2017 – 2018 Season

Poetry Club: 2017 – 2018 reading series 

Take a look at the events in our Writer’s Read 2017 – 2018 reading series and get a grasp of what we do in our program. Below are the sessions that took place within the semester including the lecturers and the lessons that they have covered:

September 2017: Lahey Lecture and Poetry Reading

*Co-sponsored by the Department of English 

When: Friday, September 29, 2017 4p.m. to 7p.m. 

Where: Hall building, room 763, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West 

This session on our program is led by Professor Fred Moten who is currently teaching in the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts. He has been teaching literature for decades and his knowledge in both poetry and writing theory helped countless students and aspiring authors in their careers. 

In the world of literature, Fred Moten is known as an American cultural theorist who writes countless relevant poems about the lives of black people in America. Not only that but his works also explore critical theories, black studies, and the relevance of performing arts. 

Some of the books that Fred Moten wrote are the following: 

  • In the Break: The Aesthetic of the Black Radical Tradition published in the University of Minnesota Press
  • Hughson’s Tavern published by Leon Works
  • B. Jenkins published in Duke University Press
  • The Feel Trio published by Letter Machine 
  • The Little Edges published by Wesleyan University Press
  • The Service Porch published by Letter Machine Editions
  • Consent Not To Be A Single Being: A three-volume essay collection published by Duke University press

Fred Molten shared his experiences as a writer with the student body and proceeded to discuss the difficulties that he had encountered before he reached his peak as an author. He also gave some helpful tips to students who want to have culture and tradition as the focus of their works. 

As a writer who takes pride in his roots as an African-American, Fred Molten shared to the class how they can write creative novels based on culture without hiding any of the truth by mixing it with fiction. He teaches students how to expose reality through writing and gives everyone a few points on how they can become successful as a writer.   

October 2017: Durga Chew-Bose and Haley Mlotek: In Conversation

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7 p.m. 

Where: Hall building, room 763, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West 

For this session, we are fortunate to have two published authors: Durga Chew-Bose and Haley Mlotek. Both authors are highly skilled professionals who have dedicated their lives to literature and writing. They both cover similar fields in writing. However, Durga Chew-Bose applies creativity in her writing while also exploring reality. Meanwhile, Haley Mlotek focuses on technical writing teaching the students about the information that they should never exclude in their works.  

The combination of the two helps create a balance in the way that the students write. By having a professional that works on being creative and another one that focuses on the technical aspect of writing, this session allows the students to write factual articles without losing their creativity. 

As for their achievements in writing, Durga Chew-Bose is a well-known writer based in Brooklyn, New York. The first book that she has written is Too Much and Not the Mood was published on April 11, 2017. It was published by three publishing companies: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Her work is met with countless positive reviews from readers, writers, and publishers.  

Before Durga published her first book, she worked as a writer on magazines and online publications such as The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The New Inquiry, N+1, Interview, Paper, and Hazlitt. 

Meanwhile, Haley Mlotek is a New York-based writer, editor, and events organizer. Her works appeared in countless renowned magazines and newspapers all over the world. She is currently working as a senior editor in SENSE and plays the role of the co-chair in the Freelance Solidarity Project, which is a division for digital media workers within the National Writers Union. 

She previously worked as the style editor of MTV News as well as performed the role of an editor in The Hairpin. She was also the publisher of WORN Fashion Journal. She is currently working on a book about relationships and divorce which is set to be published sometime this year under the publishers: Viking Books and McClelland & Stewart publishing house.

During the session, Durga and Haley taught the students how they can interlace creative writing while having reality as the foreground of their works. They have established the fact that writers can make their works interesting even as they cover the mundane reality of life. 

Their lecture allowed students to find the angle in life that they are interested in discussing. They ended the session with a few helpful points in both creative writing and technical writing.

October 2017: Daphne Marlatt and Erin Moure: Celebrating Feminist Experimentation 

When: Friday, October 27, 2017, 7p.m. 

Where: York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Two influential feminist writers joined us on October 27 to discuss how you can fight for feminism through writing and what is the importance of being a feminist writer. They shared their extensive knowledge about some of the most popular female writers who defied society and wrote their own narrative. 

Daphne Marlatt is known in the literary world as a Canadian poet and novelist whose works explore the strength of women. In her own words, she is self-reflexively a West Coast, deconstructionist, lesbian, and feminist writer. She has authored more than twenty books and she still continues to share her passion and love for literature up to this day. Her dedication to exploring local, historical, feminist, and post-colonial topics are clearly reflected in all of her writings. Her most popular work is Etymological Deconstruction and Wordplay.

Meanwhile, Moure is one of the most beloved experimental poets of this generation. She is a Canadian poet and translator of verse that has worked on countless feminist topics. Most of her pieces are rooted in a philosophical mix where she divulges several issues in society. Most of her works are not easily accessible but she has won countless awards in literature including the Governor General’s Award. 

NOVEMBER 2017: Marina Carr and Suzette Mayr: Tips on creative writing


*Co-Sponsored by the Department of Irish Studies. 

When: Friday, November 3, 2017, 7 PM

Where: York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

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 Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama.


When: Friday, November 17, 2017, 7 PM

Where: York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Mayr is the author of Monoceros, Moon Honey, The Widows, and Venous Hum. Monoceros was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Suzette Mayr is here to present her most recent novel, Dr Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall, a ‘manic, queer, and hallucinatory farce.’

SPRING 2018: Writer’s Read spring reading! 

March 2018 Dates & Room TBA: Danielle Dutton and Renee Gladman 

*Co-Sponsored by the Université de Montréal

When: March 19, 2018, 7 PM 

Where: York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Dutton is the author of Attempts at a Life, SPRAWL (a finalist for the Believer Book Award), and the novel Margaret the First. She is the founder and publisher of the small press Dorothy.

Gladman’s books include Event Factory, The Activist, Juice, and Arlem, and Prose Architectures. Her experimental poetry and prose have been associated with the New Narrative movement.

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 March, the festival will feature readings by Sean Michaels, Madeleine Thien, Karen Solie, Will Aitken and more. Panels will be announced in late January. Dates are subject to change. For updates and details find us online. 

Writers Read is one of a long tradition of diverse literary reading series at Concordia University and has recently hosted such authors as Mary Ruefle, Ben Lerner, Dionne Brand, and Roxane Gay.

In the previous years of our program, we invited famous authors such as Lynn Coady, Jonathan Goldstein, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Lydia Davis, Roddy Doyle, Mary Gaitskill, Tanya Tagaq, and Charles Bernstein. All of these authors shared their experience and knowledge in literature while helping the students hone their skills in both writing and literary criticism. 

Our program is supported by the faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University and the English Department.