Thursday, January 18, 2007

Reading by Poet Stephen Collis in Special Collections (Jan 25)

Please join us at the following reading:
Reading by Poet Stephen Collis in Special Collections - January 25, 2007

B.C. poet Stephen Collis will read from and discuss his long, site-specific poem ”The Lakes” – part of his forthcoming book THE COMMONS (New Star, 2008). Special Collections is an apt venue for the reading insofar as “The Lakes” finds its genesis in one of the principal collections housed there, namely the Wordsworth/Lake District collection. The poem investigates the collision of the private (Wordsworth) and public/collective (the Lake District as, in Wordsworth’s words, “a sort of national property”). The very idea of “property” itself is investigated as the discourse of lakes is returned to its collective roots.

Stephen Collis is the author of four books: MINE (New Star, 2001); ANARCHIVE (New Star, 2005), which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; THROUGH WORDS OF OTHERS (ELS Editions, 2006), and PHYLLIS WEBB AND THE COMMON GOOD (Talonbooks, forthcoming 2007). He is an SFU PhD. graduate and an assistant professor in the English Department. His parents recently sold “their” lakefront property on Vancouver Island.

Stephen Collis will be reading from his work in Special Collections on Thursday, January 25, 2007 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby. Free! Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact:
Tony Power
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