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Oral Literary History: The Poetics of Real Life Stories with Daphne Marlatt & Diane Wakoski


Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:00 to 12:00

Well known poets Daphne Marlatt, a member of the Order of Canada and winner of the Dorothy Livesay prize in poetry for The Given, and Diane Wakoski a Distinguished Professor and Poet in Residence at Michigan State University from 1975 – 2012 and winner of The William Carolos Williams prize from the Poetry Society of America for her work Emerald Ice will be giving a talk.  Their discussion will focus on oral history and poetry in order to explore the manner in which memories, facts and fiction intertwine when writing poems.  Wakoski whose work has been published in over twenty-five collections creates innovative poems encapsulated in epistolary text, so that the four books can be read as a progression from her epistolary. Marlatt who has published almost thirty books, has also published a work based in oral history entitled Opening Doors in Vancouver's East End: Strathcona.  We hope you will be able to join us for this engaging discussion!  This event will be followed by a larger poetry reading beginning at 6pm in GN-100.



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