Catherine Kidd and Christian Bök

Catherine Kidd and Christian Bök


Join us for a riveting evening of performance poetry with Catherine Kidd and Christian Bök!

 + the launch of Catherine Kidd's new CD/book, Hyena Subpoena / seven poems with soundscapes! 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Raw Sugar Café
692 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ont.

Christian Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry (particularly Die Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters). His conceptual artworks (which include books built out of Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks) have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. The Utne Reader has recently included Bök in its list of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.

A formative figure in the Montreal poetry scene since the early 90s, Catherine Kidd is one of its most surprising and inspiring voices. Her solo show Sea Peach toured over six years, from a small production in Mile End’s Bain St-Michel to such venues as Toronto Harbourfront’s World Stage and Singapore’s Esplanade on the Bay. She has performed for audiences from Oslo to Whitehorse, New York to Cape Town. A graduate of Concordia’s MA program in Creative Writing, she has seen her work published in Matrix, This magazine, and P.E.N. International. The opening chapter of her novel Missing the Ark was nominated for a Journey Prize in 2005. Her voice may be heard in video games and air safety messages. Her newest poetry series, Hyena Subpoena / seven poems with soundscapes,is to be released in CD/book this Spring 2014.