A Campus Series of Literary Collaborations
January — March 2017

A series of four literary events animated by Margaret Christakos, 2016-17 Canada Council Writer-in-Residence. Each event will invite student poets and writers to participate in reading and performance opportunities, and will consider poetry and writing in relation to specific spaces and contexts on campus.

Kickoff: A Literary Sonic Social
January 11 | 6-8 pm | IGAB Atrium
Margaret lead a series of sound poetry activities exploring the oral, sonic and alphabetic space of our voices amidst the soaring acoustic space of the IGAB Atrium. Solo, small group and collaborative modes of participation gave everyone a chance to expand their "ulu-literary" range. Western's current Student Writer-in-Residence, Victoria Wiebe also gave a short reading from her work and shared some of the ways she uses sound and sonics in her poetry.

February 9 | 6-8pm | Artlab Gallery
An evening of readings by student writers responding to artworks in the Annual Juried Exhibition at Artlab Gallery. Participating student writers joined the writers' group and took part in creating original poetic and textual responses to the accomplished and evocative artworks in the AJE.

Fast – Writers Speak Up About Food, Feast and Sustainability
March 14 | 2-4 pm | AHB 3R07
This event has been adapted to an in-class exploration with students from Kathryn Mockler's, Out of the Book:Contemporary Experimental Writing Practices class.

Whissper – Poets Interact with Quiet(s)
March 22 | 4:30-6pm | Weldon Library
A creative opportunity for Western students to become involved in a site-specific consideration of the poetics of Various Kinds of Quiet, to create some original work and to perform it in some of the various spaces within the Weldon Library. Writers, poets, essayists and other creative artists will be given the opportunity to consider writing a new text to perform, either as a solo piece or as a polyvocal reading (in which you can involve other voices). Several pieces for performance will be developed concurrently, to create an interesting array of new work. Several workshopping opportunities will be provided. Students are invited to submit their idea for WHISSPER by March 16 to Margaret at mchris63@uwo.ca.