Friday, February 29, 2008

McCaffery, Mac Cormack & oWEns Read in Portland this Sunday, 3/2

There's some electromagnetic Buffalo-Portland nexus I haven't figured out yet, but Portland benefits from it once again this Sunday, when Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack join local space-time phenomenon mARK oWEns at Spare Room.

NB: Spare Room's usual space, the New American Art Union, is unavailable due to installations (go figure). So this one'll be downtown at the Someday Lounge, 5 p.m.
Spare Room presents

SUNDAY, MARCH 2nd @ 5:00 pm
Someday Lounge125 NW 5th Avenue

Steve McCaffery
is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry and three critical books. With bp nichol, he conducted the Toronto Research Group, and was a member (also with bp) of the pioneering sound-poetry and performance ensemble The Four Horsemen. Recent books of McCaffery's poetry include The Black Debt, The Cheat of Words, and Seven Pages Missing (in two volumes); his critical titles include North of Intention, Prior to Meaning, and the dazzlingly ambitious anthology Imagining Language (coedited with Jed Rasula). A founding theorist of Language Poetry, his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. A long-time resident of Toronto, he now lives in Buffalo, New York, where he is The David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters at SUNY Buffalo.

Born in Luanshya, Zambia, Karen Mac Cormack is the author of thirteen books of poetry, including Nothing by Mouth, Quill Driver, Quirks & Quillets, At Issue, and Vanity Release. Volume 1 of her polybiography Implexures was published by Chax Press/West House Books in 2003, and Implexures in its entirety is forthcoming from the same publishers in Spring 2008. Her poetry has been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish, and Norwegian. Of dual British/Canadian citizenship, she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Due to no fault of your own, mARK's last name is currently under scrutinous examination. His poems are typically found tangled in lines between concepts, sound, visual art, and performance. His designs have been unveiled in Portland; Seattle; Guadalajara, Mexico; Mexico City; Boston; New York City; Nice, France; and Dayton, OH. He organized the Northwest Sound Poetry Festivals in Portland, OR, in 2003 and 2004, and he is a founding member of Spare Room.

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