unspeakable, unresolvable questions — form and function in Rankine’s Citizen

In anticipation of Claudia Rankine’s visit to Concordia University we are featuring writing that responds to Rankine’s works Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. This piece is by Concordia MA student, Chalsley Taylor. Rankine will be giving a public reading at 7pm, March 10, 2017 in the DeSeve Cinema in Concordia’s

The Things We Tell Each Other: A Response to Claudia Rankine’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”

In anticipation of Claudia Rankine’s visit to Concordia University this week we will feature writing that responds to Rankine’s works Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. Rankine will be giving a public reading at 7pm, March 10, 2017 in the DeSeve Cinema in Concordia’s Library building on de Maisonneuve. Books will

Rankine. Friday. Montreal.

In anticipation of Claudia Rankine’s visit to Concordia University this week we will feature writing by Concordia students responding to Claudia Rankine’s works Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. For now, here are the details and an article from New Statesmen: United states of prejudice: Claudia Rankine’s powerful interrogations of racism

Citizen Artist Feature: Toyin Ojih Odutola

Toyin Ojih Odutola‘s piece Uncertain yet Reserved is featured in Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric. Rankine will be reading at Concordia University on March 10, 2017. Details here. Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ife, Nigeria) is a visual artist who creates drawings exploiting diverse mediums to emphasize how an image is a striated

An Evening with Claudia Rankine

  An Evening with Claudia Rankine: March 10, 2017 7pm J.A. de Sève Cinema, Webster Library, Concordia University, 1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal Join us for a reading and discussion with Claudia Rankine. She is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t

The Racial Imaginary

“…our imaginations are creatures as limited as we ourselves are. They are not some special, uninfiltrated realm that transcends the messy realities of our lives and minds. To think of creativity in terms of transcendence is itself specific and partial—a lovely dream perhaps, but an inhuman one.” -Claudia Rankine and

Claudia Rankine on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In a recent article by Maria Robins-Somerville, Claudia Rankine talks about writing Citizen, taking part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day symposium and racial imaginaries. Read the full article from The Michigan Daily. Claudia Rankine will be reading at Concordia University on March 10th, 2017.

Link Round Up: Citizen

Claudia Rankine will be reading at Concordia University on March 10th, 2017. Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. David Hammons is the creator is In the Hood (1993), the artwork featured on the

5pm Haunting / 7pm Reading

  ~*~* 5pm Library Building, 6th Floor, 1400 de Maisonneuve ~*~* We talk about writing without respect to it as an embodied practice for some—always highly political and always highly personal. We talk about writing with a set of tools by which to understand it—tools that have turned into standards,

Damian Rogers is a Social Menace

Off the Page Festival welcomes Damian Rogers Thursday, November 3rd, in Concordia’s Grey Nuns Building (1175 Rue St Mathieu), room M100, starting at 7:30pm. Damian Rogers is a social person. “I will talk to someone for hours, no problem. I’m good to talk, as they say,” Rogers recently told Trevor

How Poems Work: “Enough” by Suzanne Buffam

From The Irrationalist.   I am wearing dark glasses inside the house To match my dark mood.   I have left all the sugar out of the pie. My rage is a kind of domestic rage.   I learned it from my mother Who learned it from her mother before her


The schedule is here!! See you out and about. Download here: otp-fall2016-program-clr.

Anna Leventhal: Don’t Call Her ‘Quirky’

“I think ‘quirky’ is a term that’s used to dismiss work, in particular by women, that’s challenging or hard to categorize” – Anna Leventhal, Montreal Gazette   In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, Anna Leventhal discusses her short story collection Sweet Affliction, and why she definitively does not want to be

Bydlowska on The Next Chapter: Escaping Herself

  In a recent interview with The Next Chapter on CBC Radio One, Jowita Bydlowska discusses the inspiration for her first novel, Guy: escaping herself. She started writing the novel during the editing stage of Drunk Mom, and found the idea of spending time in the mind of a misogynistic womanizer liberating after

From the Archive: Francine Prose

Writers Read looks back at hosting prolific author, Francine Prose, in March, 2014, in Concordia’s Henry F. Hall building. Attendees crowded into the Hall conference room for a reading of Prose’s novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (HarperTorch, 2014), and later, a Q&A session with the Brooklyn native.

