Fall 2018: Eileen Myles and CAConrad

The 2018-19 Writers Read season begins with two provocative writers: poet, memoirist, and novelist, Eileen Myles and visionary poet CAConrad.      Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Their twenty books includeAfterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You and I Must Be

Save the Dates!

Friday, October 5, 2018 7pm, Eileen Myles Friday, November 16, 2018 7pm, CA Conrad Concordia University Montreal, Quebec Both events in the York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605!!  

Tonight! Renee Gladman and Danielle Dutton at Writers Read

Join Writers Read and Off The Page for “Feminine Utopias: A Reading and Conversation with Renee Gladman and Danielle Dutton” Tonight at 7 PM, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 rue St. Catherine West  

Don’t Miss: Saturday, March 17, 2018: Karen Solie, Stephanie Bolster, Tess Liem at OFF THE PAGE/Writers Read

Off The Page and Writers Read present:   A Poetry Reading of Feminine Utopias with Karen Solie, Stephanie Bolster, and Tess Liem Saturday, March 17, 2018, 5 PM -6.30 PM, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 rue St. Catherine West  

Don’t Miss: Friday, March 16 – Renee Gladman & Danielle Dutton at Writers Read

Feminine Utopias: A Reading and Conversation with Renee Gladman and Danielle Dutton  Friday, March 16, 2018, at 7 PM York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 rue St. Catherine West      

Saturday, March 17th: An Evening of Poetry with Karen Solie, Stephanie Bolster, and Tess Liem

Join Off The Page and Writers Read for an evening of Poetry with Karen Solie, Stephanie Bolster, and Tess Liem:  OFF THE PAGE 2018 Schedule Saturday, March 17, 2018, 5-6.30 PM, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 rue St. Catherine West   Karen Solie is the author of four collections of poems: Short Haul

OFF THE PAGE 2018 Schedule

The full schedule for Off the Page is out now!

Friday, March 16th: An Evening with Renee Gladman & Danielle Dutton

Join Writers Read for an evening of Feminine Utopias with Renee Gladman and Danielle Dutton, a reading and follow-up conversation. Friday, March 16, 2018, 7 PM York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 rue St. Catherine West   Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out

 SAVE THE DATE: OFF THE PAGE (March 15th – 17th 2018)

Off The Page is a literary festival run by undergraduate and graduate students from several departments. This year, there will be readings by Renee Gladman, Karen Solie, Danielle Dutton and many more. Panels will be announced soon!

TONIGHT: AN EVENING WITH CANADIAN FICTION WRITER SUZETTE MAYR

SUZETTE MAYR: Friday, November 17th, 2017 Reading – 7pm, EV 1.605 York Amphitheater   Suzette Mayr is the author of Moon Honey, The Widows, Venous Hum, and Monoceros which was longlisted for the Giller Prize. She is here to present her most recent novel, Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall,

Friday, November 17th: An Evening with Suzette Mayr

  Join Writers Read for an evening with Suzette Mayr. Suzette Mayr is the author of five novels, including her most recent, Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall. Her fourth novel Monoceros was longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize and has been translated into Italian. Her novels have won

TONIGHT: MARINA CARR

MARINA CARR: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2017, 7 PM, EV 1.605 YORK AMPHITHEATER Playwright Marina Carr’s works include “By the Bog of Cats“, “On Raftery’s Hill” and an adaptation of “Anna Karenina.” She recently won the Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama. Hosted by Writers Read and The School for Irish Studies.

