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ORAL/TRANS/MISSIONS | A performance retrospective by Clifton Joseph — May 06, 2022 (Events)

Montreal, QC - Hotel 10, Salle Godin

The Atwater Poetry Project, in partnership with the Blue Metropolis Festival and SpokenWeb, are pleased to welcome dub poetry legend CLIFTON JOSEPH for a special spoken word presentation, our first live event since March 2020.

A founder of the Canadian tradition of dub poetry, a political performance poetry genre of Caribbean roots, and 1/3 of the influential group DE DUB POETS with Lillian Allen and Devon Haughton, Joseph will perform work from throughout his forty-year career before joining APP curator Faith Paré in conversation.

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Gender, Affective Labour, and Community-Building Through Literary Audio Recordings (Post)

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Introduction This article emerged from the “feminist close listening” methodology we devised together during a collaborative listening session in Montreal, December, 2017. We began the practice of listening to recordings together, in real time, as a way of attuning ourselves to the related inquiries that our archives of interest shared. For Karis, this archive is […]

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Starting out from Véhicule Art (Post)

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How to introduce an introduction. How to warm the stage for the dates, facts, and anecdotes that are already presented in Stephen Morrissey’s reminiscences about Véhicule Art Inc. as an experimental forum for the performance of new poetry, in the 1970s, in Montreal. The Véhicule Poets—again, see post below for the who’s who—have maintained a […]

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Poetry by Memory: A Recording Booth, Co-Presented with the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival — May 7-8, 2022 (Events)

Montreal - Hotel 10, Hall

SpokenWeb, a research program that preserves literary sound recordings, will run a booth on site where festival attendees will be invited to recite lines from a poem they know by heart into a microphone for preservation on a reel to reel tape.

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Book Launch: Virginia Woolf and Poetry by Emily Kopley — Dec 07, 2021 (Events)

Montreal - Concordia University - Webster Library (LB 322) and Zoom (registration link below)

Virginia Woolf and Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2021) is Emily Kopley’s first book. It argues that Woolf’s career was shaped by her impression of the conflict between poetry and the novel, a conflict she often figured as one between masculine and feminine, old and new, bound and free.

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Book Launch: Jason Camlot, Vlarf and John Emil Vincent, Bitter in the Belly — Dec 03, 2021 (Events)

Montreal - Argo Bookshop, 1841-A Rue St. Catherine Ouest

Join us IN PERSON for the official McGill-Queen’s University Press launch reading of two new poetry books, Jason Camlot’s Vlarf and John Emil Vincent’s Bitter in the Belly. Each book creates its own gleefully strange and sadly hilarious world from a wide gamut of emotions and texts. It will be a poetry event of the fun variety. The reading can host up to 40 attendees in the brand new Argo Bookshop space; vaccination status will be checked at the door and masks will be required throughout the event.

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Rough Craft: Notes on the creation of the audio / visual / textual work Small Stones (Post)

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Specially commissioned for the Listening, Sound, Agency Symposium, Griffin-award-winning poet Kaie Kellough, designer and artistic director of LOKI studios Kevin Yuen Kit Lo, and Constellation recording artist and saxophonist Jason Sharp, collaborate on an interdisciplinary work. Long-awaited, Small Stones will premiere tonight, 22 May 2021 and may be watched in the embedded video below. To enhance and support the listening and watching experience, Kaie has generously shared some reflections on the process of creating this work with his collaborators and the meandering iterations of the poem through page, dialogue, and performance.

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Listening for Hope in the Sound Archive — Apr 21, 2021 (Events)

Virtual Participation - RSVP for Zoom Link

In this listening practice, guide-hosts Jason Camlot and Katherine McLeod take up the call of SpokenWeb organizational partner Blue Metropolis to conduct an event that explores the theme of hope in relation to the archival pursuits of our research network.  To this end, we invite past guides of SpokenWeb listening practices, and all members of the SpokenWeb network, to select a short (30 second max) sound clip from their archival or other research interests that sounds an idea or feeling of hope, for us to listen to and discuss together.

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