Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dionne Brand and Rita Wong Read January 21

Step out of the cold and into the warmth of the the Coach House at Green College for a reading by two of Canada’s most provocative writers. The Play Chthonics Reading Series and the greater UBC community welcome award-winning writers Dionne Brand and Rita Wong to read their work and discuss their poetics.

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Reading starts at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Coach House at Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Cost: Free

Rita Wong is the author of monkeypuzzle (Press Gang, 1998) and forage (Nightwood, 2007). She received the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop Emerging Writer Award in 1997, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for forage in 2008. She teaches Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver and is also a visiting instructor at the University of Miami.

Dionne Brand
won the Governor General’s Award for Land to Light On (McClelland & Stewart, 1997). No Language Is Neutral (M&S, 1998) and Inventory (M&S, 2006) were also nominated for the G.G. Award. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for poetry, and her volume thirsty (M&S, 2002) was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2003. She is the author of three acclaimed novels: In Another Place, Not Here (Vintage, 1997), At the Full and Change of the Moon (Vintage, 2000), and What We All Long For (Vintage, 2005). She lives in Toronto and holds a Research Chair at the University of Guelph.

The Play Chthonics reading series showcases innovative poetry, narrative, and cross-genre writing. We encourage creative, interdisciplinary conversations among writers, students, faculty, theorists, and community members in Vancouver. The series is sponsored by UBC’s English Department, Green College, The International Canadian Studies Centre at UBC and The Canada Council.

Mark your calendar for our fundraiser on February 25, with special guest Taien Ng-Chan.

The last reading of the season will feature Ray Hsu and Karen Solie on March 18.

Watch this site for details.

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