Karen Mac Cormack & Steve McCaffery – an evening poetry reading: Independent Publishers Book Fair, Sheffield

An evening poetry reading at Sheffield’s Independent Publishers Book Fair https://independentbookfair.wordpress.com/

Saturday 10th June, 2017, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 7:30pm, free entry.

KAREN MAC CORMACK is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry. Titles include Quirks & Quillets, The Tongue Moves Talk, At Issue, Vanity Release, TALE LIGHT: New & Selected Poems 1984–2009, and AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013). Her poems have appeared in such anthologies as Moving Borders, Out of Everywhere, Another Language, Prismatic Publics, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian. An extended interview with her appears in Scott Thurston’s Talking Poetics (Shearsman, 2011). Born in Zambia, of dual British/Canadian citizenship, she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

STEVE McCAFFERY has been twice nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award and is twice recipient of the American Gertrude Stein Prize for Innovative Writing. He is the author of over 40 books and chapbooks of poetry and criticism. An ample selection of his poetic explorations in numerous forms can be savoured in the two volumes of Seven Pages Missing (Coach House Press). As well as Panopticon, Tatterdemalion (Veer Books),  Alice in Plunderland (Book Thug), Revanches (Xexoxial), and Parsival (Roof). His book-object-concept A Little Manual of Treason was commissioned for the 2011 Shajah Biennale in the United Arab Emirates. A founding member of the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, TRG (Toronto Research Group) and the College of Canadian ”Pataphysics and long-time resident of Toronto he is now David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo. Born in Jessop’s Hospital Sheffield, he is listed, along with John Ruskin, Margaret Drabble, Eric Clapton and Patrick MacNee, as one of the top 100 people who were born or lived in that city.


Quiet You TWO!

Words, balloons, fishing line, scribblings, mishearings, boundarings.

Experimental music and words by Angharad DAVIES (richard dawson band, etc.), G Douglas BARRETT (artist/composer), Ryoko AKAMA (soundartist/composer/melange/mumei), Michael PARSONS (scratch orchestra veteran), Mieko SHIOMI (fluxus artist), Alvin LUCIER (superstar roominator), as rendered by Stephen Chase, Linda Kemp, and Nathan Bettany.

La Biblioteka, Sheffield. Friday 26th May, 7:30pm, £5/donations, BYOB.

Electric Arc Furnace #3

The next edition of Electric Arc Furnace at La Biblioteka, Sheffield, on 13th April, with Nat Raha & Eley Williams.

A new poetry reading series, in the centre of Sheffield, between the seven hills. Innovative poetries from the South Yorks hinterlands & further-flung.

Eley Williams is co-editor of fiction at 3:AM magazine with prose in Ambit, Night & Day, Structo and The White Review. Her collection Attrib. and Other Stories (Influx, 2017) was chosen by Ali Smith amongst ‘the best of debut fiction’ for this year’s Cambridge Literary Festival. She has a small book of poetry, ‘Frit’, forthcoming from Sad Press.

Nat Raha is a poet and trans / queer activist, living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poetry includes two collections: countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013), and Octet (Veer Books, 2010); and numerous pamphlets including ‘£/€xtinctions’ (Sociopathetic Distro, 2017), ‘[of sirens / body & faultlines]’ (Veer Books, 2015), and ‘mute exterior intimate’ (Oystercatcher Press, 2013). She’s performed and published her work internationally. She is undertaking a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. Nat’s essay titled ‘Transfeminine Brokenness, Radical Transfeminism’ is due for publication in the South Atlantic Quarterly this spring, and she has recently started working with Scottish PEN on the Many Voices project.

Readings take place at La Biblioteka, Sheffield City Centre. BYOB. Doors 7pm.

£4 waged / £3 unwaged / pay what you can. Proceeds to poets. All very welcome.

Quiet, You!

An opera for pencils, an installation for mouths, curious tall tales, footwear obsession.
Experimental music, words &c. by Ryoko.AKAMA, Robert.ASHLEY, Sarah.HUGHES, Alison.KNOWLES, Alvin.LUCIER, Claudia.MOLITOR & Jennifer.WALSHE, as performed by Linda.KEMP and Stephen.CHASE.
Tuesday 21st March, 7pm, La Biblioteka, Sheffield City Centre. £4/donations.