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Word! Symposium: talk, poetry, and performance

September 21-22, 2007
Muttart Hall, MacEwan – Alberta College Campus, 10050 MacDonald Drive, Edmonton

Edmonton Cultural Capital partners with Grant MacEwan College to explore the many connections between everyday life, poetry, and art.

Word! Symposium Program

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21

SESSION ONE: 10:00 am – 12 noon

PAGE TO STAGE
Poetic inspiration comes in many forms. The artists featured in this session discuss the nuances of creating work for different modes of expression – from page to stage.

Photo of Anne Simson FEATURED SPEAKER: ANNE SIMPSON (Nova Scotia)
Anne Simpson is an acclaimed Canadian novelist and poet. Among her many honours are the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize (for Loop) and the Journey Prize (for Dreaming Snow). She will speak to the topic Minding the Difference: Approaching Poetry and Fiction.
Photo of Kris Demeanor KRIS DEMEANOR (Calgary)
Poet, songwriter, and underground legend from the alternative art world, Kris Deamenor will speak about expressing The Song in Words.
Photo of Jack McCarthy

JACK McCARTHY (Washington)
A working man’s poet, and the original ‘stand up poetry guy’, Jack McCarthy is a beloved icon and champion of the poetry slam scene. He will speak on Standing Up for Poetry.

The presentations will be followed by audience participation and discussion

LUNCH: Noon - 1: 30 pm
Lunch is included with registration

SESSION TWO, 1:30 – 4:00 pm

HEAR THIS! LIVE AND PERSONAL
Words jump off the page in this session, which showcases writers who express personal, political and social issues through live performance.

Photo of Chris Craddock CHRIS CRADDOCK (Edmonton)
A multi-talented and multi-award winning theatre artist, Chris Craddock is known for clever, poetic, and fast-paced writing, audaciously challenging both theatrical conventions and social taboos. He will speak on Acting Up and Out.
Photo of James Carson JAMES CARSON (Edmonton)
Pianist and poet James’ daring and personal expression has many influences. He will speak on Celebrating Muses.
Photo of Heather Haley HEATHER HALEY (Vancouver)
Poet, singer, publisher and media artist, Heather Haley is architect of the Edgewise ElectroLit Center and the Vancouver Videopoem Festival. Her own work has been published in numerous journals and e-zines. Anvil Press published a book of verse, Sideways, in 2003. Surfing Season, an audio CD of song and spoken word (2004).

TALK BACK
4:00 – 5:00 pm
An open session for audience discussions and feedback.
Breaks will occur as needed during the day.

SHOULD’VE
FRIDAY EVENING, 8 pm
Timms Centre for the Arts - Second Play Space
3-146 Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta

Canadian Premiere
Should’ve
Death, mysteries, new bonds … a play about ethics in science and art.
by Roald Hoffmann

Photo of Roald Hoffmann Roald Hoffmann is a Nobel Prize chemistry winner, poet and playwright. His third play, Should’ve is a riveting drama about survival, ethical conflicts and the social responsibility of scientists and artists.

Edmonton based actors Maralyn Ryan, Michele Brown and Robert Clinton star in this all absorbing seventy five minute drama
Directed by Stephen Heatley
Produced by Daniel van Heyst
Should’ve is free special event for all Word! Symposium registrants.
Presented by the Edmonton Cultural Capital Program


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

THE WIDER WORLD

SESSION ONE, 10AM-12 NOON

FEATURED SPEAKER: ROALD HOFFMANN (New York)
Thought Reactions, Science and Poetry
Dr. Roald Hoffmann’s achievements in art and science are remarkable and wide ranging. He has written extensively about science, poetry and philosophy, and in this session he will talk about the sometimes surprising links between them.

Photo of Jalal Barzanji JALAL BARZANJI (Iraq/Edmonton)
Writer in Exile
Jalal Barzanji is an accomplished poet whose life and work encompasses many complexities as both an artist and ‘world’ citizen. He was recently honoured by being named Edmonton’s first Writer in Exile.

VIDEO POETRY PROJECT: RHYTHM OF THE HEART (Edmonton)
Participants in this ongoing outreach project are youth who have experienced challenges and struggles in their lives. Working alongside a poet, video artist and mentor, video poems have been produced.

SESSION TWO, 1.30-4PM

Learning the Art of…
This session explores how poets marry creativity and craft, learning to take delight in shaping inspiration through technique.

Photo of George McWhirtle FEATURED SPEAKER: GEORGE McWHIRTER (Vancouver)
Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, acclaimed writer and beloved teacher, George McWhirter is a Canadian icon. He is renowned for his singular insight into the art of poetry, and his ability to inspire precision and skill in the poet. He will speak on Fitting Nuts to Thunderbolts: Precision out of Passion.

 

Photo of Doug and Sheila


DOUGLAS BARBOUR (Edmonton) and SHEILA MURPHY (Arizona,USA)
Innovators in collaboration, poets Doug Barbour and Sheila Murphy will speak to the topic Exploring the new frontier of ‘digital’ creation.

Photo of Morningstar Mercredi MORNINGSTAR MERCREDI (Edmonton)
Writer and poet Mercredi Morningstar, acclaimed for her raw and honest portrayal of her own experiences, will talk about the traditions and contemporary view on making Stories of Lives.

TALK BACK
4:00 – 5:00 pm
An open session for audience discussions and feedback.

SATURDAY EVENING, 8PM

WORD! GALA
MUTTART HALL, MacEwan – Alberta College Campus
10050 MacDonald Drive
Join us for a celebration of all things poetic! Featuring the world premiere of Honour Songs, a fusion of Aboriginal poetry and art; Edmonton’s new Poet Laureate Ted Blodgett, the Spoken Word Youth Choir, Jack McCarthy, Jalal Barzanji, Alice Major and Anne Simpson.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

To register for Word! Symposium go to TIX on the Square, located on the SW corner of Sir Winston Churchill Square, or call 420-1757.

WEEKEND PASS IS $40, to all sessions, gala and special events, and includes lunches and beverages and gift bag.
Individual tickets to daytime symposium sessions are $10, as available.
Word! Gala tickets are $10

Single tickets to the Canadian premiere of the play “Should’ve” are only available for registrants and are included with their registration package.