Thursday, February 17, 2011

VERSeFest: Monty Reid + Marcus McCann lectures, March

span-o (the small press action network – ottawa) in conjunction with VERSeFest Ottawa present:

The Factory Reading Series, a “Master Class” event
featuring talks by two poets
Marcus McCann, “No Permissions: Why Poets Don’t (and Shouldn’t) Ask Nice”
& Monty Reid, “How Come Inger Isn’t Here?”

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
Friday, March 11, 2011
doors 7pm, $7.50 (passes available)
Arts Court Theatre, Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

Marcus McCann [photo: Michael Erickson] is the author of Soft Where (Chaudiere Books, 2009) and eight chapbooks, most recently The Glass Jaw (Bywords, 2010) and Town in a Long Day of Leaving (above/ground 2010). He's a past organizer of the Transgress Festival and the Naughty Thoughts Book Club. A journalist by day, McCann lives in Toronto.
No Permission: Why Poets Don't (and Shouldn't) Ask Nice
Every now and then, a controversy erupts over a poet's use of material without asking permission. Recently, a heated debate threatened to divide US poets over Raymond McDaniel's Convention Centres of the New World. In Canada, plunderverse, found text and the liberal use of source material have gotten a relatively free pass from both the establishment and academia. Marcus McCann asks, what is a poet's obligation to his source material?
Monty Reid was born in Saskatchewan, lived for many years in Alberta, and now lives in Ottawa. His recent publications include Disappointment Island (Chaudiere), The Luskville Reductions (Brick), Site Conditions (Apt 9) and a number of chapbooks from the In the Garden project. He has won Alberta’s Stephansson Award for Poetry on three occasions, a national magazine award, and is a 3-time nominee for the Governor-General’s Award. Disappointment Island was shortlisted for the City of Ottawa Book Award and won the Lampman-Scott Award for poetry. Best known as a poet, he has also written children’s books, essays, songs, tv and radio scripts and other writings. He plays guitar and mandolin in the band Call Me Katie.
How Come Inger Isn’t Here?

Some say poets are the experts on absence. There is always something - the grail, the muse, the beloved, the other - that slips beyond the extended hand, that disappears on the other side of the word.

If this is true, then a poetry festival must always be a celebration of what is not there. With typical insight and humour, Monty Reid explores the work of poets he wants to see at VERSeFest but, at least in some cases, never will.
Running from March 8 to 13, this is Ottawa's first annual VERSeFest Poetry Festival, a collaboration between a number of Ottawa's reading series. Check for ticket information and prices, as well as information on other events.

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