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Winter 2008 / 3.4


Everybody on the Sidewalk: A Conversation with Tom Cone
from song room
(The Rest is Missing)
from Sybil Unrest
from Duets
metric, a collaboration
from If She Draws a Door (about the size and shape of a sparrow) Only She Can Pass Through It
COVER: Cover stills from (The Rest is Missing)


Oana Avasilichioaei & Erín Moure:
Oana Avasilichioaei is a Montreal poet and translator. She coordinates the Atwater Poetry Project reading series and teaches creative writing at Dawson College. Her collection of poems Abandon (Wolsak & Wynn, 2005) was translated into Spanish and will be published as Abandono by Tinta Nueva (Mexico City) in 2008. She has also published a translation of Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu, Occupational Sickness (BuschekBooks, 2006), and her new book, feria: a poempark, will appear in 2009 from Wolsak & Wynn. Recent projects include writing poetry that engages the language of fairytales and inventing translations from work by Paul Celan.

Erín Moure’s most recent book is O Cadoiro (2007). Her earlier Little Theatres was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize, Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the GGs, won the AJM Klein Prize, made the Globe 100 for 2005, and was translated into Galician as Teatriños (Galaxia, 2007). As well: O Cidadán (2002), and Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person (2001), a translation from the Portuguese of Alberto Caeiro/Fernando Pessoa. With Robert Majzels, Moure has also translated Nicole Brossard, most recently Notebook of Roses and Civilization (2007), finalist for a GG in Translation. Her translation of Galician poet Chus Pato’s Charenton came out in 2007 from Shearsman (UK) and BuschekBooks (Ottawa). Moure is now translating Pato’s Hordas de Escritura and working on a new book of poetry, O Resplandor. Avasilichioaei and Moure have been collaborating since 2006. With Elisa Sampedrín, they are currently at work on a dialogic work involving translational and authorial impossibilities.

Robin Blaser, David MacIntyre, Siri Olesen, Melanie Adams, & Troy Topnik:
Robin Blaser’s poem “all the lovers” appears untitled with a first line of “what would you do?” in The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser (University of California Press, 2007). The poem is published here with permission from the Regents of UC Press. Blaser wrote the libretto for the Harrison Birtwistle opera The Last Supper that premiered in Berlin in 2001.
Vancouver composer David MacIntyre writes opera, orchestral, chamber, and choral music and teaches courses on Collaboration in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Siri Olesen is a vocalist, pianist, and organist. She teaches piano through the Capilano College Community Music School.
Melanie Adams lives in New Westminster, BC, performs with the vocal ensemble musica intima, and is on faculty in the Musical Theatre Department at Capilano College.

Troy Topnik is a Tenor who has performed and recorded with various ensembles in London and Paris. Since returning to Vancouver he has sung with the Vancouver Opera Chorus, Vancouver Chamber Choir, musica intima, and in a variety of recitals and chamber music concerts.

Robert Bolton, Zachary Gray, & Tom Dobrzanski:
Robert Bolton (aka Arowbe) is an award-winning poet and recording artist. He has performed across Canada, Japan, and Cuba. He currently works and lives in Toronto.

Zachary Gray and Tom Dobrzanski are founding members of the art-rock group Lotus Child. They live in Vancouver and perform widely. Their latest record is Gossip Diet. Bolton, Gray, and Dobrzanski have been occasional collaborators since 2004.

Ted Byrne and Louise Labé’s collaboration “was inevitable from our first encounter in the McMaster University library. It is said that Calvin called her a strumpet. I found her immodest, to be sure, but always decorous. She was bourgeois before it was respectable. Guillaume Paradin, a Catholic deacon, thought her ‘virtuous, angelic of face, and with an understanding superior to her sex.’ I loved the use she made of Ovid, Erasmus and Tibullus. In the short space of twenty-four sonnets, she turned Petrarch on his head and gave him a much anticipated spanking. I know it will be said that this is a work of paranoia and not of translation. I agree. There’s a point at which one has to cross that line simply in order to reassure oneself of one’s existence. And yet, from the bottom of my heart, I believe, because we worked so closely together, that these are faithful translations. I defy you to show us one error. Some of our collaborations have been published in West Coast Line, W and The Gig. I am just beginning to work with Guido Cavalcanti, trying to get back in touch with my masculine side. The less said about that the better.”

