ONE NIGHT ONLY! Come see three of the most SPECTACULAR poetic acts in Canada.
Aisha Sasha John will pursue her fascination with relationality and physicality in a performance of an IMPROVISED "talk-poem entitled "Listening to Music Together." It might even include movement—if the moment moves her!
Next, Gustave Morin will cap off his one-day residency at PAGES UNBOUND with a presentation of his BRAND NEW, "fresh-off-the-press" typewriter poems-sometimes likened to "painting with a typewriter," each poem is really a thing to behold! You need to see it to believe it!
Finally, Kaie Kellough and Jason Sharp will perform a new piece—an "oceanic and infinitely rippling" exploration of individual and collective engagement, biography and history—called "Way in the World." You won't want to make YOUR "way in the world" without coming out to this fabulous revue of "expanded poetry!"
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Aisha Sasha John is a dancer and poet. The author of The Shining Material (BookThug 2011) and the Trillium and ReLit Award nominated THOU (BookThug 2014), Aisha's poetry has brought her to Kelowna, Marrakech, Montreal, New York, Oakland, San Francisco and Vancouver. In 2014, Aisha participated in A Rhythm Party, a Princeton University colloquium marrying poetry and hospitality. In 2013, she was a UNESCO—Aschberg laureate artist, attending Dar Al-Ma'mûn in Morocco. She's presented talks at numerous art institutions in Toronto including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mercer Union and the Power Plant. In January 2016, Aisha's collaboration with Julia Thomas, WE ARE HANGING OUT RIGHT NOW, premiered at Videofag in Toronto. Another iteration of W.A.H.O.R.N. will take place at Buddies in June 2016. Her third collection of poems, I have to live. will be published by McClelland and Stewart in 2017. Alongside Walter Scott and Rachelle Sawatsky, Aisha will participate in a group show curated by cheyanne turions called How a Living Day is Made at the Doris McCarthy Gallery (UTSC) April 21-June 11, 2016.
gustave morin is too legit to quit. his most recent act has been the surprisingly celebrated publication of his typewriter poem tour de force, Clean Sails, released late in 2015 by New Star Books of Vancouver, which went on to be nominated for an honourable mention in design by the Alcuin Society in 2016 (an honour that he shares with longstanding colleague and co-designer Mark Laliberte). as of late his work has been appearing in several international anthologies: The Art of Typewriting edited by Ruth and Marvin Sackner for Thames and Hudson in 2015; Typewriter Art edited by Barrie Tullet in 2014 for Lawrence King Publishing; The New Concrete, edited by Victoria Bean and Chris McCabe for Hayward Publishing in 2015; the recent tribute to Canadian concrete and visual poetry edited by Amanda Earl for Brick Books' website; and in The Last Vispo edited by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis for Fantagraphics Books. for his involvement with Pages UnBound mr. g intends to install himself somewhere on the premises of the festival, where he will type artfully and cheerfully over the course of a day in an attempt to remind the literati of what a typewriter was.
Kaie Kellough is a word-sound systemizer. His systems originate in the inchoate swirl of vowels, consonants, misspellings, shapes, stammerings, and emerge as audio recordings, books, visual entities, volumes of letters, and performances that verse and reverse utterance. Kaie latest work is Accordéon, a novel that will be published in Fall 2016, with Arbeiter Ring Publishing. Kaie's work fuses formal experiment and social engagement. Kaie is the author of two books of poetry, Lettricity (Cumulus Press 2004), and Maple Leaf Rag (Arbeiter Ring Publishing 2010), and 2 Sound recordings: Vox:Versus (WOW 2011), and Creole Continuum (HOWL! 2014). Kaie performs and publishes internationally.
Montreal-based baritone/bass-saxophonist and composer Jason Sharp is known for his creative use of extended playing techniques. His solo saxophone concerts explore acoustic resonances, feedback, and the relationship between breathing and heart rate. As a solo artist he has opened for saxophonists David S. Ware, Peter Brötzmann and Joe McPhee. Jason has recorded with Matana Roberts, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and Sam Shalabi for the Constellation Label. He can be heard as a regular member of Joshua Zubot's Mend Ham, Sam Shalabi's Land Of Kush, and Nicolas Caloia's Ratchet Orchestra. As a frequent contributor to Montreal's vibrant improvised music community he has shared the stage with Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, and Malcom Goldstein, and is currently serving as president of the board of Innovations en Concert, an organization that promotes new music in Montreal.