In with the New Shockley

Off the Page event: November 4th, 7pm, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine Those who know Evie Shockley from her 2006 publication, a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), will know how her lyrical style contains themes of ancestry and racial identity which flow through contexts of modern

Chloe Caldwell on Shame

“When men create characters based on themselves, they are innovative; when women do it, they’re shaming their families.” – Chloe Caldwell, Catapult Read Chloe Caldwell’s piece here.   In a recent article for Catapult’s online magazine, Chloe Caldwell voices her frustration about the inequality of assumed shame for writers, especially

How Poems Work: A Selection from Suzanne Buffam’s “A Pillow Book”

From A Pillow Book, pages 41-43.   Some nights I visit Inés Fernández, the forlorn school teacher from southwestern Spain, who yawned once in the sun at a passing religious procession, felt a brief, searing pain through the back of her skull, and never slept another wink all her life. For

Damian Rogers reads Suzanne Buffam

Here she’s talking about the Irrationalist. Read the entire piece over on LemonHound. The wonderful is on full display throughout The Irrationalist. The language is fresh, precise, and natural; the form and structure, both micro and macro, support the voice without overshadowing it. Throughout the book, Buffam references some of

Off the Page Fall 2016: Festival Schedule

Off The Page November 3rd – 5th, 2016 Following its stellar spring series in March 2016, Off The Page is back this fall with a fresh lineup of panels and readings. The festival, presented by Writers Read & Concordia University, boasts a busy three-day schedule from November 3 – 5

From the Archive: Tanya Tagaq

Writers Read looks back at hosting Tanya Tagaq in October, 2013. That evening, a first-come-first-serve audience crammed into a conference room in Concordia’s Henry F. Hall to witness the unique line-up of throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, experimental poet, Christian Bök, and composer/performance artist, Jaap Blonk. Seating became a competitive event

#Today #Tonight

Debbie: An Epic will be performed in its entirety on Friday, October 21st in LB 671.05 at Concordia University’s LB building from 2 PM – 5 PM. Stop by anytime to listen or join in. & THEN:

Bewitched by Broadbent

Writers Read and Concordia University welcome Lisa Robertson and Laura Broadbent tonight at 7pm, in the York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine Readers first shook hands with Laura Broadbent through the pages of her remarkable, and strikingly titled book, Oh There You Are I Can’t See You Is

How Poems Work: “The Stricture” by Lisa Robertson

From Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip.   ‘The 69 heads of Messerschmidt cast in lead are not heaven.’ ‘The magnetic cures of Mesmer on the plastic soul are more difficult to characterize.’ ‘The heavens of Flanders are like textile in lustrousness – a bridal textile.’ ‘We see the classic theme of


Debbie: An Epic will be performed in its entirety on Friday, October 21st in LB 671.05 at Concordia University’s LB building from 2 PM – 5 PM. Stop by anytime to listen or join in.

Jowita Bydlowska’s GUY

“It was both fascinating and disturbing to read Jowita Bydlowska’s debut novel, Guy, during the same week news broke of Donald Trump’s 2005 comments describing how he likes to treat (or rather, sexually assault) women. As the recorded revelation sparked a widespread discussion about what men really say about women

Coming your way! Friday October, 21st


Submission Call, Off the Page Festival: A Haunting

We have seen ghosts—in the flickering of light bulbs, of the body, and in the persisting reverberations of history. We hear them with our mouths and pens; we write them into memory. Who are they? Do they hear us? What do they know? “A Haunting” will address the question of

Submission Call, Off the Page Festival: A Literary Wake

Are you, or is someone you know, a writer living in or near Montreal and looking to read work to an audience? Would you like to know what that work would sound like as re-imagined by a live band? Learn more and apply to perform here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWJ5mQgUWF-wRJPeV84xBUx0RnjB-oRQDYHKhQ98YOpoo1Tw/viewform About the event:

Don McKay & Jeramy Dodds @Concordia

Students were treated to a “smorgasboard” of sound. Jeramy signs Crabwise.

From the Archive: Julie Salverson

Writers Read looks back at hosting Julie Salverson with Peter van Wyck in January, 2012. Upon arriving at the York Theatre, attendees were treated to the cross-genre braiding of Salverson and Van Wyck’s research into Canada’s role in the Manhattan Project – the American project that resulted in the nuclear

All Day & All Night with Lisa Robertson and Laura Broadbent

On Friday October 21st, Writers Read in collaboration with Off The Page presents a live performance of Lisa Robertson’s Debbie: An Epic (New Star 1997) in the afternoon before we gather for an evening with Lisa Robertson herself and Laura Broadbent. Debbie: A Live Reading, Performance, Marathon October 21st, 2pm,


Those who attended March 2016’s Off the Page panel “A Queer is a Queer is a Queer” were lucky enough to witness a dynamic discussion between some of the most interesting voices in literature today, among them former Concordia student Zoe Whittall, a novelist and poet now based in Toronto. Her

dream/arteries to be Taught in BC High Schools

“A hundred years ago…the Japanese steamship Komagata Maru set sail for Canada with 376 Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu migrants travelling from Punjab, India. They were refused entry at Vancouver, even though all passengers were British subjects. The Komagata Maru sat moored in Vancouver’s harbour for two months while courts decided the

