The Present of Poetics / The Poetics of the Present
Date: February 9, 2012

This evening at the Auburn (#163 115 9th Ave S.E.) will feature Rita Wong, Rachel Zolf, and Sharron Proulx-Turner, as part of the Single Onion Poetry Reading Series.

Rachel Zolf’s poetic practice explores interrelated materialist questions concerning memory, history, knowledge, subjectivity and the conceptual limits of language and meaning. She is particularly interested in how ethics founders on the shoals of the political. Her fourth full-length book, Neighbour Procedure, was released by Coach House Books in 2010. Previous collections include Human Resources (Coach House, 2007), which won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Shoot & Weep (Nomados, 2008), from Human Resources (Belladonna books, 2005), Masque (The Mercury Press, 2004), finalist for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and Her absence, this wanderer (BuschekBooks, 1999), finalist in the CBC Literary Competition.

An Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies, Rita Wong investigates the relationships between contemporary poetics, social justice, ecology, and decolonization. She is currently researching the poetics of water, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Emerging Writer Award, Wong is the author of sybil unrest (Line Books, 2008, with Larissa Lai), forage (Nightwood, short-listed for the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry in 2008 and winner of Canada Reads Poetry 2011), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang, 1998).

Sharron Proulx-Turner is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. She’s from Mohawk, Algonquin, Wendat, Ojibwe, Mik’maw, French and Irish ancestry. Her previously published memoir, Where the Rivers Join, written under a pseudonym, was short-listed for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and her second book, what the auntys say, was shortlisted for the league of Canadian poets’ Gerald Lampert Prize for best first book of poetry.