Canadian poets take Manhattan (and Philadelphia) for four-day festival

By Harriet Staff

PennSound has posted over 20 videos and accompanying audio tracks from North of Invention: A Canadian Poetry Festival. Taking place over four days in January at Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia and Poets House in New York, the festival was organized by Charles Bernstein and Sarah Dowling and brought together emerging and established Canadian poets. The videos, from the first two days at Kelly Writers House, include readings and discussion with Christian Bök, Nicole Brossard, Stephen Collis, Jeff Derksen, Adeena Karasick, M. Nourbese Philip, A. Rawlings, Lisa Robertson, Jordan Scott, and Fred Wah among others.

North of Invention aims to initiate a new dialogue in North American poetics, addressing the hotly debated areas of "innovation" and "conceptual writing," the history of sound poetry and contemporary performance, multilingualism and translation, and connections to activism.