Direct from Mattawa! Join us for an online performance by the brilliant and wonderful poet and artist bill bissett!
On Zoom: 15 august 2021 / 8pm atlantic / 7pm eastern time
bissett is a poet, editor, painter and musician. He has been a leading figure not only on the West Coast cultural scene, but in Canadian culture nationally. He is an experimental, concrete and performance poet, reciting and chanting his own work. “Make no mistake about it”, wrote one Vancouver journalist, “bill bissett’s poetry is political. How much more subversive can you get?” He has been called a “precious and non-renewable cultural resource” and “a one-man civilization”.
This reading is dedicated to our dear friend Tom Young who went to spirit on 1 February 2021 and remains with us always.
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More about bill: bill bissett: born on lunaria was on th first childrns shuttul out uv that trubuld planet as all th oxygen had suddnlee dsapeerd gone i was brout in2 erth born from an erthling mothr 17 moovd 2 vancouvr from halifax 85 moovd part time 2 london writr in residens western universitee joind luddites altrnativ rock band from 86-91 moovd 2 toronto part time with vancouver n lac la hache n 2007 moovd full time toronto record vocals with pete dako composr n mewsishan latest cds s t a r s n th ride both n othrs on bandcamp latest book b r e t h / th treez uv lunaria from talonbooks selektid rare n nu pomes 1957-2019 from talonbooks next book from talonbooks its th sailors life / still in treetment fall 2022 relees n fall 2021 from universitee uv calgary press i want to tell you love with milton acorn also a paintr n drawer latest drawings in th book lip by franco cortese from penteract press n bin a director n sec tresurer uv th secret handshake sins 2006
This event is made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.
Rae Marie Taylor’s work bridges her creative activities in Montreal and her homeland in the American Southwest. As a writer her book of essays The Land Our Gift and Wild Hope was awarded Finalist from the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Here In the North, as a poet she performs in various venues with Montreal musicians Pierre Tanguay and Diane Labrosse and in Quebec City with the jazz duo Michel and Pierre Côté.
In both places, Rae’s visual art has included painting, sculpture and installation. She first experienced land art at the annual El Ancon Outdoor Sculpture show while living in New Mexico where the concern with relationship with place is dominant in the cultures as well as art and literature. Having immigrated to Montreal, her occasional installation work was taken inside to gallery spaces.
b r e t h / th trees uv lunaria selektid rare n nu pomes n drawings 1957-2019
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia bissett is a poet, editor, painter and musician. He has been a leading figure not only on the West Coast cultural scene, but in Canadian culture nationally. He is an experimental, concrete and performance poet, reciting and chanting his own work. “Make no mistake about it”, wrote one Vancouver journalist, “bill bissett’s poetry is political. How much more subversive can you get?” He has been called a “precious and non-renewable cultural resource” and “a one-man civilization”.
For more information about the workshop, read below…
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Students should be familiar with bill bissett’s work prior to the visit. He recommends selections from seagull on yonge street or canada geese mate for life, or any poem(s) from his recent work. He begins each session with a chant and then reads from his most recent collection. His readings are broken into sections, allowing for questions from students. bissett explores with students the unorthodoxies of his own forms and orthonography, and his use of these expressions as a means of illustrating the very great freedom available to students in creative writing.