TONIGHT: DAPHNE MARLATT & ERÍN MOURE

DAPHNE MARLATT & ERÍN MOURE: Friday, October 27th, 2017, 7 PM, EV 1.605 York Amphitheater West Coast writer Daphne Marlatt, critically acclaimed poet and novelist, is known for her cross-genre work. Her most recent titles are Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now (2013) and Reading Sveva (2016), a poetic-ekphrastic biography of

Friday, November 3rd: Marina Carr

Join Writers Read and the Department of Irish Studies for an evening with renowned Irish playwright Marina Carr. Her works include “By the Bog of Cats“, “On Raftery’s Hill” and an adaptation of “Anna Karenina.” She recently won the Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama. See also this recently published

Friday, October 27th: “Celebrating Feminist Experimentation” with Daphne Marlatt & Erín Moure

Join Writers Read for an evening “Celebrating Feminist Experimentation” with Daphne Marlatt and Erin Moure. West Coast writer Daphne Marlatt, critically acclaimed poet and novelist, is known for her cross-genre work. Her most recent titles are Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now (2013) and Reading Sveva (2016), a poetic-ekphrastic biography of the Italian Canadian artist Sveva

TONIGHT: Durga Chew-Bose & Haley Mlotek – In Conversation

DURGA CHEW-BOSE & HALEY MLOTEK: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, Molson Building MB 9.A Reading – 7pm   Durga Chew-Bose Is a Montréal based writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Hairpin, Rolling Stone, GQ, The New Inquiry, n+1, Interview, Paper, and Hazlitt. She will present her first book,

Thursday, October 12: Durga Chew-Bose & Haley Mlotek – In Conversation

Join Writers Read for an evening “In Conversation” with Durga Chew-Bose and Haley Mlotek. Durga Chew-Bose Is a Montréal based writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Hairpin, Rolling Stone, GQ, The New Inquiry, n+1, Interview, Paper, and Hazlitt. She will present her first book, Too Much

TONIGHT: FRED MOTEN – 2017 Lahey Lecture & Reading

FRED MOTEN: Friday, September 29th, Hall Building Room H 763, 1455 de Maisonneuve 2017 Lahey Lecture – 4pm, H763 “And: A Reply to Daniel Tiffany’s ‘Cheap Signaling.’” Poetry Reading – 7pm, H763   Fred Moten is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. Moten’s work explores black studies, performance

Friday, September 29: An Evening With Fred Moten

Join Writers Read and the Concordia University Department of English for our 2017 Lahey Lecture, featuring Fred Moten, Professor of English at University of California, Riverside. Moten’s work explores black studies, performance studies, poetry and critical theory. He is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black

SAVE THE DATE

The Writers Read 2017-18 season is almost underway and we are hosting a series of exciting events

unspeakable, unresolvable questions — form and function in Rankine’s Citizen

In anticipation of Claudia Rankine’s visit to Concordia University we are featuring writing that responds to Rankine’s works Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. This piece is by Concordia MA student, Chalsley Taylor. Rankine will be giving a public reading at 7pm, March 10, 2017 in the DeSeve Cinema in Concordia’s

The Things We Tell Each Other: A Response to Claudia Rankine’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”

In anticipation of Claudia Rankine’s visit to Concordia University this week we will feature writing that responds to Rankine’s works Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. Rankine will be giving a public reading at 7pm, March 10, 2017 in the DeSeve Cinema in Concordia’s Library building on de Maisonneuve. Books will

Rankine. Friday. Montreal.

In anticipation of Claudia Rankine’s visit to Concordia University this week we will feature writing by Concordia students responding to Claudia Rankine’s works Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. For now, here are the details and an article from New Statesmen: United states of prejudice: Claudia Rankine’s powerful interrogations of racism

Citizen Artist Feature: Toyin Ojih Odutola

Toyin Ojih Odutola‘s piece Uncertain yet Reserved is featured in Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric. Rankine will be reading at Concordia University on March 10, 2017. Details here. Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ife, Nigeria) is a visual artist who creates drawings exploiting diverse mediums to emphasize how an image is a striated

An Evening with Claudia Rankine

  An Evening with Claudia Rankine: March 10, 2017 7pm J.A. de Sève Cinema, Webster Library, Concordia University, 1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal Join us for a reading and discussion with Claudia Rankine. She is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t

The Racial Imaginary

“…our imaginations are creatures as limited as we ourselves are. They are not some special, uninfiltrated realm that transcends the messy realities of our lives and minds. To think of creativity in terms of transcendence is itself specific and partial—a lovely dream perhaps, but an inhuman one.” -Claudia Rankine and

Claudia Rankine on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In a recent article by Maria Robins-Somerville, Claudia Rankine talks about writing Citizen, taking part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day symposium and racial imaginaries. Read the full article from The Michigan Daily. Claudia Rankine will be reading at Concordia University on March 10th, 2017.

