Audio Archive: Roxane Gay & Rachel Zellers

Writing these essays was of acknowledging my existence that you just don’t see written about all too often. The black experience is often times limited to a one very specific type of story and I think that we have to broaden our cultural understanding of what it means to be black. –Roxane Gay talking about Bad Feminist with Rachel Zellers.

From October 22, 2015. Co-Sponsored by Librarie Drawn & Quarterly.


Sound Archive: Jordan Tannahill on Mental Real Estate


Jordan Tannahill joined us on 25 September 2015 at the VAV Gallery to read and discuss his book, Theatre of the Unimpressed. In this clip he discusses mental real estate, the value of impermanence, and Videofag. Shout out to Jacob Wren.

Complete sound archives will be updated soon. In the mean time follow us on Soundcloud for excerpts of our 2015 Fall Season. More to come from Paula Meehan, Major Jackson, Dina Del Bucchia & Daniel Zomparelli, and Roxane Gay in conversation with Rachel Zellers and more.

George Murray’s Diversion In His Own Words

georgemurray“Diversion is essentially an abstract diary of what it means to be distracted. Because of its focus on declarative statements, it resembles in some ways a book of aphorisms, but perhaps a book of aphorisms in the middle of an acid trip or on a ‘roid-rage bender. It’s an angry and funny book about the shrinking space and time available for quiet reflection and subsequently our dwindling ability to distinguish what’s profound from what’s mundane.” ––George Murray

Read the full interview from Open Book Toronto here. 

Come see George Murray & Elisabeth Di Mariaffi read at Concordia on November 17th, 7pm, John Molson Building, The Floating Box, room 2.130 (1450 Rue Guy).

ROM COM: Dina & Daniel, Tomorrow at 2PM

Tomorrow afternoon, Concordia’s Writers Read is thrilled to be hosting the West Coast poetry duo of Dina del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli. They’re stopping by as part of their book tour for Rom Com (Talon Books, 2015), which is an exploration both of the romantic comedy genre itself and so-called real life through the lens of film. Definitely a not-to-miss event!

*Heart-shaped sunglasses are optional, but not discouraged.

Dina del Bucchia & Daniel Zomparelli: Rom Com
October 2nd at 2PM, EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine W.
York Amphitheatre (room 1.605)

“At precisely the cultural moment you were hoping for, a dream team of smart, sexy, brunette, West Coast poets of Italian descent has passionately co-authored an intelligent collection of poetry that both celebrates and capsizes the romantic comedy.” –Talon Books

Paula Meehan Tonight 7pm, Tomorrow 11am

Irish Poet, Paula Meehan Reading & Masterclass
October 1st at 7 pm, York Amphitheatre rm 1.605, EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine W.    October 2nd at 11 am – Masterclass Room LB-362, 1455 De Maisonneuve: sign up LB-674.2
In collaboration with Concordia’s department of Canadian Irish Studies.

Someone Reading a Book is a Sign of Order in the World – Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle is joining us for a masterclass, reading and discussion on Friday. Join us!
Key words: writing, erasing, everything.

She is the author of the Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose and a comic book. Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.

Trailer for Concord Floral (Surburban Beast, Jordan Tannahill)

Writers Read is kicking off the 2015-16 season with the multi-talented Jordan Tannahill. He is a Canadian playwright, filmmaker, and theatre director described by the The Globe and Mail as “the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” Jordan runs a storefront arts space called Videofag in Toronto’s Kensington Market with William Christopher Ellis. He is the author of Theatre of the Unimpressed, Coach House 2014, and Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, which won the 2014 Governor General’s Award for drama. Join the event!

Concord Floral is a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and a hangout for neighbourhood kids. But something has happened there. Something that nobody can talk about. And when two friends stumble upon the terrible secret buried there, they set off a chain of events that can’t be stopped. Concord Floral re-imagines Giovanni Boccaccio’s medieval allegory The Decameron in a contemporary Toronto suburb, in which ten teens must flee a mysterious plague they have brought upon themselves.

Concord Floral from Jordan Tannahill on Vimeo.