Poets Theatre Festival

Poets Theatre Workshop with Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy + much more

Weds July 16  Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy reading 8pm

Thurs & Fri July 17-18 Workshop7-10pm

Sat July 19 Performance of Poets Theatre workshop plays

Sun July 20  Ian Wallace: Artist Talk and Discussion 3pm

Sun July 27  War Wounds: An afternoon of Short Plays by Poets organized by Dorothy Trujillo Lusk  3pm

Thurs July 31  Poets Theatre DOUBLE BILL: Artist Poetry curated by Tiziana La Melia + Jack Spicer’s Young Goodman Brown (1946)
 produced by Michael Turner  8pm

Full Program

Venue for all events: The Apartment Gallery


Workshop dates: July 17-19 (Thurs & Fri 7-10pm; Sat 2-4pm; performance of plays Sat 8pm)

San Francisco-based writers Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian will be in Vancouver for three days to lead a brief, but intense course in Poets Theater that will culminate in a live performance on Saturday, July 19. Bellamy and Killian have worked steadily in the long-running Poets Theater in the Bay Area since the late 1980s and between them have written parts of, or all of, nearly fifty plays, in collaboration with such English language poets as Leslie Scalapino, Barbara Guest, Brian Kim Stefans, Norma Cole, and dozens of others. We’re going to write a series of short ten minute plays, rewrite them, cast them, stage them, direct them, panic about them, cut those terrible slow first ten minutes from them, and then on Saturday night we’ll deliver a fully participatory, multimedia extravaganza like Peter Brook or Robert Wilson might do if they had only a tiny budget and actors better at being poets than stars. But as Aleister Crowley said, in Vancouver, “The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die.” All welcome to participate—every man and every woman is a star.

Kevin Killian is a San Francisco-based writer and artist. His books include Bedrooms Have Windows, Shy, Little Men, Impossible Princess, Action Kylie, two volumes of Selected Amazon Reviews, and Tweaky Village. Recent projects include a novel, Spreadeagle, from Publication Studio, and Tagged, intimate portraits of poets, artists, writers, musicians, etc.

Dodie Bellamy’s latest books are The TV Sutras (Ugly Duckling) and Cunt Norton (Les Figues). Her chapbook Barf Manifesto was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York. Her reflections on the Occupy Oakland movement, “The Beating of Our Hearts,” was published by Semiotext(e) in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Limited spaces available in the workshop. Register now!


1) Email TCR  to reserve a spot: tcr@capilanou.ca
2) Then mail a cheque for $100 made out to The Capilano Review. Each participant receives a free subscription to TCR.

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

and don’t miss the READING that opens the Festival on Weds July 16, 8:00pm

at The Apartment Gallery,
119B E  Pender St, Vancouver

Contact TCR for more info.

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