OFF THE PAGE March 17-20, 2016
Confirmed Readers & Call for Participants
In March 2016, Writers Read & Concordia University are hosting the Off The Page literary festival. In cooperation with the Université de Montreal and Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, we are hosting Ben Lerner, Anne Boyer, Jordan Abel, Sonnet L’Abbé, and more. We are also organizing several panels and we need participants. There are details on the panels and how to submit work. The confirmed events are listed below and the rest of the schedule will be confirmed in early March.
MARCH 17, 2016: Jordan Abel, Anne Boyer, Sonnet L’Abbé
Venue: Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest, 8pm
JORDAN ABEL’s conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in Anthropology and popular culture. Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks 2013), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award and the winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Un/inhabited (Project Space Press and Talonbooks 2015), and Injun (Talonbooks 2016).
SONNET L’ABBÉ is the author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe. She was the most recent Edna Staebler Writer In Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University. L’Abbé was the guest editor of the Best Canadian Poetry 2014 anthology.
ANNE BOYER is the author of Garments Against Women, was educated in the public libraries and universities of Kansas. Boyer works as an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college of art and design, where she teaches with the poets Cyrus Console and Jordan Stempleman. In 2014, she was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple negative breast cancer which has been the source of her current project, a work about the politics of care in the age of precarity.
MARCH 18, 2016: An Evening with BEN LERNER
7pm, EV 1.605, York Amphitheatre, 1515 Rue St. Catherine.
Ben Lerner is the author of Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) and 10:04 (2014) as well as several full-length poetry collections, including Mean Free Path (2010) and Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. His sonnet sequence, The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), won the Hayden Carruth Award.
Interested attendees can find more information, archival footage from previous readings, and updates on upcoming events at our website, writersreadconcordia.ca, and follow Writers Read on Twitter (@CUWritersRead) and Facebook (writersreadconcordia).
Call for Participants
***Deadline extended to February 28***
Off The Page, a literary festival hosted by Concordia University, is looking for insightful and thought-provoking papers, poems and creative projects that explore varying topics, to be presented and discussed at this year’s three-day festival from March 17ththrough the 19th. Papers should be between 1,250 and 1,750 words (10-15 minutes). Creative projects should be 4-5 pages or 10-15 minutes. Selected papers & projects will be presented in a panel discussion.
For a full description of each panel go to: https://writersreadconcordia.wordpress.com/off-the-page-2016/
A Queer is a Queer is a Queer (Creative projects only)
Black Love (Creative projects only)
Blurred Boundaries: Between Fiction and ‘The Real’
Editors Talking Editing: The Other Side of Submittable
Behind the Screens
Cursing in Cursive
Writers Read is one of a long tradition of diverse literary reading series at Concordia University and has hosted authors including Roxane Gay, Mary Ruefle, Lydia Davis, Roddy Doyle, Mary Gaitskill, Tanya Tagaq, Christian Bok, Rae Armantrout, Emma Donoghue, Charles Bernstein, Lisa Robertson, Gail Scott, and George Elliott Clarke.
Dionne Brand /// March 4, 2016. 7pm, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 St Catherine W.
Jordan Abel, Anne Boyer, Sonnet L’Abbé /// Thursday March 17, 2016. 8pm, Drawn & Quarterly (211, Bernard Ouest).
Ben Lerner /// Friday March 18, 2016. York Amphitheatre, EV Building, 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine.
Sonnet L’Abbé reads The Body Always Gives a Shit, a poem in three parts. She will be joining Writers Read in March 2016. https://thewalrus.ca/tv-the-body-always-gives-a-shit/
Some data points on the staff make-up of arts organizations in New York City. http://hyperallergic.com/271609/staff-at-nyc-arts-organizations-is-62-white-city-report-shows/
Quill & Quire talks to Pedlar Press founder, Beth Follett. http://www.quillandquire.com/industry-news/2016/01/18/qa-pedlar-press-founder-beth-follett-on-her-mission-to-become-a-publisher-of-excellence/
And a song because why not. If you ever need music to play when you want to wake up on a bed of clouds, slowly drifting to land with the northern lights in your peripherals, the debut EP from Montreal’s She-Devils is surely the one. http://www.chartattack.com/chart-tv/2016/01/20/noisemakers-she-devils-perform-come-and-where-theres-no-one/
Just a reminder to save the date. Off The Page will be on March 17-20 2016, featuring: Ben Lerner, Dionne Brand, Sonnet L’Abbé and many more.