I will be performing new sound work & giving two papers on avant-garde Canadian women writers at the ACCUTE conference at Brock University in May 2014. The details are below:
The Noisee Body: Modern Reactions & Eccentricity in the Concrete Poem-Drawings of Judith Copithorne
This paper will focus on the radical implications of Judith Copithorne’s hand-drawn concrete poems as seen in selections from Runes (1970) and Miss Tree’s Pillow Book (1971). I will examine Copithorne’s work as part of the Canadian “language revolution,” a mid-twentieth century movement led by bpNichol, Steve McCaffery, bill bissett, among others, who opposed the singularizing and standardizing propensity of modern capitalist technologies such as the typewriter and copier machine. By examining the absence of media-technology in Copithorne’s early work, I seek to investigate how her return to the body as a site of noise, disruption, and radicality performs in concert with the technology-based “language revolution.”
Vortical Alignments: Finding Vorticism in Daphne Marlatt’s Ana Historic
Building on the scholarship of Pauline Butling, Gregory Betts, and Caroline Rosenthal, this paper will develop a comparison between postmodern writer Daphne Marlatt and the modernist writers of Canadian Vorticism––that being, an avant-garde node of Canadian writing identified with internationally recognized writers such as Marshall McLuhan and Sheila Watson. I will examine representations of language, gender, and culture in Marlatt’s Ana Historic to reveal the ways in which her writing intersects with the aesthetic and political programs of the Canadian Vorticists.
Soirée des Refusés — an off-site local cultural event featuring a diverse array of poets from across the country, featuring Nathan Dueck, Phoebe Wang, Charmaine Cadeau, Shannon Maguire, Andy Weaver, Peter Midgley, Eric Schmaltz, James O’Sullivan, and more! Hosted by Gregory Betts (Brock) and Tanis MacDonald (Wilfrid Laurier). All are welcome to attend. Snacks, books, beer. Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street, in downtown St. Catharines. Sunday, 25 May. 8pm-10pm.