Between 1966 and 1974, faculty members of Sir George Williams University (SGWU, now Concordia University) in Montreal hosted a series of poetry readings that was conceived as an ongoing encounter between local poets and a diverse range of writers from across the United States and Canada. In one of the first recorded readings in this series (a reading featuring Canadian poets Phyllis Webb and Gwendolyn MacEwen held in November 1966), organizing committee member Roy Kiyooka explained the initial rationale of the series program. In this audio clip, Kiyooka explains the reading series as an attempt to sound the diversity of North American poetry in the mid 1960s.
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On April 11, poet Robert Hogg revisits his 1970 reading, which took place at Sir George Williams (now Concordia), through a mix of readings in the present with recordings from the past. Join us for this performance, with a Q&A to follow. All are welcome. A Poetry Listening is an event that reactivates audio archives […]