Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tightrope Books: Tightrope Books is seeking two interns

Tightrope Books: Tightrope Books is seeking two interns: "Tightrope Books is seeking two interns (marketing & editorial/admin) to begin January 31, 2011. Interns are required to bring their own ..."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise (1980)

Sun Ra (1914-1993)

Title: Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Country: USA

60-minute portrait of visionary artist Sun Ra and his avant-garde jazz Arkestra filmed in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in 1978 and 1980.

One of jazz music's most entertaining and eccentric figures is profiled in Robert Mugge's hourlong, 1980 profile of the late bandleader-keyboardist-composer Sun Ra. "I don't consider myself one of the humans," he once said. "I'm a spiritual being," who was reputed to eschew the usual jazzman's indulgences of drugs and sex and who, despite the weird trappings (he and his big band, the Intergalactic Omniverse Arkestra, usually performed in glittery costumes that combined African, alien, and thrift-shop styles), infused his music with a strong sense of discipline and precision. Here we see Ra and the band rehearsing and performing; their "joyful noise" is free, sometimes chaotic, but also clearly blues-based, somewhat reminiscent of Monk or Mingus (there's even a rendition of "'Round Midnight"). Ra is also interviewed surrounded by the Egyptian artifacts and antiquities that were an important element of his "mythocracy." He clearly loves having an audience-and how can you not enjoy listening to a guy who also chooses the White House as a backdrop for solemn pronouncements like "I'm not a part of history-I'm more a part of mystery, which is my story"? -- Sam Graham

Ubu Web: Sun Ra on WXPN, Christmas Day, 1976

Sun Ra reading his poetry to the accompaniment of the Arkestra.

On Christmas Day 1976, Sun Ra read a selection of his poems accompanied by music on the program "Blue Genesis" over the University of Pennsylvania's radio station WXPN. The choice of poems and their sequencing offers what Sun Ra thought was most important in his writing. Here are key words like "cosmos," "truth," "bad," "myth," and "the impossible,"; attemtion to phonetic equivalence; the universality of the music and its metaphysical status; allusions to black fraternal orders and secret socities; biblical passages and their interpretation; and even a few atuobiographical glmipses. The poems were read softly, with little expressions, the music punctuating the words, with the heavy echo and delay in the studio sometimes reducing the words to pure sound without meaning. -- from "Space is the Place: The Life and Times of Sun Ra" John Szwed.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Poetry London Reading - Wednesday January 26, 2011

Join us for the first Poetry London reading of 2011
on Wednesday January 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm
at the Landon Library in Wortley Village, London, Ontario.
Prior to the readings, Poetry London's Michelle Doege will be facilitating a writing workshop and discussion of poetry by the evening's featured poets and two workshop participants. Our readings and workshops are free and open to all members of the public, and offer encouragement to developing writers, as well as providing an opportunity for writers in the group to exchange work and discuss poems by that night’s visiting poets.
Those interested are encouraged to attend the workshop at 6:30 pm.
No registration required.
About the featured poets:
JEANETTE LYNES is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, The New Blue Distance (Wolsak and Wynn, 2009). Her earlier collection, Left Fields (Wolsak and Wynn, 2003), was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. She also received the Bliss Carman Poetry Prize in 2001. Her novel, The Factory Voice (Coteau Books, 2009), was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, made the “The Globe 100” list of most influential books, and will be podcast on CBC Radio in 2010.
SORAYA PEERBAYE's first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009), was short listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her work has also been published in Other Voices, Prairie Fire, and The New Quarterly, and anthologized in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets. Born in London, Soraya now lives in Toronto, where she works in cultural administration and is also a translator and editor.
Books will be available for sale following the reading.
All readings take place in the lower level of The Landon Library
167 Wortley Road
London Ontario
N6C 3P6

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The expurgated 'Huckleberry Finn'

Friday, January 7, 2011

Summer Literary Seminars

Join Summer Literary Seminars in Montreal, Lithuania, or Kenya next year in 2011 and work with some of the world's most dynamic writers as part of an intimate and unique cultural experience. We have two contests ongoing, an exciting Litvak Studies/Jewish Lithuania parallel program in Vilnius, an expanded Montreal program, and our registration in now open

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Art of Drowning by Diego Maclean

The Art of Drowning from Diego Maclean on Vimeo.

