Theory, A Summary


October 16 is coming up and our excitement is mounting so high it can feel overwhelming at times. Here’s a simple breakdown of the day’s events and major players.

My Paris Marathon Reading 11 am- 6 pm: Concordia University, Room H-767, Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor

Theory, A Celebration, featuring Nicole Brossard, Lisa Robertson, Rachel Levitsky & Gail Scott, 7pm: Concordia University, Room H-767, Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor

Theory, A SundayA collaborative feminist poetics text collectively authored by Louky Bersianik, Nicole Brossard, France Théoret, Gail Scott, Louise Cotnoir, Louise Dupré, Lisa Robertson, and Rachel Levitsky. The volume was written through Sunday meetings in Montreal and originally published in 1988. Our event at Writers Read is in part to celebrate the book’s English language translation published by Belladonna* in 2013.

Belladonna: a feminist avant-garde collective, founded in 1999 by Rachel Levitsky. Their mission is to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language.



Nicole Brossard has published more than thirty books since 1965. In 2010, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2013 Chevalière de l’Ordre national du Québec.rachel-levisky

Rachel Levitsky is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative. The Story of My Accident is Ours is her most recent publication. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.

Robertson_448Lisa Robertson’s book Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip was named one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010. She lives in France, and works as a tutor at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. She recently published Cinema of the Present.

Gail ScottGail Scott is the author of several ground-breaking novels, including My Paris, published in 1999 and The Obituary, published in 2010, which was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. She teaches Creative Writing at Université de Montréal.

Writers Read Concordia

The tradition of literary readings at Concordia predates the existence of the university itself, as such events were held well before Sir George Williams and Loyola merged in 1974. The series, now known as Writers Read at Concordia, invites renowned and emerging authors, both Canadian and international, to read from and discuss their work with students and local audiences. In addition to readings, the series includes Master Classes and professional development activities, some open to the public and others only for Concordia students. Collaborations with Concordia’s School of Canadian Irish Studies, The Pilot, the Atwater Poetry Project, Bishop’s University, the Université de Montreal’s Department of English, and other organizations make the series possible. The Concordia Bookstore acts as bookseller for all major readings. Another activity offered in affiliation with the Concordia English Department, the Summer Literary Seminars is held annually in Montreal, Kenya, and Lithuania. As one of the world's largest and most innovative international writing programs, SLS offers partial scholarships and academic credit to full-time Concordia students. The program brings together the finest American, Canadian, European, and African writers and literary scholars with their host counterparts in a two-week flurry of writing related activities. Faculty have included such writers as: Amy Bloom, Robert Coover, Dave Eggers, Ed Hirsch, Denis Johnson, Colum McCann, Jayne Anne Phillips and George Saunders. Registration is required. Additional tuition subsidies are available through the Dean's office. For more information, contact Mike Spry. Writers Read at Concordia is supported by the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program, and Concordia University. The Writers Read Series also receives funding assistance from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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