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Artist Talks - Canisia Lubrin

Monday, June 7, 2021 from 10 – 11 am


The Departments of English and Gender Studies Present: Artist Talks - Canisia Lubrin

The Grounds of Poetic Knowledge

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Abstract: Every writer brings their own mode(s) of experimentation, scrutiny and reflection to the act of writing. Prevailing systems of standardization can often eclipse the nuances of a writer's encounter with their subjects and the forms of knowledge(s) that result in the much-storied matrix of form, content and creative process. This hybrid talk will offer a reading and an examination of the concerns at the center of all of my work: a commitment to furthering the field of creative writing through experimentations in genre, form, aesthetics, and style that focus on the histories and life of Black art, thought and life, and its anticolonial possibilities in the present. How does the poet approach the poem? What sensibilities, experiences and possibilities preside over the poem in its making and in its contact with the world? How does the poem mobilize the communicable and incommunicable in service of the imagination? How does the poet (though, any writer) navigate the antinomy of self and world that is shored up in the work of language?

About the Artist: Canisia Lubin, 2021 Windham-Campbell laureate, , is a writer, editor and teacher. Her books include the awards-nominated poetry debut Voodoo Hypothesis (W&W, ‘17), Code Noir (Knopf, ’23), and The Dyzgraphxst (M&S, ‘20), listed for nine book prizes, including winner of the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, Derek Walcott Prize, Governor General’s Award, and Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She is poetry editor at McClelland & Stewart. Lubrin completed her MFA at University of Guelph.

Stay tuned for invites to two additional upcoming talks on Monday June 21 and Tuesday June 22!

This presentation is part of hiring for the Black Studies Program at Queen's University. 

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