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Tripwire 12 * AKA Vancouver: Writings from the Unceded Territories

My long poem, THOT-J-BAP, appears in Issue 12, of Oakland, CA’s Tripwire (David Buuck, editor) in a feature on Vancouver writers, including…

Jordan AbelGeorge BoweringLouis CabriJeff DerksenAmy D’AthMercedes EngRyan FitzpatrickSonnet L’Abbe, Danielle LaFranceChristine LeclercDonato ManciniRolf Maurerrob mclennanCecily NicholsonLisa Robertson, Stephen CollisFred WahRita Wong, and others…

…along with a special tribute to Peter Culley. Thrilled to keep this company and Unceded.

Issue Available Here

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Poets Among Artists: A Revisit

Linebreak

Preparing for an Ekphrasis workshop in Surrey, recalling Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, re-reading SubTerrain’s LineBreak

“That man of collections, Henry Pearlman, beneficent, and I, visitor, happy to gaze.
That afternoon, home via the Skytrain, I sat down at my kitchen table.
Time arranged itself around a cup of tea, the poem, ‘rival trading posts,’ smoothed out and held:
in silence, the substance of uninterrupted observation, a method.
Here again, the object, with its emanations.”

Events and readings

Word Vancouver 2015 – Musing on the Poetic Process

Word Vancouver 2015
Image from Word Vancouver

Last but not least for events at Word Vancouver, I’ll be at Magazine Words on September 27 at 4:00pm, which features Canadian literary magazine presentations, readings, and panel discussions…

Honoured to be co-moderating the event, Musing on the Poetic Process, with Wayde Compton, and speaking with Jordan Abel, Rahat Kurd, and Jacqueline Turner

Looking forward to seeing you there…

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Poets Among Artists: Renee Saklikar on “rival trading posts” by Jordan Abel

Poets Among Artists: Renee Saklikar on “rival trading posts” by Jordan Abel

A recent essay I wrote for Line Break at subTerrain magazine. Congratulations to founder/editor Shazia Hafiz  and the folks at SubTerrain for this fascinating new online publication on art and poetry. A snippet:

This past March, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, with Jordan Abel’s “rival trading posts” printed and folded inside my back pocket, I chose to view, Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, visiting us from Princeton University on loan by the Pearlman Foundation.

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That man of collections, Henry Pearlman, beneficent, and I, visitor, happy to gaze.
That afternoon, home via the Skytrain, I sat down at my kitchen table.
Time arranged itself around a cup of tea, the poem, “rival trading posts,” smoothed out and held:
in silence, the substance of uninterrupted observation, a method.
Here again, the object, with its emanations…”

Read the Piece Here

children of air india In Depth

children of air india – with Daniel Zomparelli and Jordan Abel

children of air india – with Daniel Zomparelli and Jordan Abel:

Jordan Abel: I’m very interested by how, after children of air india became a book, you were able to look back on your writing process. I often find myself wondering exactly what inspired me to choose the direction that the book ended up following. For me, I think erasure was a reaction to a moment of pure frustration. I felt unable to access the richness of the intersection between my life and Barbeau’s text. And, as a result, I felt an overwhelming desire to silence Barbeau’s interpretation of history. That, of course, began with me erasing parts of his writing, which was a process that I attempted to continue throughout the rest of the project.

I was wondering, once you found your way into the Air India / Canada narrative, what processes sustained your writing?”

– The Conversant

Events and readings

A Gathering of Poets – Readings by BC Book Prize Finalists

A Gathering of Poets – Readings by BC Book Prize Finalists

“Join this year’s recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize as well as three of the finalists for A Gathering of Poets: Readings by BC Book Prize Finalists at the Vancouver Public Library. BC Book Prize winner Jordan Abel (The Place of Scraps) will be joined by Catherine Greenwood (The Lost Letters), Jennica Harper (Wood), and Renée Sarojini Saklikar (children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections) for the event.”
Date: Monday 9 June
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch
350 West Georgia Street
Admission: Free
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May 16: Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Program Conference

Join some of Canada’s most accomplished writers, educators and students on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia for a long weekend of readings, panels and seminars about the art and craft of literature.

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CCWWP Panel: Performance as a Site of Research. Poetry Craft & Criticism + Poetry Readings

“In the crosshairs of language, literature, spoken word, and drama, lies the modern day poetry reading. What practices do published poets employ to produce a literature that inhabits the aural as well as the demands of the text? How might poets respond to bpnichol’s dictum: performance as a site of research.

 Wayde Compton, Jordan Abel, Jen Currin, and Ray Hsu in conversation with Renee Sarojini Saklikar, will give short talks about their poetic practice and their ideas on approaches to poetry.”

I’ll also be discussing the essay  These Layers That Surround Us from Ooligan Press, a short essay  about the writing of “the next growing season,” and a poem memorializing the death of Canadian workers.

Location: UBC Campus

Room: Buchanan B318

Time: 1:45PM to 3:00PM

Click here for conference schedule