Join us this on Thursday, November 28, 2013 as livewords hosts a celebration of work by the bpNichol Lane Writers Group as selected in BafterC (BookThug); Rampike 22-2; and Cough 3.
We’ll celebrate these three salient interventions with this set of sly, stylin’ and swell readers:
Featuring Michael Boughn, Victor Coleman with Robert Anderson, Laine Bourassa, Zach Buck, Day Vidpeat Urclark, Tyler Crick, Oliver Cusimano, Mat Laporte, Rebecca Melnyk, Jonathan Pappo, Erik Rapson, Dominique Russell, Kelly Semkiw, Brad Shubat and Kathryn Van Dusen.
@ The Black Swan, 154 Danforth – 2nd floor – [map] – RSVP on Facebook
Doors at 7:30 PM – Readings from 8:00 PM
Hosted by Hosted by Stephen Humphrey & John Nyman in collaboration with Michael Boughn and Victor Coleman.
Come out and fabulate with us on 28th of November on the 2nd floor of the Black Swan! We’ll have some free snacks and the Swan’s well-priced beer and liquor.
Michael Boughn has been variously described by critics as “overlooked” and “under the radar.” His 7th book of poetry, Cosmographia — a post-Lucretian faix micro-epic, was a GG Loser in 2011. He is currently at work on a book length poem in three parts called City. He can be found hanging out in hockey arenas in obscure corners of the GTA
Victor Coleman was born in 1944 in Toronto. His first real job was as the late Ken Thomson’s mailroom clerk. He then went on to work for the Toronto Star (where the night editors mocked him for reading Joyce and Olson), and at Oxford University Press (a virtual apprenticeship in book design and the business of publishing), before jumping ship to become linotype operator for The Coach House Printing Co. and Coach House Press editor in chief (from 1966-1975). He was also once co-owner of The Bohemian Embassy, programmer for Queen’s University’s National Film Theatre, Executive Director of A Space, publicist/programmer for The Music Gallery, and editor of The Blue Book for Community Information Toronto. Since 1999 he has been the chief editorial mucky-muck for the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art’s Canadian Art Database (www.ccca.ca). Before the unions made it impossible for practising writers with no degrees to do so, he taught CanLit and Creative Writing for the Toronto District School Board and at York and Queens Universities. He has received grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, and in 2001 was given the Harbourfront International Writers’ Festival Prize. In 1996, when the Coach House Press had been run into the ground by various committees, he and Stan Bevington started up Coach House Books and www.chbooks.com, the world’s first simultaneous print and online publishing venture. Over the years he has broken bread, smoked dope and otherwise hung out with such significant contemporaries as bpNichol, Milton Acorn, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Raymond Souster, Gerry Gilbert, George Bowering, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Edward Dorn, joel oppenheimer, Paul Blackburn, Philip Whalen, Robert Kelly, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Whalen, John Wieners, Jonathan Williams, Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman, Kathy Acker, Ted Berrigan, Basil Bunting, Barbara Guest, and Robin Blaser. His five children have produced eight grandchildren. He likes to summer with his wife, Kate Van Dusen, in Rieux-Minervois, near Carcassonne, in the Languedoc region of France. Coleman’s most recent publications are ivH: an alphamath serial (BookThug), How to Become a Good Dancer (A Shuffaloff / Eternal Network Joint), and as editor (with Michael Boughn) of Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book (Univ. of California Press). Next fall BookThug will unveil Miserable Singers.