Off The Page 2016 Update Reminder

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OFF THE PAGE March 17-20, 2016
Confirmed Readers & Call for Participants

In March 2016, Writers Read & Concordia University are hosting the Off The Page literary festival. In cooperation with the Université de Montreal and Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, we are hosting Ben Lerner, Anne Boyer, Jordan Abel, Sonnet L’Abbé, and more. We are also organizing several panels and we need participants. There are details on the panels and how to submit work. The confirmed events are listed below and the rest of the schedule will be confirmed in early March.

 

MARCH 17, 2016: Jordan Abel, Anne Boyer, Sonnet L’Abbé
Venue: Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest, 8pm

JORDAN ABEL’s conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in Anthropology and popular culture. Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks 2013), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award and the winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Un/inhabited (Project Space Press and  Talonbooks 2015), and Injun (Talonbooks 2016).

SONNET L’ABBÉ is the author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe. She was the most recent Edna Staebler Writer In Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University. L’Abbé was the guest editor of the Best Canadian Poetry 2014 anthology.

ANNE BOYER is the author of Garments Against Women, was educated in the public libraries and universities of Kansas. Boyer works as an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college of art and design, where she teaches with the poets Cyrus Console and Jordan Stempleman. In 2014, she was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple negative breast cancer which has been the source of her current project, a work about the politics of care in the age of precarity.

MARCH 18, 2016: An Evening with BEN LERNER
7pm, EV 1.605, York Amphitheatre, 1515 Rue St. Catherine.

Ben Lerner is the author of Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) and 10:04 (2014) as well as several full-length poetry collections, including Mean Free Path (2010) and Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. His sonnet sequence, The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), won the Hayden Carruth Award.

Interested attendees can find more information, archival footage from previous readings, and updates on upcoming events at our website, writersreadconcordia.ca, and follow Writers Read on Twitter (@CUWritersRead) and Facebook (writersreadconcordia).

Call for Participants

***Deadline extended to February 28***

Off The Page, a literary festival hosted by Concordia University, is looking for insightful and thought-provoking papers, poems and creative projects that explore varying topics, to be presented and discussed at this year’s three-day festival from March 17ththrough the 19th. Papers should be between 1,250 and 1,750 words (10-15 minutes). Creative projects should be 4-5 pages or 10-15 minutes. Selected papers & projects will be presented in a panel discussion.

Panels

For a full description of each panel go to: https://writersreadconcordia.wordpress.com/off-the-page-2016/

Writing Iconocide
A Queer is a Queer is a Queer (Creative projects only)
Black Love (Creative projects only)
Blurred Boundaries: Between Fiction and ‘The Real’
Editors Talking Editing: The Other Side of Submittable
Behind the Screens
Cursing in Cursive

Where /  When / How to Submit

  1. Send your papers & creative projects to offthepageconcordia@gmail.com
  2. Include the relevant panel title in the subject line of your email.
  3. Include a cover sheet with your name, contact information, paper title and relevant panel title with your submission.
  4. Send by Sunday 28 February 2016, before midnight.

 

Writers Read is one of a long tradition of diverse literary reading series at Concordia University and has hosted authors including Roxane Gay, Mary Ruefle, Lydia Davis, Roddy Doyle, Mary Gaitskill, Tanya Tagaq, Christian Bok, Rae Armantrout, Emma Donoghue, Charles Bernstein, Lisa Robertson, Gail Scott, and George Elliott Clarke. 

 

 

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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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