2016 – 2017 Season

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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 of the Poetic Edda (Coach House Books, 2014) from Old Icelandic into English. He is a poetry editor at Coach House Books.

Phinder Dulai, Tuesday October 11, 7pm, LB 6.646, 1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W

Phinder Dulai‘s latest collection of poetry dream/arteries was published by Talonbooks in October 2014. Recently Dulai took part in the In(ter)ventions Literary Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he worked on the Komagata Maru poems and continued to further refine the MS.

Lisa Robertson & Laura Broadbent, October 21st, 7pm, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Robertson is launching her new book 3 Summers (Coach House 2016). She is known for book-length projects with political themes, such as gender and nation, as well as the problems of form and genre. Her books of poetry include XEclogue (1993), The Weather (2001) and more. Broadbent is also launching a new book from Coach House, In On the Great Joke. Her previous book Oh There You Are I Can’t See You Is It Raining? (2012) won the 2012 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.



Evie Shockley & Trish Salah, November 4th, 7pm, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine

Evie Shockley is the author of several collections of poetry, including a half-red sea (2006) and the new black (2011), and she is the headline event for Off The Page. Shockley is also the author of the critical volume Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011).

Trish Salah works in the area of transnational studies in gender, sexuality, race and minority cultural production. Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, , investigates the inscription of diasporic trans and queer subjectivities and the social, rhetorical and desiring labour of minority community formation. Her second book, Lyric Sexology Vol. 1, employs the lyric as a lens to read transgender fantasies encoded in feminist, autobiographical, anthropological, sexological and psychoanalytic archives.

SAVE THE DATE: Off The Page (November 3rd – 6th, 2016)

Off The Page is a literary festival run by undergraduate and graduate students from several departments. This November, the festival will focus on innovative women’s writing, art, and collaboration. There will be readings by Suzanne Buffam, Damian Rogers, Evie Shockley, Trish Salah, Sarah Burgoyne and more. Panels will be announced in late September.


Claudia Rankine will join us for a reading and discussion in March 2017. She has published several collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the PEN Center USA Poetry Award, and the Forward poetry prize; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004); and Nothing in Nature is Private (1994), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. Rankine has been awarded fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation.


Dates are subject to change. For updates and details find us online.



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Writers Read is one of a long tradition of diverse literary reading series at Concordia University and has recently hosted such authors as Mary Ruefle, Ben Lerner, Dionne Brand, and Roxane Gay. In previous years readings and masterclasses included Lynn Coady, Jonathan Goldstein, Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman, Lydia Davis, Roddy Doyle, Mary Gaitskill, Tanya Tagaq, Christian Bök, Rae Armantrout, Emma Donoghue, Charles Bernstein, Gail Scott, and George Elliott Clarke. Writers read is supported by the Faculty of Arts & Science at Concordia University and the English Department.



Contact: Tess Liem

Email: writersreadconcordia[at]gmail[dot]com

Interested attendees can find more information, archival footage from previous readings, and updates on upcoming events at our website, writersreadconcordia.ca, and follow Writers Read on Twitter (@CUWritersRead) and Facebook (writersreadconcordia).

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