a finalist for the Believer Book Award), and the novel Margaret the First. She is the founder and publisher of the small press Dorothy.

Gladman’s books include Event Factory, The Activist, Juice, and Arlem, and Prose Architectures. Her experimental poetry and prose have been associated with the New Narrative movement.


SAVE THE DATE: Off The Page (March 15th – 17th, 2018)

Off The Page is a literary festival run by undergraduate and graduate students from several departments. This March, the festival will feature readings by Sean Michaels, Madeleine Thien, Karen Solie, Will Aitken and more. Panels will be announced in late January.

Dates are subject to change. For updates and details find us online.


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Writers Read is one of a long tradition of diverse literary reading series at Concordia University and has recently hosted such authors as Mary Ruefle, Ben Lerner, Dionne Brand, and Roxane Gay. In previous years readings and masterclasses included Lynn Coady, Jonathan Goldstein, Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman, Lydia Davis, Roddy Doyle, Mary Gaitskill, Tanya Tagaq, Christian Bök, Rae Armantrout, Emma Donoghue, Charles Bernstein, Gail Scott, and George Elliott Clarke. Writers read is supported by the Faculty of Arts & Science at Concordia University and the English Department.



Contact: Marlene Oeffinger

Email: writersreadconcordia[at]gmail[dot]com

Interested attendees can find more information, archival footage from previous readings, and updates on upcoming events at our website,, and follow Writers Read on Twitter (@CUWritersRead) and Facebook (writersreadconcordia).

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