May 14, 2018

June 4, 2018: Adeena Karasick & Olivier Herran (OliAlchemy)



Adeena Karasick is a New York based Canadian poet, performer, cultural theorist and media artist and the author of eight books of poetry and poetics. Her most recent work is Checking In (Talonbooks, 2018) and Salomé: Woman of Valor (University of Padova Press, Italy, 2017), the libretto for her Spoken Word opera co-created with Grammy award winning composer, Sir Frank London. She teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Dept. at Pratt Institute, is Poetry Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award recipient and winner of the 2016 Voce Donna Italia award for her contributions to feminist thinking. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” is established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.


Olivier Herran is a French composer, songwriter, voice-over artist and writer. He is the author of "Ryan and the mystery of the Salamander." Herran performs as Oli Alchemy and will be presenting the release of his new album "Dreams" at Palác Akropolis on June 8.

https://www.olialchemy.com/music




April 3, 2018

May 7, 2018: Franziska Ruprecht


Franziska Ruprecht has roots in American Poetry Slam and studied Creative Writing with Language Poets in Detroit, picking up the musicality and elements of rap; these are the underlying influences of her poems and song lyrics.

Communicating a strong femininity, playing with words, and inviting you to reflect are some of the main characteristics of her work. Franziska loves the stage. Her delivery on it has a somatic quality and presence. Through an interdisciplinary approach, with music, and a pinch of glitter it is possible that you will be touched!

http://www.franziskaruprecht.de/en/

March 6, 2018

April 2, 2018 Feature: How Literature Can Save the World


EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO VENUE CLOSING.
WILL BE RESCHEDULED
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A Talk by Alex Went...
In which Went will wind his way through a number of hot topics including a) What is lasting about literature and how, far from being a shadow of reality, it can act as a disruptive influence, exposing the shadiness of the world through its own brilliance. b) literature as a store of value and a means of currency – call it the bookchain c) the new hope of literacy. And more, or less. Designed to provoke. Come one, come all.

February 6, 2018

March 5, 2018 Feature: Neil McCarthy

Neil McCarthy is an Irish poet who lives in Vienna. His debut collection “Stopgap Grace” draws on years spent outside of Ireland where he has lived, worked and been a guest poet in places such as LA, Melbourne, Bucharest and NYC to name a few. He is also a veteran of 4 Prague Fringe Festivals where he performed with The Voice & The Verse ensemble. Fellow poet and friend Stephen Murray has described his book as “a love letter to the world on the eve of its destruction”. The collection “Stopgap Grace” is available from www.salmonpoetry.com