Sense of Place: Alistair Macleod and Nino Ricci Sunday, January 30th 2011 at 2:00 P.M. Conron Hall, University College

The McIntosh Gallery invites you to a reading by Alistair Macleod and Nino Ricci in memory of Dr. Suzanne Kaufmann. Canadian author Alistair MacLeod was the 2001 winner of the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel No Great Mischief (1999). He has also published The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976), As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (1986) and Island: The Collected Stories (2000). In 2008 he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Nino Ricci won the Governor General's Award for Fiction twice: in 1990 for Lives of the Saints (also a Books in Canada First Novel Award winner), and in 2008 for The Origin of Species, which also appeared on the long list for the Giller Prize. In 1997, Ricci's novel Where She Has Gone was short-listed for the Giller Prize.
MacLeod and Ricci were guest writers for the publication Sense of Place: A Cross-Border Print Exhibition, organized by Windsor Printmaker's Forum. The exhibition is on view at the McIntosh Gallery from January 6th to February 19th 2011.

A great friend of the McIntosh Gallery, Dr. Suzanne Kaufmann (1920-2010) graduated in medicine from the University of Cape Town, where she met and married Dr. John Kaufmann. They moved to Johannesburg in 1955 where she worked in health clinics in the black townships of Soweto and Alexandria. In 1972, the family moved to London, Ontario, where she completed a B.A. Honours degree in Visual Art and French at Western. This event is held of honour Suzanne Kaufmann, to celebrate her passion for the arts, and to acknowledge the tremendous contribution she and John have made to the McIntosh Gallery over the years.

McIntosh Members: Join us at the Gallery after the reading for a private reception to meet Alistair and Nino and to tour the Sense of Place exhibition with Patricia Coates, President of Windsor Printmaker's Forum. (Memberships will be available at the door)

For more information, contact James Patten (519) 661-2111 ext. 84602,

Margaret Atwood at Western - January 19th, 2011

Margaret Atwood will be speaking on January 19th, 2011 at 7 PM in Alumni Hall at The University of Western Ontario. oors will open at 6:15pm. This event is $15 including tax for UWO students, and $25 including tax for non-students.  For directions to UWO, location of Alumni Hall, and for parking locations, please visit

Tickets are available for purchase online at  Tickets can also be purchased through the InfoSource in the University Community Centre, UWO. 

Margaret Atwood is a giant of modern literature who has anticipated, explored, satirized and even changed the popular preoccupations of our time. The Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin, Atwood is the rare writer whose work is adored by the public, acclaimed by the critics, and studied on university campuses around the world. Though her subject matter varies, the precision crafting of her language gives her body of work a sensibility entirely its own.
Based out of Toronto, Atwood has written over forty classic books, which have been translated into over thirty languages. Her novels include Alias Grace, Life Before Man, Oryx and Crake and 2008's Moral Disorder. Her major awards include The Giller and The Governor General's Award (Canada); The Booker Prize (UK); The Dashiell Hammett Award (United States); and the Le Chevalier dans l'Ordre de Arts et Les Lettres (France).

Ms. Atwood’s visit to Western will not only be an unforgettable experience for Arts and Humanities students, but is sure to draw the attention of the entire student body, university faculty, staff, and the greater London community.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Call for Submissions: RATTLE #35 - Summer 2011 - Canadian Poets

Calls for Submissions

While we're always open to regular submissions of poetry, e-reviews, essays on writing, and artwork, each issue of RATTLE contains a special tribute section dedicated to some ethnic, vocational, or stylistic group. We're also looking for essays on specific subjects. Listed below are our upcoming calls for submissions, along with their deadlines. These calls are subject to change at any time, with the more distant issues less certain. If you have any questions, feel free to email Tim Green:

Poetry: The tribute section will feature poetry written by Canadians. The poems don't have to be about Canada -- we're interested in any subject or style poem, as long as you are or have been a Canadian citizen. To submit via email or hardcopy, follow the regular guidelines, but please note in the cover letter that you are submitting for the Canadian Poets tribute.
Essays: We'd like to publish either a series of short essays on different aspects of Canadian poetry, or a longer introduction to the history of poetry in Canada, or how contemporary Canadian poetry has developed. Please query with any questions. Essays can be any length.
Artwork: We still need cover and divider art for this issue. Photography, paintings, or collages relating to the theme will all be considered. Submissions are accepted as lo-res email attachments (jpegs prefered), or by mail on a CD. Production will require hi-res images (300dpi @ 9.25" x 6.125").
Reading Period Opens: August 1st, 2010 -- Deadline for submissions: February 1st, 2011

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