Emily Carr is a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary studying contemporary poetics and performance studies. These poems are from her most recent manuscript If She Draws a Door (about the size and shape of a sparrow) Only She Can Pass Through It. Each poem is a collaboration with a variety of contemporary Canadian and American poets’ voices, grammars, forms. “The only constraint was allowing single words and slices of language to drift into and re-shape my writing. The dictionary form thus becomes a performance of self expression through the shared experience of language.”

Nicola Cavendish, Marguerite Witvoet, Lisa Waines, Joanna Chapman-Smith, & Peggy Lee:
Nicola Cavendish is one of Vancouver’s most celebrated actors.
Marguerite Witvoet is a pianist, vocalist, composer, sound designer, music director, and vocal coach— one of Vancouver’s most creative and versatile musicians.
Lisa Waines is a Vancouver-based performer who has worked extensively with Marguerite Witvoet and is currently artist-in-residence at Vancouver New Stage.
Joanna Chapman-Smith is a Vancouver based singer/multi-instrumentalist (specializing in guitar, piano, clarinet, percussion) who writes and performs widely in contemporary, interdisciplinary, and popular forms. <www.joannacs.com>
Peggy Lee, cellist, is a frequent performer in Vancouver and abroad as a soloist and with ensembles such as Turning Point, Talking Pictures, the Tony Wilson Sextet, the New Orchestra Workshop, and others.

Tom Cone, Jocelyn Morlock, & Karin Konoval:
Tom Cone’s plays include Herringbone, Stargazing, Love at Last Sight, and True Mummy; his adaptations of classic plays include Molière’s The Miser and Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters that premiered at the Stratford Festival where he was a writer-in-residence; his librettos include The Architect composed by David MacIntyre for Vancouver Opera, The Gang composed by Peter Hannan for Vancouver New Music, and Game Misconduct composed by Leslie Uyeda for Festival Vancouver.

Jocelyn Morlock’s compositions explore unusual timbres made possible by extended playing techniques, at times in combination with relatively tonal or modal idioms. She enjoys experimenting with music of many styles and eras.

Karin Konoval is a professional actor and singer who lives in Vancouver.

Lea Graham & rob mclennan:
Lea Graham’s poems, translations, reviews, and articles have been published in or are forthcoming in journals such as Notre Dame Review, American Letters & Commentary, Mudlark, Shadow Train, and The Worcester Review. Her work is in the recent anthology The City Visible: Chicago Poetry in the 21st Century. Her chapbook, Calendar Girls, was published in spring 2006 by above/ground Press in Ottawa. She is Assistant Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she, otherwise, passes her time playing gin rummy, working on her triceps, and planning her next trip (the Galapagos!).
rob mclennan is the author of fourteen poetry collections in three countries, the novel white, and two books of non-fiction, subverting the lyric: essays and Ottawa: The Unknown City. He is the editor of an upcoming issue of Open Letter and he both edits and publishes above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, the online critical journal Poetics.ca (www.poetics.ca, with Stephen Brockwell), and the poetry annual ottawater (www.ottawater.com). He posts reviews, essays, and other notices regularly at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com, and is currently spending the winter in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta. The collaborations between Graham and mclennan were originally composed at Pubwells Restaurant on Preston Street in Ottawa on Friday, March 24, 2006.

Hadley + Maxwell have been working together since they started dating in 1997. They graduated from Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver the following year, and co-wrote a thesis on collaboration to receive their Masters in Communications from the European Graduate School, Switzerland, in 2004. Recent exhibitions involving music, video, and installation include Deleted Scenes at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, “I want to show you somewhere” with Lucien Samaha at the Cooley Gallery, Portland, and 1+1-1 at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. They have worked with dance, music, and opera productions, and exhibited and published work internationally, with upcoming projects in Canada, the United States, Germany and Taiwan. They are currently based in Berlin.

