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Verbatim: North of Invention

All aspects of the program(s) below will be streamed live as video. Follow the schedule - and watch at any time simply by going here:

The Kelly Writers House presents

a Canadian Poetry Festival

hosted by Sarah Dowling and Charles Bernstein

co-sponsored by
the Canada Council for the Arts, the University Research Fund,
the Provost's Interdisciplinary Arts Fund, Asian American Studies,
the Working Group in Poetics, and Writers Without Borders

Thursday, January 20, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM in the Arts Café
and Friday, January 21, from 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM in the Arts Café
Kelly Writers House | 3805 Locust Walk
No registration required - this event is free & open to the public


For more information on North of Invention and its participants, please visit

DAY ONE, 1/20

10:00 am: Opening remarks by SARAH DOWLING and CHARLES BERNSTEIN
10:30 am: Presentation by LISA ROBERTSON, introduced by Julia Bloch
11:15 am: Presentation by M. NOURBESE PHILIP, introduced by Janet Neigh
12:00 pm: Break
1:30 pm: Presentation by STEPHEN COLLIS, introduced by Danny Snelson
2:15 pm: Presentation by CHRISTIAN BOK introduced by Sueyeun Juliette Lee
3:00 pm: Break
4:00 pm: Presentation by NICOLE BROSSARD, introduced by Rachel Blau DuPlessis
5:00 pm: Reception and break
9:00 pm: Reading by LISA ROBERSTON, FRED WAH

DAY TWO, 1/21

10:30 am: Presentation by ADEENA KARASICK, introduced by Katie Price
11:15 am: Presentation by JEFF DERKSEN, introduced by Bob Perelman
12:00 pm: Break
1:30 pm: Presentation by JORDAN SCOTT, introduced by Laura Neuman
2:15 pm: Presentation by A.RAWLINGS, introduced by Jena Osman
3:00 pm: Break
3:30 pm: Presentation by FRED WAH, introduced by Josephine Park
5:00 pm: Reception and break

North of Invention presents 10 Canadian poets working at the cutting edge of contemporary poetic practice, bringing them first to the Kelly Writers House, then to Poets House in New York City for two days of readings, presentations and discussion in each location. Celebrating the breadth and complexity of poetic experimentation in Canada, North of Invention features emerging and established poets working across multiple traditions, and represents nearly fifty years of experimental writing. North of Invention aims to initiate a new dialogue in North American poetics, addressing the hotly debated areas of "innovation" and "conceptual writing," the history of sound poetry and contemporary performance, multilingualism and translation, and connections to activism.
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