Poetry Workshop with Cole Swensen

Date: Sunday, March 16, 12:00-5:00pm
Cost: $50
Location: The Apartment Gallery, Vancouver, BC

TCR is delighted to welcome Cole Swensen as our 2014 Writer-in-Residence.

Cole Swensen is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry, most recently Gravesend (U. of California Press, 2012), Greensward (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), and Ours (U. of California Press, 2008), and a volume of essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan Press, 2011). She is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, the founding editor of La Presse Books, which specializes in contemporary French writing translated by English-language poets, and a translator of twelve books of contemporary French poetry and prose. Cole taught at the University of Denver and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before moving to the Literary Arts Program at Brown University where she now teaches.


Poetry Looking Out

This workshop, engaging both generative and reflective modes, will focus on two things: perception and the creative cycle. Considering poetry as a non-invasive tool of exploration that has particular access to the world’s subtle interstices, we will use various ekphrastic techniques to generate writing that we will then put through a series of response and redrafting stages in order to examine ways of working raw material into a finished piece.

Cole often bases her poetry collections around specific research projects: she has written books on things such as the French formal garden (Ours), the paintings of Pierre Bonnard, (The Glass Age) and the anatomy of the hand (The Book of a Hundred Hands). Her most recent work, Gravesend, looks at the evolution of the ghost in western society.

Read a sample of Cole’s poems.

And more.

Limited spaces available in the workshop. Register now!


1) Email TCR by March 7 to reserve a spot: tcr@capilanou.ca
2) Then mail a cheque for $50 made out to The Capilano Review. Cheques should be received by March 12 to confirm a spot. Each participant receives a free subscription to TCR.

The Capilano Review
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Cole is also available for 45 min manuscript consultations with writers who submit to TCR a maximum of 10 double-spaced pages before March 10.

don’t miss the READING! — Cole Swensen and Lisa Robertson:

in the Grand Luxe Hall
303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Weds March 19, 7:30pm (doors 7:00)

$5 at door

and PANEL DISCUSSION: The Empire at Home

Cole Swenson, Colin Browne, and Mercedes Eng.
Capilano University Cedar Building (CE) 148

Thurs March 20, 11:30-1:00
Co-sponsored by the Liberal Studies BA
Free and open to the public

TCR thanks the Canada Council’s Visiting Foreign Artists program for their support of Cole Swensen’s visit.

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