Saturday, June 7, 730 PM, Church of St. John the Evangelist, 23 Water St. N., Kitchener ON
Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and author of the bestselling Canadian poetry book of all time - EUNOIA, Christian Bök is also one of North America’s great sound artists and improvisers. This program will include the seminal Dada vocal work Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters as well as excerpts from The Xenotext, Bök's current project.
Christian Bök will also be a guest artist/coach at our Avant-Garde Poetry Tea on Sunday, June 8.
Christian Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry (particularly Die Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters). His conceptual artworks (which include books built out of Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks) have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. The Utne Reader has recently included Bök in its list of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.
Christian Bök's performance has been generously sponsored by Peter Hatch.