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, and standards that have turned into lineages, and lineages that have turned into curricula.
We know that these lineages are haunted. We know there exists voices that are silenced, muffled, or unheard (They’re still there). How can a voice find itself when its has been relegated to echo? Do we care? (We should.)

“A Haunting” will address the question of what it means to occupy an already occupied space—in the context of ghostly stories, and in narratives of indigeneity and immigration. We ask: how do our bodies in the present interact with the ghosts of the future? How are we haunted by our voices, our silences? We explore the act of writing as possessive, an engagement with identity, history, language, and secrets mediated through the body in performance.

“A Haunting” will present the creative research prompted by these questions in the form of a performance-based ghost tour curated from local artists’ submissions.

Kama La Mackerel
Raïssa Simone
Tiffany Ashoona
Alisha Mascarenhas
Eli Lynch

Cedar-Eve Peters (Painting)
Vanessa Dion Fletcher (Video)
Nam Chi Nguyen (Video)

“A Haunting” is presented in collaboration with Yiara Magazine and the Department of Art History at Concordia University.


~*~* 7pm EV Building, room 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine ~*~*



Evie Shockley is the author of several collections of poetry, including A Half-Red Sea (2006) and The New Black (2011). In a review of The New Black for Library Journal, Chris Pusateri observed, ”Shockley’s irk incorporates elements of myth without being patently ‘mythical’ and is personal without being self-indulgent, sentimental without being saccharine.”

Trish Salah, born in Halifax, is the author of the Lambda Award-winning Wanting in Arabic and of Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1. She is co-editor of a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, on Trans Cultural Production, and a member of the editorial boards of TSQ and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. Currently Salah is assistant professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University.

*~*~* The Co-op Bookstore will be selling books *~*~*
The Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore is pleased to offer a viable alternative to the corporate structure, putting students’ best interests above and beyond our own bottom line. As a not-for-profit alternative to corporate bookstores, we are conveniently located right on Concordia’s downtown campus at 2150 Bishop Street in Montreal. Offering both new and used books, in addition to a wide variety of artisan consignments, we also boast the largest selection of sex and gender studies titles anywhere in Montreal.

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.