5pm Haunting / 7pm Reading


~*~* 5pm Library Building, 6th Floor, 1400 de Maisonneuve ~*~*

We talk about writing without respect to it as an embodied practice for some—always highly political and always highly personal. We talk about writing with a set of tools by which to understand it—tools that have turned into standards, and standards that have turned into lineages, and lineages that have turned into curricula.
We know that these lineages are haunted. We know there exists voices that are silenced, muffled, or unheard (They’re still there). How can a voice find itself when its has been relegated to echo? Do we care? (We should.)

“A Haunting” will address the question of what it means to occupy an already occupied space—in the context of ghostly stories, and in narratives of indigeneity and immigration. We ask: how do our bodies in the present interact with the ghosts of the future? How are we haunted by our voices, our silences? We explore the act of writing as possessive, an engagement with identity, history, language, and secrets mediated through the body in performance.

“A Haunting” will present the creative research prompted by these questions in the form of a performance-based ghost tour curated from local artists’ submissions.

Kama La Mackerel
Raïssa Simone
Tiffany Ashoona
Alisha Mascarenhas
Eli Lynch

Cedar-Eve Peters (Painting)
Vanessa Dion Fletcher (Video)
Nam Chi Nguyen (Video)

“A Haunting” is presented in collaboration with Yiara Magazine and the Department of Art History at Concordia University.


~*~* 7pm EV Building, room 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine ~*~*



Evie Shockley is the author of several collections of poetry, including A Half-Red Sea (2006) and The New Black (2011). In a review of The New Black for Library Journal, Chris Pusateri observed, ”Shockley’s irk incorporates elements of myth without being patently ‘mythical’ and is personal without being self-indulgent, sentimental without being saccharine.”

Trish Salah, born in Halifax, is the author of the Lambda Award-winning Wanting in Arabic and of Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1. She is co-editor of a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, on Trans Cultural Production, and a member of the editorial boards of TSQ and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. Currently Salah is assistant professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University.

*~*~* The Co-op Bookstore will be selling books *~*~*
The Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore is pleased to offer a viable alternative to the corporate structure, putting students’ best interests above and beyond our own bottom line. As a not-for-profit alternative to corporate bookstores, we are conveniently located right on Concordia’s downtown campus at 2150 Bishop Street in Montreal. Offering both new and used books, in addition to a wide variety of artisan consignments, we also boast the largest selection of sex and gender studies titles anywhere in Montreal.

In with the New Shockley

Off the Page event:
November 4th, 7pm, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Those who know Evie Shockley from her 2006 publication, a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), will know how her lyrical style contains themes of ancestry and racial identity which flow through contexts of modern existential threats. Shockley’s words are just as markedly sharp in her latest release, the new black (Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2011), as she navigates through modern threats facing the lives of racial American-minority and feminist identities. Of the four suites of poems in the new black, it is striking to note how Shockley titles her suites – “out with the old,” “the cold,” and “out with the new” – to underline a treatment of black lives as casual commodities by a modern world, objectified and vilified by a modern American culture seeking to simultaneously appropriate and reprobate. Shockley’s strength in the written word parallels her strength in line presentation, whether it is the experiment of commixing and segregating connotative alliteration in “x marks the spot,” the barren feet tracking page to page in “the cold,” or the words that literally break off from their page and settle on the opposite side of the spine in “explosives.”

Take a listen as Shockley reads and discusses Ed Roberson’s “City Eclogue, Words for It,” and her own poem, “You Must Want This Lonesome.”

Off the Page 2016 welcomes Evie Shockley and Trish Salah to Concordia on November 4th.

– Johnathan F. Clark