Link Round Up: Citizen

Claudia Rankine will be reading at Concordia University on March 10th, 2017. Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. David Hammons is the creator is In the Hood (1993), the artwork featured on the

5pm Haunting / 7pm Reading

  ~*~* 5pm Library Building, 6th Floor, 1400 de Maisonneuve ~*~* We talk about writing without respect to it as an embodied practice for some—always highly political and always highly personal. We talk about writing with a set of tools by which to understand it—tools that have turned into standards,

Damian Rogers is a Social Menace

Off the Page Festival welcomes Damian Rogers Thursday, November 3rd, in Concordia’s Grey Nuns Building (1175 Rue St Mathieu), room M100, starting at 7:30pm. Damian Rogers is a social person. “I will talk to someone for hours, no problem. I’m good to talk, as they say,” Rogers recently told Trevor

How Poems Work: “Enough” by Suzanne Buffam

From The Irrationalist.   I am wearing dark glasses inside the house To match my dark mood.   I have left all the sugar out of the pie. My rage is a kind of domestic rage.   I learned it from my mother Who learned it from her mother before her

OFF THE PAGE SCHEDULE

The schedule is here!! See you out and about. Download here: otp-fall2016-program-clr.

Anna Leventhal: Don’t Call Her ‘Quirky’

“I think ‘quirky’ is a term that’s used to dismiss work, in particular by women, that’s challenging or hard to categorize” – Anna Leventhal, Montreal Gazette   In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, Anna Leventhal discusses her short story collection Sweet Affliction, and why she definitively does not want to be

Bydlowska on The Next Chapter: Escaping Herself

  In a recent interview with The Next Chapter on CBC Radio One, Jowita Bydlowska discusses the inspiration for her first novel, Guy: escaping herself. She started writing the novel during the editing stage of Drunk Mom, and found the idea of spending time in the mind of a misogynistic womanizer liberating after

From the Archive: Francine Prose

Writers Read looks back at hosting prolific author, Francine Prose, in March, 2014, in Concordia’s Henry F. Hall building. Attendees crowded into the Hall conference room for a reading of Prose’s novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (HarperTorch, 2014), and later, a Q&A session with the Brooklyn native.

In with the New Shockley

Off the Page event: November 4th, 7pm, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine Those who know Evie Shockley from her 2006 publication, a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), will know how her lyrical style contains themes of ancestry and racial identity which flow through contexts of modern

Chloe Caldwell on Shame

“When men create characters based on themselves, they are innovative; when women do it, they’re shaming their families.” – Chloe Caldwell, Catapult Read Chloe Caldwell’s piece here.   In a recent article for Catapult’s online magazine, Chloe Caldwell voices her frustration about the inequality of assumed shame for writers, especially

How Poems Work: A Selection from Suzanne Buffam’s “A Pillow Book”

From A Pillow Book, pages 41-43.   Some nights I visit Inés Fernández, the forlorn school teacher from southwestern Spain, who yawned once in the sun at a passing religious procession, felt a brief, searing pain through the back of her skull, and never slept another wink all her life. For

Damian Rogers reads Suzanne Buffam

Here she’s talking about the Irrationalist. Read the entire piece over on LemonHound. The wonderful is on full display throughout The Irrationalist. The language is fresh, precise, and natural; the form and structure, both micro and macro, support the voice without overshadowing it. Throughout the book, Buffam references some of

