April 28, 2009

Impromptu #1

EEN PERSOONLIJKE UITNODIGING NAAR EEN HEEL BIJZONDERE AVOND: Als gedichten niet meer vanuit de hoogte op ons hoofd vielen… als de poëzie geen product was maar een proces… als dichters luisteraars waren, deelnemers aan een gesprek… als we rond een grote houten tafel zouden zitten, met kaarsen in de raam, en woordspelletjes in de koffie lieten smelten… of als we de jaren tachtig waren en de poëzie zich ontpopte tot Pac-Man…

WAT? Deze “Impromptu”-lezing, het pasgeboren paramenselijk kindje van Krikri + a.rawlings, zet zijn hoeven voor de eerste keer op Belgische bodem neer. Op dinsdag 28 april 2009 komen Canadese schrijvers Larissa Lai en Jacob Wren naar Gent voor een poëtische uitwisseling van teksten. Na lezingen door Larissa en Jacob, is iedereen welkom om uit zijn/haar eigen werk te lezen. Zo krijgen de Canadezen ook de kans om te horen waar wij allemaal mee bezig zijn: alle talen zijn welkom.

MET WAT ERBIJ? Je bent uitgenodigd om één korte tekst of compositie mee te brengen om met de groep te delen (in de taal van je keuze). Toegang is gratis, maar dranken zijn betalend. Boeken van de Canadese schrijvers zijn tijdens de avond te koop. Je mag natuurlijk ook je eigen boeken, cds enzovoort meebrengen.

WANNEER? dinsdag 28 april 2009, 20 uur

WAAR? Het oeverloze eiland, Third Floor, Oudburg 39, 9000 Ghent, Tel 09 234 32 00. (Dichtbij de Vrijdagmarkt)

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YOU ARE PERSONALLY AND CORDIALLY INVITED TO THIS SPECIAL GATHERING!

If poems were no longer dropped on our head from a great height… if poetry was process not product… if poets were listeners and participants in a conversation… if we were sitting round a big wooden table, candles in the window, stirring wordplay into our coffee… or if we were the Eighties and poetry were Pac-Man…

WHAT’S GOING ON? Impromptu Reading Series, the parahuman offspring of Krikri+a.rawlings, plants its hooves in Belgian potting soil on April 28th.

Canadian writers Larissa Lai and Jacob Wren visit Ghent to share text. After they read, everyone else is welcome to read from their own work (or from someone else’s work). The idea is to create an informal exchange of perspectives between Canadian and Belgian writers and readers.

WHAT SHOULD WE BRING? You’re encouraged to bring one short text/composition to share with the group (in any language, written by yourself or someone else). The event is free, but you are encouraged to bring €€€ for drinks and in case you’re moved to enhance your collection of Canadian literature (books will be for sale). Of course you can bring your own books and CDs for sale too.

WHEN? Tuesday 28th April 2009, 20:00

WHERE? Het oeverloze eiland, Third Floor, Oudburg 39, 9000 Ghent, Tel 09 234 32 00. The venue is near Vrijdagmarkt.

WHO WILL BE THERE? Larissa Lai was born in La Jolla, California, grew up in Newfoundland and lived and worked in Vancouver for many years as a writer, organizer and editor. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Canadian Literature at the University of British Columbia. Her first novel, When Fox Is a Thousand (Press Gang 1995, Arsenal Pulp 2004) was shortlisted for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her second novel, Salt Fish Girl (Thomas Allen Publishers 2002) was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, the Tiptree Award and the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Award. In 2009, she published a book-length collaborative long poem with Rita Wong called sybil unrest and a chapbook called Eggs in the Basement (Nomados). Her first full length solo poetry collection, Automaton Biographies will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in the Fall of 2009. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and PhD in English from the University of Calgary.

OOH, WHO ELSE? Jacob Wren is a writer and maker of eccentric performances. His recent books include Unrehearsed Beauty (Coach House Books), Families Are Formed Through Copulation (Pedlar Press), Le génie des autres (Le Quartanier), La famille se crée en copulant (Le Quartanier) and the upcoming novel Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created En francais comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize (1998), Unrehearsed Beauty / Le Génie des autres (2002), La famille se crée en copulant (2005) and Hospitality (2008). In 2007 he was invited to Berlin by Sophiensaele to adapt and direct Wolfgang Koeppen’s 1954 novel Der Tod in Rom and in 2008 he was commissioned by Campo in Ghent to co-create (with Pieter De Buysser) a new performance entitled An Anthology of Optimism. He frequently writes about contemporary art.