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Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian and NourbeSe Philip Perform

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On March 10, 2011, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian and M. NourbeSe Philip performed at the Arrata Opera House in Calgary in an event organized by Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Writer-in-residence Oana Avasilichioaei and Dandelion literary magazine under the direction of Editor-in-chief Kathleen Brown, with the support of the Creative Writing Research Group and the English Department of the University of Calgary.

Carla Harryman is author and contributor to many genre-bending works of poetry (Baby), prose, drama (Memory Play), essays (Adorno’s Noise), and inter-disciplinary performance. Recent performance works have emphasized polyvocal text, bilingualism, choral speaking voices, and music improvisation. She is a frequent collaborator (The Wide Road with Lyn Hejinian) and is a participant in The Grand Piano, a multi-authored experiment in autobiography focusing on the emergence of Language Writing, art, politics, and culture of the San Francisco Bay area between 1975-1980. She has also published articles on innovative women’s writing and experimental language-centered performance. She lives in the Detroit area and teaches at Eastern Michigan University.

Lyn Hejinian has published numerous collections of poetic genre-crossing work (Saga/Circus, My Life), essays (The Language of Inquiry), work in translation (Xenia by Russian poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko) and collaborative work (Sight with Leslie Scalapino, The Wide Road with Carla Harryman, The Grand Piano). Other collaborative projects include a composition entitled Qúê Trân with music by John Zorn and text by Hejinian, a mixed media book entitled The Traveler and the Hill and the Hill created with the painter Emilie Clark, and the award-winning experimental documentary film Letters Not About Love, directed by Jacki Ochs. She is the co-director of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets, and teaches at the University of California in Berkeley.

M. NourbeSe Philip is one of Canada’s most distinguished and revolutionary writers. Born in Tobago, now living in Toronto, she is the author of several collections of essays, prose, drama and poetry including She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks, Harriet’s Daughter and Zong!, a work where memory, history, and law collide and metamorphose into the poetics of the fragment. Her work explores the experiences of black women and issues of belonging, language and place. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Casa de las Americas Prize, the Tradewinds Collective Prize and was made a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry (USA, 1990).

Oana Avasilichioaei introduces Carla Harryman

Carla Harryman performs a live/film narration in a collaboration with filmmaker Konrad Steiner using Antonioni's 1961 movie La Notte starring Jeanne Moreau

Carla Harryman reads from her essay, "Regard for the Object rather than Communication is Suspect" in Adorno's Noise

Lyn Hejinian reads from The Book of A Thousand Eyes

NourbeSe Philip reads from Zong!

Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian read from The Wide Road


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