Off the Page Fall 2016: Festival Schedule

Off The Page November 3rd – 5th, 2016 Following its stellar spring series in March 2016, Off The Page is back this fall with a fresh lineup of panels and readings. The festival, presented by Writers Read & Concordia University, boasts a busy three-day schedule from November 3 – 5

From the Archive: Tanya Tagaq

Writers Read looks back at hosting Tanya Tagaq in October, 2013. That evening, a first-come-first-serve audience crammed into a conference room in Concordia’s Henry F. Hall to witness the unique line-up of throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, experimental poet, Christian Bök, and composer/performance artist, Jaap Blonk. Seating became a competitive event

#Today #Tonight

Debbie: An Epic will be performed in its entirety on Friday, October 21st in LB 671.05 at Concordia University’s LB building from 2 PM – 5 PM. Stop by anytime to listen or join in. & THEN:

Bewitched by Broadbent

Writers Read and Concordia University welcome Lisa Robertson and Laura Broadbent tonight at 7pm, in the York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine Readers first shook hands with Laura Broadbent through the pages of her remarkable, and strikingly titled book, Oh There You Are I Can’t See You Is

How Poems Work: “The Stricture” by Lisa Robertson

From Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip.   ‘The 69 heads of Messerschmidt cast in lead are not heaven.’ ‘The magnetic cures of Mesmer on the plastic soul are more difficult to characterize.’ ‘The heavens of Flanders are like textile in lustrousness – a bridal textile.’ ‘We see the classic theme of

MARATHON READING OF LISA ROBERTSON’S DEBBIE: AN EPIC

Debbie: An Epic will be performed in its entirety on Friday, October 21st in LB 671.05 at Concordia University’s LB building from 2 PM – 5 PM. Stop by anytime to listen or join in.

Jowita Bydlowska’s GUY

“It was both fascinating and disturbing to read Jowita Bydlowska’s debut novel, Guy, during the same week news broke of Donald Trump’s 2005 comments describing how he likes to treat (or rather, sexually assault) women. As the recorded revelation sparked a widespread discussion about what men really say about women

Coming your way! Friday October, 21st

DEBBIE: AN EPIC – A MARATHON READING LB. 671.05 CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY 21 OCTOBER – 2-5 PM

Submission Call, Off the Page Festival: A Haunting

We have seen ghosts—in the flickering of light bulbs, of the body, and in the persisting reverberations of history. We hear them with our mouths and pens; we write them into memory. Who are they? Do they hear us? What do they know? “A Haunting” will address the question of

Submission Call, Off the Page Festival: A Literary Wake

Are you, or is someone you know, a writer living in or near Montreal and looking to read work to an audience? Would you like to know what that work would sound like as re-imagined by a live band? Learn more and apply to perform here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWJ5mQgUWF-wRJPeV84xBUx0RnjB-oRQDYHKhQ98YOpoo1Tw/viewform About the event:

Don McKay & Jeramy Dodds @Concordia

Students were treated to a “smorgasboard” of sound. Jeramy signs Crabwise.

Next Friday: Reading and Book Signing with CAConrad

Writers Read presents: an evening of poetry with CAConrad. Friday, November 16th, 2018. 7 PM, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 rue St. Catherine West. CAConrad is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays.  While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), received the 2018 Lambda Award.  A recipient

Don’t Miss: Friday, Oct 5th – Conversation Between Eileen Myles & Gail Scott Moderated by Kasia Juno & Reading by Eileen Myles

Writers Read Presents: Eileen Myles and Gail Scott in conversation, moderated by Kasia Juno (4-5 PM) and reading by Eileen Myles (7 PM). Friday, October 5th, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine. 

Friday, October 5th, 2018: Eileen Myles and Gail Scott in Conversation, Moderated by Kasia Juno

The 2018-19 Writers Read season begins on October 5th, 2018 with two events. Join us, first,  for a conversation between poet, memoirist and novelist Eileen Myles and Montreal’s own Gail Scott, moderated by Kasia Juno. Then, at 7, Eileen Myles will read from their work and sign books provided by

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