“More Please” Creative Writing Showcase

Join us for a night of creative excess!

University of Calgary’s 2012 Free-Exchange Conference “More Please:
Explorations of Excess” kicks off with its annual Creative Night at Pages
Books on Kensington Friday, March 9th at 7pm.

Featuring readings by:
Kellie Chouinard
Alex Gayowsky
Brian Jansen
Michael G. Khmelnitsky
Will Owen

Hosted by:
Jon R. Flieger

All welcome! Wine and refreshments will be served.

Margaret Christakos and Michael Clarke Keynote Addresses at U of C

University of Calgary’s annual Free-Exchange Conference will be hosting two keynote speakers during “More Please: Explorations of Excess” March 9-11th, 2012.

All are welcome. For more information about the speakers or conference please see http://www.facebook.com/FreeEx2012 or http://english.ucalgary.ca/FreeExchange.

Saturday, March 10th 1:30-3:00pm, Social Sciences Room 109 MARGARET CHRISTAKOS “Exclessence in an Era of Tumultetudes: The Blue Furnace Study”

Since the late 1980s, Toronto-based writer Margaret Christakos has engaged with language to produce poetic projects and public conversations. Her body of published work includes Not Egypt (1989), Other Words for Grace (1994), The Moment Coming (1998), Wipe Under A Love (2000), Charisma (2000), Excessive Love Prostheses (2002), Sooner (2005), What Stirs (2008) and Welling (2010). Chapbooks include Adult Video, My Girlish Feast, Something Inside Me, and Retreat Diary. Her work has been recognized with the ReLit Poetry Award and the Bliss Carman Award, and nominations for the Ontario Trillium Book Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. In 2004-05, she was Canada Council Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor, and has taught at the Ontario College of Art, Glendon College at York University, with WIER (Writers in Electronic Residence) and, since 2006, within the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing program, where she curates and facilitates Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon. Since 2010 she has facilitated the related online poetics magazine InfluencySalon.ca. She is currently Associate Faculty with the University of Guelph MA in Creative Writing, and, supported by a major Chalmers Arts Fellowship, has been working on an extended research writing project about matrilineal ruptures and continuities, a novel about enduring grief called “L’s Wake”, and a poetry manuscript about the poetic solo and social called “Multitudes.”

Sunday, March 11th 1:30-3:00pm, Social Sciences Room 109
MICHAEL CLARKE “The New Immensities: American Responses”

Michael Tavel Clarke is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary. His book These Days of Large Things: The Culture of Size in America, 1865-1930 addresses the U.S. obsession with bigness and its relation to changing conceptions of the body at the turn of the twentieth century. He is currently working on two book-length projects exploring evolving notions of class in U.S. culture. He has published essays and reviews in Genders, American Literature, American Quarterly, Western American Literature, Critical Inquiry, Victorian Review, Canadian Review of American Studies, and other journals. He is currently co-editor of Ariel: A Review of International English Literature.