And a Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day To Us All! (Sound Archive)

In early October 2015, Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli joined Writers Read to share their new work Rom Com out from Talon Books now. Here are a couple of excerpts to keep you warm on this cold❤ day. Daneil Zomparelli reading “I am So Lonely, Iam So Fucking Lonely, lol, SEND, Obvious Child” and Dina Del… More And a Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day To Us All! (Sound Archive)

Event Roundup: March

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.

The Body Always Gives a Shit & Other Distractions

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… More The Body Always Gives a Shit & Other Distractions

Off The Page – Call for Proposals

In March 2016, Writers Read, Off The Page in cooperation with the University of Montreal and Concordia’s Centre for Expanded Poetics are hosting: Dionne Brand, Ben Lerner, Jordan Abel, Sonnet L’Abbé, Fred Moten and more. More information will be posted here & here. Call for Proposals For decades the Creative Writing department at Concordia University… More Off The Page – Call for Proposals

André Alexis Masterclass & Reading

Creative Writing students can sign up on Sina Queyras’ door LB 674.2 or email writersreadconcordia@gmail.com. Space is limited. *** Alexis will also be giving a reading at Librarie Drawn and Quarterly (211 Rue Beranrd Ouest) on Friday January 15th at 7pm. *** Alexis’ debut novel, Childhood (1997), won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and was a co-winner of… More André Alexis Masterclass & Reading

Sound Archive: Jordan Tannahill on Mental Real Estate

Jordan Tannahill joined us on 25 September 2015 at the VAV Gallery to read and discuss his book, Theatre of the Unimpressed. In this clip he discusses mental real estate, the value of impermanence, and Videofag. Shout out to Jacob Wren. Complete sound archives will be updated soon. In the mean time follow us on Soundcloud for… More Sound Archive: Jordan Tannahill on Mental Real Estate

Standing Room Only

For Elisabeth de Mariaffi reading from her novel, The Devil You Know. & George Murray reading from his new book of Poetry, Diversion. Stay tuned for more sights and sounds from this exciting fall line-up. (Photo credit: Liam Lachance. Thanks, Liam!)

#InConversation #GeorgeMurray #Diversion #Poetry

Next week, Writers Read and and the Concordia Research Chair in Media and Literature George Murray and Elisabeth de Mariaffi to Concordia for a reading and discussion IRL but we’ve started the conversation here. Join us on November 17th 7pm in the John Molson Building’s Floating Box, room 2.130 (1450 Rue Guy).  Writers Read: What makes… More #InConversation #GeorgeMurray #Diversion #Poetry

The Devil You Know: Writers Read in Conversation with Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Writers Read: Elisabeth, The Devil You Know introduces us to a character that I can imagine reoccurring in other narratives. Are you tempted to write a series of literary thrillers? Elisabeth de Mariaffi: I certainly didn’t set out to start a series with The Devil You Know. To be honest, I didn’t even really know I… More The Devil You Know: Writers Read in Conversation with Elisabeth de Mariaffi

#BearingWitless from Diversion by George Murray

#BearingWitless The children did not return before dark. You may have to settle for a Sylvia Plath photo if no Sylvia moment comes. It’s harvest time at the server farms. Twelve plus one is an anagram for eleven plus two. Wineglass stems and bases look like spilling water and pools. Barricades like department store windows.… More #BearingWitless from Diversion by George Murray

ROM COM: Dina & Daniel, Tomorrow at 2PM

Tomorrow afternoon, Concordia’s Writers Read is thrilled to be hosting the West Coast poetry duo of Dina del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli. They’re stopping by as part of their book tour for Rom Com (Talon Books, 2015), which is an exploration both of the romantic comedy genre itself and so-called real life through the lens of film.… More ROM COM: Dina & Daniel, Tomorrow at 2PM

This week’s Trio of Events: Major Jackson, Paula Meehan, Dina del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli

This week is going to be a very busy one for Concordia’s Writers Read. We’re bringing you three events over the span of three days! It’s going to be wonderful and hectic and filled by some of the best poets you can find anywhere. We invite you to join us for as many events as time… More This week’s Trio of Events: Major Jackson, Paula Meehan, Dina del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli

Someone Reading a Book is a Sign of Order in the World – Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle is joining us for a masterclass, reading and discussion on Friday. Join us! Key words: writing, erasing, everything. She is the author of the Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Selected Poems… More Someone Reading a Book is a Sign of Order in the World – Mary Ruefle

Trailer for Concord Floral (Surburban Beast, Jordan Tannahill)

Writers Read is kicking off the 2015-16 season with the multi-talented Jordan Tannahill. He is a Canadian playwright, filmmaker, and theatre director described by the The Globe and Mail as “the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” Jordan… More Trailer for Concord Floral (Surburban Beast, Jordan Tannahill)

The Line Break: An Interview with Mary Ruefle

The 2015-2016 season of Writers Read continues with a Master class and a reading by Mary Ruefle on September 25th, 2015. Join us! An interview, suggestions for writing exercises, and a reading from Mary Ruefle in which she reminds us that “there are people who forget that writing is a joyful activity.” From the Campus Poetry School, Culture Laser… More The Line Break: An Interview with Mary Ruefle

A Year of Collaborations: The 2015-2016 Season

This year Writers Read is bigger than ever, with authors from across Canada, Ireland, and the US. So far we have confirmed fifteen authors beginning with Jordan Tannahill (Sept 22nd), Mary Ruefle (Sept 25th) and Major Jackson (Sept 30th).  This year we are in collaboration with the Department of Canadian Irish Studies, the Centre for… More A Year of Collaborations: The 2015-2016 Season

Jordan Tannahill: Film, Theatre, Videofag

“Camp is such an interesting space for failure to fall within. Unintentional camp, obviously we can intentionally cultivate camp, but there are so many failures that do veer into that realm. I think queerness has for so long apprehended the jouissance or the necessity of embracing failure, the inability to conform. To embrace the impossible… More Jordan Tannahill: Film, Theatre, Videofag

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat With Brenda Hillman

  Here’s one last preview for tomorrow’s event with Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman. In this interview, where The Rumpus Poetry Book Club talks to Brenda Hillman about her process, her valuable words of wisdom include, “if I get sure of what I’m doing, I know I’m doing something wrong.” If even a Guggenheim Fellow gets… More The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat With Brenda Hillman

Hillman on Hass

Check out this short essay by Brenda Hillman, where she discusses “A Supple Wreath of Myrtle”, her “favourite poem” by Robert Hass. The poem, which “suggest that the daily and the heroic are always intertwined”, is featured in Hass’ 2006 collection Time and Materials, winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.… More Hillman on Hass

Writers Read is excited to announce two upcoming master classes to be held at Concordia University. On Friday, March 27, 2015, award winning poets Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman will hold a master class at 11-12 pm in room LB 646. On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, author and broadcaster Jonathan Goldstein will hold a masterclass from… More

“The Elements Are Mixed in Childhood,” An essay in rhyme by Brenda Hillman

“Our mother was baptized on a kerosene box, our father was baptized in a creek, & we were baptized in a plaster pool while turquoise ripples played around our feet & desert air poofed up to make the long black robe a nylon buffalo. It makes your underpants wet, said our brother. It’s strange to… More “The Elements Are Mixed in Childhood,” An essay in rhyme by Brenda Hillman

Our Next Event!

Writers Read is excited to welcome internationally acclaimed poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm for a public reading in room EV 1.605 (1515 St. Catherine West). Brenda and Robert are also offering a master class that morning, at 11 am in room LB 646 (1400 de Maisonneuve). Spots are… More Our Next Event!