Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Influency 6: Christakos is at it again!

INFLUENCY 6: A TORONTO POETRY SALON

LARSON • QUEYRAS • PHILIP • DOWNIE •

SOL • NICKERSON • SINCLAIR • HALL

APRIL 1 to June 10, 2009

Wednesday evenings, 7 to 9:30 pm

April 1: Introductory Talk by Margaret Christakos

April 8: Billeh NICKERSON on Jacqueline LARSON’s Salt Physic (Pedlar)

April 15: Jacqueline LARSON on Sina QUEYRAS’s Expressway (Coach House)

April 22: Sina QUEYRAS on M. NourbeSe PHILIP’s Zong! (Mercury/ W.W. Norton)

April 29: M. NourbeSe PHILIP on Glen DOWNIE’s Loyalty Management (Wolsak & Wynn)

May 6: Glen DOWNIE on Adam SOL’s Jeremiah, Ohio (Anansi)

May 13: Phil HALL on Billeh NICKERSON’s The Asthmatic Glassblower (Arsenal Pulp)

May 20: Adam SOL on Sue SINCLAIR’s Breaker (Brick)

May 27: Sue SINCLAIR on Phil HALL’s White Porcupine (BookThug)

(no class June 3)

June 10: Registrants’ Intertexts and Salon Closing Party

Influency is an innovative 10-week lecture-reading course featuring eight contemporary guest poets in person. This Spring 2009, a remarkable group of poets—Glen Downie, Phil Hall, Jacqueline Larson, Billeh Nickerson, M. NourbeSe Philip, Sina Queyras, Sue Sinclair and Adam Sol—will take part, facilitated by Margaret Christakos. Offered through the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing program, this is the sixth session since “Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon” began in Fall 2006.

Please join us for this flow-chart series of generously prepared talks by Toronto poets becoming fluent in the work of some of our contemporaries, combined with dynamic half-hour poetry readings and engaging, pleasurable hour-long discussions. Registrants compose written responses to all the poetries encountered.

By presenting poets from many of the micro-communities in the city's literary scene, “Influency” creates the opportunity for social and intellectual interaction, and builds a passionate audience for contemporary poetry in general. Over the ten-week course, registrants gather 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 influence typical of Toronto's multitraditional literary culture.

“Influency” is FOR READERS and WRITERS ALIKE. FOR BEGINNERS and EXPERTS, in the SAME ROOM. FOR the LOVE and RECEPTION of NEW POETRY.

This salon course is offered at an accessible price of $225. Course materials (8 books, one by each participating poet) will be available at the first class, for $100.

Register NOW! SCS 1777 – 006 Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon

www.learn.utoronto.ca 416-978-2400

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