span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:
The Factory Reading Series
with readings by:
Hoa Nguyen (Toronto)lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
Dale Smith (Toronto)
+ Mari-Lou Rowley (Saskatoon)
Saturday, September 21, 2013;
doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
The Carleton Tavern,
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen [see the profile on her up at Open Book: Toronto here] studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX where they lived for 14 years. The author of eight books and chapbooks, she currently lives in Toronto where she teaches poetics in a private workshop and at Ryerson University. Wave Books published her third full-length collection of poems, As Long As Trees Last, in September 2012.
Dale Smith [see his "12 or 20 questions" here] teaches at Ryerson University, Toronto. With Hoa Nguyen he published 10 issues of the always-hip and controversial journal, Skanky Possum. His book, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent (University of Alabama Press), was published last year, and Slow Poetry in America (Cuneiform) is forthcoming in winter 2014. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in the Best American Poetry 2002, Bookslut, Chicago Review, Jacket, New American Writing, and more.
Poet and interdisciplinary adventurer Mari-Lou Rowley [see her "12 or 20 questions" here] has encountered a timber wolf, come between a black bear and her cub, interviewed an Italian astronaut, found over 44 four-leaf clovers, and written nine collections of poetry. Her recent book, Unus Mundus (Anvil Press 2013) was awarded second prize in the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. Suicide Psalms, also published by Anvil in 2008, was shortlisted for a Sask Book Award. Her work has appeared internationally in literary, arts and science-related journals including the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics (US) and Aesthetica Magazine’s (UK) Creative Works Competition (finalist 2011). She was one of 20 invited participants in Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science at the Banff International Research Station in 2010.She recently received a Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award to pursue n interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in new media, neuroplasticity and empathy.