Belladonna Welcomes Nathalie Stephens & Rachel Zolf
Tuesday, November 8, 7PM @ Dixon Place
(258 Bowery, 2nd Floor—Between Houston & Prince)
Admission is $5 at the Door.
Nathalie Stephens writes in English and French, and sometimes neither. Writing l'entre-genre, she is the author of several published works, most recently L'Injure (l'Hexagone, 2004), Paper City (Coach House, 2003), and Je Nathanaël (l'Hexagone, 2003). L'Injure was a finalist for the 2005 Prix Trillium; Underground (TROIS, 1999) was short listed in 2000 for the Grand Prix du Salon du livre de Toronto. Stephens's writing appears in various anthologies, including Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (2005), Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House, 2004), Breathing Fire II (Nightwood, 2004), Portfolio Milieu (Milieu Press, 2004), The Common Sky : Canadian Writers Against the War (Three Squares, 2003), La Cendre des mots (l'Harmattan, 2002), side/lines: A New Canadian Poetics (Insomniac Press, 2002), Mondialisation et Identité (GREF, 2001) and Carnal Nation : Brave New Sex Fictions (Arsenal Pulp, 2000). Stephens has presented her work internationally, notably in Barcelona, Chicago, Norwich, Ljubljana and New York. She is the recipient of a 2002 Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a 2003 British Centre for Literary Translation Residential Bursary. Some of Stephens's work has been translated into Basque, Bulgarian, Slovene and Spanish. She has translated Catherine Mavrikakis and Fran çois Turcot into English and R. M. Vaughan into French. On occasion, she translates herself. She lives between.
Toronto poet Rachel Zolf's practice is situated near the limits of language and the page. She creates polyvocal assemblages from found fragments, long poems that work by accretion with montage shock effects. Themes that include subjectivity, cultural identity, sexuality and trauma stew in wry anti-aesthetic language/lyric explorations of the modern familiar. Her second book, Masque (The Mercury Press, 2004), was nominated for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the title long poem from her first book, Her absence, this wanderer (BuschekBooks, 1999), was a finalist in the CBC Literary Competition. She serves as poetry editor for The Walrus magazine.