S A L O N - SUNDAY with Erín Moure
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S A L O N - SUNDAY with Erín Moure

Join us to speak with Erín Moure about Planetary Noise, her most recent book of collected poems, edited by Shannon Maguire, and Paraguayan Sea by Wilson Bueno, her most recent translation—a queer homage to the multiplicity of languages and to life by a wonderful Brazilian writer, rendered in Frenglish

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Planetary Noise is described in The New York Times as 'a career-spanning selection' by the 'much-honored Canadian poet who began in the late 1970s as the exponent of a cerebral, knife-sharp feminism': 

During the 1980s her books tried to untangle power and patriarchy and mere habit from the roots and boles of a newer language, as well as to alter the shape of the poem on the page. The results, with their “peaceable discontinuity,” could end up airily theoretical, or startle with sudden passion, almost as in the long poems of C.D. Wright: “When your ankle touched my shoulder / the cord shudders in the spine.” The later Moure pays homage to role models like the Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector; she also translates poetry, and makes her own poems reflect the process of translation, veering “out of the monolingualism … that would keep boundaries pure.” Moure’s sense remains hard to fix, which is part of her point: Translations with real originals, ambient thoughts carved from air, design elements from art books, and slices of philosophy circulate in work created never to settle down, never to narrow to any one point.

Meet Erin on her website, where she describes herself as follows.  

Poet in English and English/Galician, translator of poetry—especially the syntactically strange or "difficult"— from Galician, French, Spanish, and Portuguese to English. Lives in Montreal and Kelowna, works everywhere. Allergic person, friend, lesboqueer, cyclist commuter, small footprint on earth.

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S A L O N - LONDON is directed by Georgina Colby and Susan Rudy. S A L O N - SUNDAY with Erín Moure has been funded by the Centre for Poetry and the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster.

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S A L O N - LONDON presents Laynie Browne in conversation with Andrea Brady
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S A L O N - LONDON presents Laynie Browne in conversation with Andrea Brady

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Join us to hear Laynie Browne in conversation with Andrea Brady.

Update 4 March 2018. Attending this event will not involve crossing picket lines: the University of Westminster is not involved in the strike action.

Laynie will be reading from three works:

Periodic Companions is a novel with characters based on the periodic table of elements. Relationships are based upon chemistry, and characters investigate poetics, contemplative practices, and outsider culture. Overwhelmed with the futility of institutional structures, and impelled to act in response to tragic acts of violence, the elemental characters create a collective action based upon chemical signalling using human tears, in the hopes of inventing a new context for non-violent protest.

You Envelop Me

A book length poetic elegy, You Envelop Me takes its title from the thirty-second psalm and explores connections between birth and loss. How does one in mourning converse with those absent, yet ever present? These poems seek to enter that sturdy edifice of emptiness, wherein time is suspended, and one is paradoxically held by the departed. How is a motherless daughter conceived? What befalls those who succumb to waves of grief akin to contractions of birth? You Envelop Me is woven from contemplative practices which permit us to approach the unimaginable. The world with the beloved removed is permanently altered, perhaps most significantly in the way the living learn that indispensible vision occurs beyond the visible world.

The Book of Moments (forthcoming 2018, in two editions, one English, one French, from Presses Universitaires de rouen et du havre, Rouen, France)

This book of relatively short prose fiction/hybrid pieces is an exploration in reinvention of forms: including the found, the invented and foregrounding perception as subject and object. This book seeks the boundary between real and imagined and hovers at a location often in between. This work is inspired by the revolutionary prose of writers such as Lydia Davis, Marguerite Duras, Hélène Cixous, and others writing off the map between genres, outside conventional expectations of “story.”

A poet, prose writer, teacher and editorLaynie Browne is author of thirteen collections of poems and three novels. Her most recent collections of poems include You Envelop Me (Omnidawn 2017) P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel 2015), and Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press 2015). Recent books of prose include the novel Periodic Companions (2018) and short fiction in The Book of Moments(2018). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award (2007) for her collection The Scented Fox, and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory. Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese and Catalan. Her writing has appeared in many anthologies including The Norton Anthology of Post Modern Poetry (second edition 2013), Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013), Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006) and The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008). She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College.

 Laynie Browne

Laynie Browne

Laynie will be in conversation with Andrea Brady, who will also be reading from her current work. Andrea is a poet and Professor of Poetry at Queen Mary, University of London. Andrea's books of poetry include The Strong Room (2016), Dompteuse(2014), Cut from the Rushes (2013), Mutability: Scripts for Infancy (2012), and Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (2010). She is Professor of Poetry at Queen Mary University of London, where she runs the Centre for Poetry and the Archive of the Now.

 Andrea Brady

Andrea Brady

S A L O N - LONDON is directed by Georgina Colby and Susan Rudy. S A L O N - LONDON presents Laynie Browne has been funded by the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster, in collaboration with the Centre for Poetry at Queen Mary, University of London.

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S A L O N - LONDON presents Redell Olsen in conversation with Carolyn Pedwell

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To launch SALON-LONDON, a site for reading and responding to the present through women's experimental writing, we will be hosting Redell Olsen in conversation with Carolyn Pedwell. 

Redell Olsen will read from and introduce two recent works: ‘Woolf / Apelles’ and ‘Atomic Guildswomen’. Carolyn Pedwell will give a short paper on digital culture, intuition and new social movements

Admission is free. To reserve your ticket, click here.  

Redell Olsen’s poetic practice comprises poetry as well as texts for performance, film and installation. Her publications include Film Poems (Les Figues, 2014), 'Punk Faun: a bar rock pastel' (Subpress, 2012), 'Secure Portable Space' (Reality Street, 2004), 'Book of the Fur' (rem press 2000), and, in collaboration with the bookartist Susan Johanknecht, 'Here Are My Instructions' (Gefn, 2004). Her work is included in Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010), I’ll Drown My Book: 'Conceptual Writing by Women' (Les Figues Press, 2011) and Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street Press, 2016). In 2017 she published two bookworks Smock and Mox Nox. She has also published a number of critical articles on contemporary poetry and the relationship between contemporary poetics and the visual arts. In 2002 she set up the influential MA in Poetic Practice at Royal Holloway which she still runs as part of the MA in Creative Writing. From 2006 - 2010 she was the editor of How2, the international online journal for Modernist and contemporary writing by women. In 2013-14 she was the visiting Judith E. Wilson fellow at the University of Cambridge. In 2016-17, in association with other members of staff from English and Modern Languages at Royal Holloway, she led the HARC funded project ‘Nature and Other Forms of That Matter’. She is Director of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway. 

Carolyn Pedwell is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent, where she is Head of Cultural Studies and Media. Carolyn has been Visiting Fellow at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney; the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary University of London; and the Gender Institute, London School of Economics. She is the author of Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy (Palgrave, 2014) and Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice (Routledge, 2010). Her new book, Transforming Habit: Revolution, Routine and Social Change, is under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press. Carolyn is also an Editor of Feminist Theory journal. To learn more about the subject of her talk, click here

S A L O N - LONDON is organized by Georgina Colby and Susan Rudy. Our launch has been funded by the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster, the Centre for Poetry, Queen Mary University of London, and the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London.

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