Leslie Hall Pinder, Marci Rabe, & Jennifer Butler:
Leslie Hall Pinder is a novelist, sometimes librettist, former lawyer. She has published two novels, Under the House (Talonbooks 1986) and On Double Tracks (Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1990), the latter of which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award.
Marci Rabe is a composer and singer whose work has been commissioned and presented by Vancouver New Music, Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal Music, Continuum Contemporary Music, and many others.
Jennifer Butler is a Vancouver based composer and performer. She is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition at UBC. <www.jenniferbutler.ca>

Andreas Kahre, my name is scot, & Carol Sawyer:
Andreas Kahre, editor/curator of FRONT Magazine in Vancouver, is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, writer, and musician who has been involved in creating more than a hundred projects with theatre, dance, and music ensembles across Canada.
my name is scot is a Vancouver based artist who works with text, video, performance, and installation to explore issues of class, kindness, identity, and agency.
Carol Sawyer is a singer and visual artist living in Vancouver who makes improvised music, photographs, videos, and installations.

Andrew Klobucar, Viviane Houle, & Stefan Smulovitz:
Andrew Klobucar is a writer and lecturer in the English Department at Capilano College, North Vancouver.
Viviane Houle is a vocalist, improviser, and songwriter based out of Roberts Creek and Vancouver, BC. <www.vivianehoule.ca>
Stefan Smulovitz lives in the trees dreaming about music, code, and other fanciful things.

Larissa Lai & Rita Wong:
Larissa Lai was born in La Jolla, California, grew up in Newfoundland, and lives and works in Vancouver. She is the author of two novels: When Fox Is a Thousand (Press Gang, 1995, Arsenal Pulp, 2004) and Salt Fish Girl (Thomas Allen, 2002). She was writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in 2006 and is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of British Columbia.
Rita Wong’s book of poems, Forage, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2007. Her first book, monkeypuzzle (Press Gang, 1998), received the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Emerging Writer Award. Currently she is Assistant Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. Lai and Wong began Sybil Unrest in a renga spirit in Hong Kong, spring 2003. The long poem was further catalysed by David Fujino and Aaron Vidaver’s reading at the Kootenay School of Writing in July 2003, and continued over email for years.

John Lent, Stephen Bagnell, Clyde Reed, & Carol Sawyer:
John Lent lives and writes in Vernon. He is a jazz singer in The Lent Fraser Wall Trio. His last two books were So It Won’t Go Away and Abundance (with Robert Kroetsch).
Ion Zoo is one of Vancouver’s premier improvising ensembles, featuring Carol Sawyer (voice), Clyde Reed (bass), Steve Bagnell (saxphone) and Lisa Miller (piano). They have just released their debut CD Set Free at The Cellar on the NOW Orchestra Records/Cellar Live label.

Karen Matthews is a costume designer for film, television, and stage.
David Pay is Artistic Director of Music on Main, a contemporary and classical music series in Vancouver.

Meredith Quartermain, Owen Underhill, Siri Olesen, & AK Coope:
Meredith Quartermain is a Vancouver poet and publisher of Nomados Books.
Owen Underhill is a composer, conductor, and professor of composition at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. He is an active presence in local and international new music.
Siri Olesen is a vocalist, pianist, and organist. She teaches piano through the Capilano College Community Music School.
AK Coope plays clarinet and bass clarinet with ensembles across the Lower Mainland, from the VSO to indie rock artists, and also tours nationally and internationally.

Nancy Shaw & Catriona Strang:
The late Nancy Shaw is the author of Scoptocratic (ECW Press) and, with Catriona Strang, the coauthor of Busted (Coach House Press), Cold Trip (Nomados Press), and Light Sweet Crude (Line Books). She was an energetic curator, cultural critic, teacher, founding member of The Institute for Domestic Research, and devotee of the fiber arts. She is deeply missed.
Products of Catriona Strang’s decade-long collaboration with Nancy Shaw include Light Sweet Crude (Line Books, 2008), Cold Trip (Nomados, 2006), and Busted (Coach House, 2001). Catriona co-founded The Institute for Domestic Research with Nancy Shaw and composer Jaqueline Leggatt. Catriona and her two children are active in the Vancouver home-learning community. “Lamenterama” is a section from Nancy Shaw and Catriona Strang’s book Light Sweet Crude (just published by Line Books).

Michael Turner & Andrea Young:
Michael Turner is a Vancouver based writer of fiction and art criticism.
Andrea Young is a composer/singer who recently completed a Masters degree at The Institute for Sonology at The Hague, Netherlands.

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