Michelle Sylliboy, a Mi’kmaq (L’nu) artist/author, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised on unceded territory in We’koqmaq Cape Breton. Arriving on the art scene in 1995, her Interdisciplinary art practice embodies some of her own life experiences which has led her to work with emerging and professional artists from all over Turtle Island. Michelle recently moved back to her territory after living and working on unceded Coast Salish territory for the past twenty-seven years. While in Vancouver, she learned to capture and intrigue the art community with her Interdisciplinary style of work. She gathers much of her inspiration from personal tales, the environment, and her L’nuk culture. PhD Candidate, Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L’nuk Komqwejwi’kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L’nuk teachers and Elders in Cape Breton.
Juliane Okot Bitek
In 100 Days (University of Alberta Press, 2016), Juliane Okot Bitek writes a poem a day for one hundred days in the summer of 2014 on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. 100 Days won the 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, the 2016 Foreword INDIES Poetry Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for both the 2017 Pat Lowther Award and the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Juliane’s latest chapbook, Sublime: Lost Words is available online from The Elephants. Aside from poetry, Juliane also writes creative non-fiction, fiction and essays. She is currently wrestling a beast of a dissertation (on the lost memory of the 1979 sinking of a ship on Lake Victoria) at UBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, where she is completing her doctorate.
Ian Hatcher is a writer, performer, and programmer whose work explores cognition in the context of digital systems. Recent output includes a vinyl/mp3 record, Drone Pilot (cOsmOsmOse 2017); a print poetry collection, Prosthesis (Poor Claudia 2016); and numerous screen poems, including the iOS app Abra, created with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin. His code-inflected vocal performances have been widely presented in North America and Europe. He received his MFA from Brown University and lives in New York.
Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio, and The Little Edges. A three-volume collection of essays, Stolen Life/consent not to be a single being/Black and Blur, and a new book of poems, The Service Porch, are forthcoming in 2016. Moten teaches at the University of California, Riverside and also serves intermittently as a writing faculty member in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and in the Summer Writers Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute. Co-founder and co-publisher (with Joseph Donahue) of a small literary press called Three Count Pour, Moten lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Laura Harris, and their sons Lorenzo and Julian.
TCR would like to thank the Canada Council’s Visiting Foreign Artist program, the SFU Department of English, and the Western Front for their support of Moten’s visit.
Kevin Killian & Dodie Bellamy
Dodie Bellamy and Kevin 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.
TCR would like to thank the Canada Council’s Visiting Foreign Artists program for their support of this visit.
Barry McKinnon has published nine books of poetry (most recently In the Millennium, New Star, 2009 and The Centre: Poems 1970-2000, Talonbooks, 2004) and countless chapbooks. His book, The the, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 1980. Pulp Log won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award in 1991, and Arrhythmia was the winner of the bp Nichol Chapbook Award for the best chapbook published in Canada in English in 1994. His chapbook Surety Disappears was the runner-up for the bp Nichol Award in 2008.
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.
TCR would like to thank the Canada Council’s Visiting Foreign Artists program for their support of Cole’s visit.
Bhanu Kapil lives in Colorado where she teaches writing and thinking at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as well as Goddard College’s low-residency MFA. She teaches across genres, with a particular focus on experimental prose writing. Recent classes at Naropa have engaged architecture, animal studies, performance art, and memory as ways to approach or navigate contemporary narrative and poetics. Kapil has written four full-length, cross-genre works: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press 2009), and Schizophrene (Nightboat Books 2011). Currently, she is writing a novel of the race riot, BAN. An on-going experimental pedagogy and reflection can be found at her blog: Was Gertrude Stein a Punjabi?.
TCR would like to thank the Canada Council’s Visiting Foreign Artists program for their support of Kapil’s visit.