Jenny Sampirisi is the managing editor of BookThug, the co-director of
the Toronto New School of Writing and associate director of the Scream
Literary Festival. She is a poet and a fiction writer. Her first book
is/was was published in 2008. She's currently at work on "Croak," a
collection of poems featuring deformed frogs and girls. She teaches
contemporary literature at Ryerson University.
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Robin Richardson is a writer and illustrator. Her work has appeared in
The Toronto Quarterly, Contemporary Verse 2, The Puritan,
Misunderstandings Magazine, Filling Station, The Pilot Project, and is
forthcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review. Though she currently lives in
Toronto, she will be moving to New York in the Fall to pursue an MFA
in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.
AvantGarden is a new Toronto-based performance series that seeks to
provide a space for innovative, edgy, experimental, text and sound
based work that explores language as a problematic rather than a mere
vehicle for representation. We hope that this will be an inclusive
atmosphere for community-building, to expose new writing to a larger
audience, provide a forum for new voices as well as more senior
artists. We are excited to foreground work by women while maintaining
an atmosphere that strives for multiplicity, polyvocality and rhizomal
growth. Welcome to the garden!
"Dreams" was made in collaboration with Barry Bermange (who originally recorded the narrations). ermange put together The Dreams (1964), a collage of people describing their dreams, set to a background of electronic sound. Dreams is a collection of spliced/reassembled interviews with people describing their dreams, particularly recurring elements. The program of sounds and voices attempts to represent, in five movements, some sensations of dreaming: running away, falling, landscape, underwater, and colour.