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Workshop: Poetry

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Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW

Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5

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According to Rob Fitterman and Vanessa Place, “conceptual writing is allegorical writing.” But what do they mean by that? What is it that conceptual writing addresses that, for whatever reason, “cannot be said directly"? 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel will help you discover what makes an interesting concept for a conceptual writing (or art) project, and share strategies for how to discuss your conceptual practice. Abel will be providing fun exercises and numerous examples, while defining key terminology that will get you thinking in conceptual directions!

Presented in partnership with the Calgary Foundation.

Jordan Abel

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer, an editor for Poetry Is Dead magazine and former editor for PRISM International and Geist. Abel’s first book, The Place of Scraps, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Un/inhabited, Abel’s second book, was co-published by Project Space Press and Talonbooks in 2015. He was awarded the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize for his third book of poetry, Injun. He is currently completing his PhD at Simon Fraser University, where his studies focus on digital humanities and indigenous poetics.

Injun

Abel’s third collection, Injun, is a long poem about racism and the representation of Indigenous peoples. Composed of text found in western genre novels published between 1840 and 1950 – the heyday of pulp publishing and a period of unfettered colonialism in North America – Injun uses erasure, pastiche and a focused poetics to create a visually striking response to the western genre.

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