Tonight: Phinder Dulai Reads

Phinder Dulai, Tuesday October 11, 7pm, LB 6.646, 1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. “Combined rhythmic discipline and a wide descriptive palette, wielded by a talented composer of word images; this would be the definition of anyone’s preferred reading. These essential elements are richly present in dream / arteries … While a

From the Archive: Julian Barnes

Writers Read looks back at hosting Julian Barnes in 2005. Those who were wise enough to find an early seat crowded themselves into the Samuel Bronfman Building to listen as Julian Barnes read excerpts of his then-newly released novel, Arthur & George. Barnes spoke of Spanish-speaking, Bible-narrating parrots, Sir Arthur Conan

Angular & Crabwise: a Reading with McKay and Dodds

Join Writers Read on Friday October 7th at 2pm (MB 2.130, 1450 Rue Guy) for our first event of the season, as we host Don McKay and Jeramy Dodds, two equally original poets, for a reading and discussion about writing poetry, winning poetry prizes, and speaking in the voices of

Don McKay’s “Fridge Nocturne”

In “Fridge Noc­turne”, a short poem near the begin­ning of Don McKay’s selected poems, the sleep­less poet lies lis­ten­ing to the sound of his fridge, ‘the old/armless weep­ing wil­low of the kitchen’. The fridge’s “Hum­ble mur­mur” brings to his mind sev­eral dis­tant rivers–“the Saugeen, the Goulais/the Raisin”. The per­me­abil­ity of

Jeramy Dodds

MOORHEN The tubas are full of fog and fallen thoroughbreds. There are no dogs near the dentist’s office due to the pitch of the drills. A poem is meant to replace what the olfactory erased. But it always comes out like a Gilbert-without- Sullivan song. In the birdbath my reflection

Don McKay

Hear McKay win from his Griffin Prize winning collection Strike Slip.  

Lunch with Jane Munro & Surprise Guest

Jane Munro, Sept. 23 NOON in LB649 Concordia University, English Department, A reading from Jane Munro’s award winning book Blue Sonoma From Judges’ Citation: Somewhere between the directness and clarity of haiku and Yeats’s ‘An aged man is but a paltry thing’ moves Jane Munro’s hauntingly candid explorations of the hard

Save The Date

The Writers Read 2016-17 season is almost underway and we’re hosting a series of exciting double-headers starting with Don McKay and Jeramy Dodds followed by Lisa Robertson and Concordia alumni Laura Broadbent.  Our literary festival moves from spring to a fall date this year. November 3-6  panels and readings will

Autumn 2016: Don Mckay & Jeramy Dodds

Don McKay & Jeramy Dodds, Friday October 7, 2pm, MB 2.130, 1450 Rue Guy. McKay’s collected poems, Angular Unconformity was published in 2014 and he has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry twice, for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (2000). Dodds’ most recent publication is a translation

Curating & Archiving the Literary Event

L-R: Casey Plett, Sadie Laett-Babcock, Tanis Franco, Zoe Whittal, Kai Cheng Thom. A Queer is a Queer is a Queer: Breaking Standard Narratives in Queer Poetics and Prose, a panel moderated by Eli Lynch on March 19, 2016. (Photo: Surah Field-Green) In March 2016, students at Concordia with Writers Read put

Photo Archive In Progress

March 19th, 2016 /// OFF THE PAGE Day 2     Photo Credit: Surah Field-Green

Kailey Havelock in Conversation with Editors Talking Editing

In anticipation of the Off the Page literary festival, SA Editor-in-Chief Kailey Havelock discusses the future of publishing and editing in an increasingly digital world with discussion panelists from the upcoming Editors Talking Editing event.

Line up for this Line-up: Off The Page Full Schedule


Dionne Brand / Friday / 7pm

On Friday March 4th, Writers Read is pleased to host an evening with the renowned poet, novelist, and essayist, Dionne Brand. For Montreal, this is a once in a decade or perhaps even a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in the room with Brand, listening to her read

Off The Page 2016 Update Reminder

OFF THE PAGE March 17-20, 2016 Confirmed Readers & Call for Participants In March 2016, Writers Read & Concordia University are hosting the Off The Page literary festival. In cooperation with the Université de Montreal and Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, we are hosting Ben Lerner, Anne Boyer, Jordan Abel, Sonnet

And a Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day To Us All! (Sound Archive)

In early October 2015, Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli joined Writers Read to share their new work Rom Com out from Talon Books now. Here are a couple of excerpts to keep you warm on this cold ❤ day. Daneil Zomparelli reading “I am So Lonely, Iam So Fucking Lonely, lol,

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