Thursday, September 06, 2007

INFLUENCY 3: A TORONTO POETRY SALON

This is a great idea! (And for those of you entrenched in your idea of what poetry is notice the wide range of poets who are involved in this.) For those of you in Toronto, pass it on. For those of you elsewhere, thank Christakos, take it and run.

Register NOW for:
INFLUENCY 3: A TORONTO POETRY SALON
SCS 1777 - 003 Fall 2007
September 26 to November 28, 2007
Wednesday Evenings, 7 pm – 9:30 pm.

ANTONIO D'ALFONSO
TRINY FINLAY
MAGGIE HELWIG
ROBERT PRIEST
STUART ROSS
KAREN SOLIE
SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA
facilitated by
Margaret Christakos

Join other poetry afficionados for this flow-chart series of prepared talks by Toronto poets becoming fluent in the work of some of our contemporaries, combined with dynamic poetry readings and discussion. Seven accomplished Toronto-based poets working in distinctive contemporary styles will appear as guest critics in this unique lecture-reading salon series, to be followed by a half-hour live poetry reading by the poet under discussion. This course will introduce a range of themes and styles in contemporary Canadian poetry and offer live in-class presentations by Toronto poets. Discussion among the critic, poet and course registrants will then be facilitated by Christakos.

This session the class will be held in the U of T Pharmacy Building at the northwest corner of College & University, in “The Pod,” directly accessible to streetcar and subway.

By including poets from many of the micro-communities in the city's literary scene, we create the opportunity for social and critical interaction among them, and build an informed audience for contemporary poetry in general.

Over the nine-week course, registrants will accumulate critical vocabulary for discussing contemporary poetry alongside an enhanced range of sensibility and ability to fluently discuss the nuanced divergences of approach, motive, process and literary product typical of Toronto's multitraditional literary culture.

This salon course is offered at an accessible price of $199. Course materials (7 books, one by each participating poet) will be available in class, for $100.

For Listings:
Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon

What: A unique Poetry lecture/reading Salon Series, offered as a 9-week course by The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, for readers and writers alike.

When: September 26 to November 28, 2007, Wednesday Evenings, 7 pm – 9:30 pm.
(No class October 31.)

Who: Seven accomplished Toronto-based poets working in distinctive contemporary styles —Antonio D’Alfonso, Triny Finlay, Maggie Helwig, Robert Priest , Stuart Ross, Karen Solie, and Souvankham Thammavongsa— will appear as guest critics in this unique lecture-reading salon series, to be followed
by a half-hour live poetry reading by the poet under discussion and a facilitated Q & A.

Where: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, at the University of Toronto St. George Campus. This session the class will be held in the U of T Pharmacy Building at the northwest corner of College & University, in “The Pod.”

Why: To celebrate and explore Toronto’s diverse poetry scene. To build appreciation and understanding for contemporary poetry.

How Much: $199 plus $100 course materials (7 books) for 9 -week course.

Register online for SCS 1777 – 003 by going to http://learn.utoronto.ca.

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