International Writers Festival, April 11–12, 2014
Taylor Science Center
Friday’s Events in Atrium
5 p.m. Opening reception and book signing.
5:30 p.m. Keynote Reading and book signing by Christian Bök. Q&A
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Individual Workshops and lunch with each of the three visiting writers
Christian Bök, SCCT 2015; Cecilia Vicuña, SCCT 2048; Larissa Lai, SCCT 1004
1 p.m. Panel Discussion with English faculty and international writers, SCCT 3024
3 p.m. Readings by Cecilia Vicuña and Larissa Lai. Q&A and book signing, Taylor Science Center Atrium
Visiting International Writers
Christian Bök was born in Toronto and is a Professor of English at the University of Calgary. Bök's work includes two collections of poetry: Crystallography and Eunoia. His volume Crystallography won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and Eunoia received the Griffin Prize for Poetry, and his spoken performances at venues and universities across the country have earned overwhelming praise. He is currently at work on The Xenotext Experiment, which attempts to understand and produce poetry in terms of biotechnology. In an interview with York University, Bök noted: “The future of poetry may no longer reside in the standard lyricism of emotional anecdotes, but in other exploratory procedures, some of which may seem entirely unpoetic.”
Cecilia Vicuña was born in Santiago, Chile and lives in New York and Chile. She is a poet, visual artist, and political activist. The author of twenty two books including The Precarious / QUIPOem: The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuña (Wesleyan Poetry Series), The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry and SABORAMI. Her Spit Temple, Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña, was runner-up to the 2013 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She is the founder of Artists for Democracy, a group organized in 1974 to work against dictatorships in developing nations.
Larissa Lai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English 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. Lai’s first solo full-length poetry book, Automaton Biographies (Arsenal Pulp 2010), was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.