Thursday, February 18, 2010

In(ter)ventions

i'm at the In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge conference in Banff right now. The conference is a gathering of avant-garde writers, there will be discussion the state of contemporary literature supplemented by a number of readings. It's off to a fairly good start: an interesting introductory talk by Charles Bernstein, Erin Mouré, and Fred Wah, followed by a public reading with Nick Montfort, Larissa Lai, and Chris Funkhouser. Lai was not on the original schedule, but Daphne Marlatt couldn't make the conference at the last minute. It was nice to see Lai read, and I couldn't help but notice she was the only Person of Colour on the docket. Not a very diverse group of writers here, to my eye. Still, a lot of impressive names, and many greats who I have not had the privilege of seeing perform (Bernstein and Wah, for instance). Looks like it's going to be a good few days.

And the Banff Centre is GORGEOUS. Seriously. I feel pampered, and I'm just a guest.

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