Karen Mac Cormack & Steve McCaffery in Sheffield

An evening poetry reading: Independent Publishers Book Fair, Sheffield

Saturday 10th June, 2017, Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield. S1 2DS  7:30pm, free entry.

Karen Mac Cormack is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry. Titles include Quirks & Quillets, The Tongue Moves Talk, At Issue, Vanity Release,TALE LIGHT: New & Selected Poems 1984–2009, and AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013). Her poems have appeared in such anthologies asMoving Borders, Out of Everywhere, Another Language, Prismatic Publics, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian. An extended interview with her appears in Scott Thurston’s Talking Poetics (Shearsman, 2011). Born in Zambia, of dual British/Canadian citizenship, she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Steve McCaffery has been twice nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award and is twice recipient of the American Gertrude Stein Prize for Innovative Writing. He is the author of over 40 books and chapbooks of poetry and criticism. An ample selection of his poetic explorations in numerous forms can be savoured in the two volumes of Seven Pages Missing (Coach House Press). As well as Panopticon, Tatterdemalion (Veer Books), Alice in Plunderland (Book Thug), Revanches (Xexoxial), and Parsival (Roof). His book-object-concept A Little Manual of Treason was commissioned for the 2011 Shajah Biennale in the United Arab Emirates. A founding member of the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, TRG (Toronto Research Group) and the College of Canadian ”Pataphysics and long-time resident of Toronto he is now David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo. Born in Jessop’s Hospital Sheffield, he is listed, along with John Ruskin, Margaret Drabble, Eric Clapton and Patrick MacNee, as one of the top 100 people who were born or lived in that city.​

Action Poetry

Oui Performance – Action Poetry

Karen Mac Cormack & Steve McCaffery
Thursday 9th June 2016
York Medical Society, Stonegate, York
7pm – 8:30pm

Karen Mac Cormack is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013). Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including ‘Moving Borders’, ‘Out of Everywhere’, ‘Another Language’, and ‘Prismatic Publics’. Her texts have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian. An extended interview with her appears in Scott Thurston’s ‘Talking Poetics’ (Shearsman, 2011). Of dual British/Canadian citizenship she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Steve McCaffery is the author of more than 40 books of poetry and criticism. His most recent books are ‘Tatterdemalion’ (Veer Books, 2014); ‘Alice in Plunderland’ (Book Thug, 2015) and ‘Revanches’, a collection of visual and concrete poetry (Xexoxial, 2015). English born and a long-time resident of Toronto, he was a co-founder of the Toronto Research Group (TRG), the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, and the College of Canadian Pataphysics. Since 2004 he has been the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters and Director and member of the UB Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo.

More here.

The Other Room reviewed in Corridor 8

“When a poetry evening attracts as varied an audience as this, aged from twenty-odd to fifty-something, and with latecomers crowding in at the back, you know something interesting is going on. The Other Room is free, and held in the marvellous wood-panelled, high-ceilinged performance space at the Castle Hotel on Oldham Street, Manchester, so its location is ideal. But the surprise lies in the number of poets who have so far taken part, and the health of the stylistic field it specialises in, which is defined as “experimental”.”

Read more of this review by Bob Dickinson of our November event featuring Karen Mac Cormack, Steve McCaffery and Claire Potter at the Corridor 8 site.

Veer Reading & Launch

Reading, and double launch: Peter Jaeger, Steve McCaffery, Karen Mac Cormack.

Wednesday 12th November 2014, 7.45 pm

Room 153, Malet Street Main Building, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX.

All welcome – free entry.

Featuring the launch of Peter Jaeger’s 540493390 (research) and Steve McCaffery’s TATTERDAMALION (both new from Veer).

Karen Mac Cormack & Steve McCaffery

The CPRC Birkbeck welcomes Karen Mac Cormack and Steve McCaffery.

Thursday 6th June 2013, 7.30 pm, with a reading of new work by both poets, and the launch of Karen Mac Cormack’s new Veer book, AGAINST WHITE

The Peltz room exhibition space in the School of Arts, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. Click here for a map link. All welcome – free entry.

Scott Thurston:Talking Poetics— Dialogues in Innovative Poetry

This is a book of full-length interviews with the poets Karen Mac Cormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady carried out between 2008 and 2009 in the UK and USA by Scott Thurston. During the course of these conversations, the poets explore a huge range of topics likely to interest anyone concerned with the state of innovative poetry today. Each interview considers the complete oeuvre of each writer and includes detailed engagements with selected texts as well as unfolding themes such as the role of innovation, the politics of poetry and reflections on lyric and autobiography. Each interview is footnoted and there is an extensive bibliography. Out now on Shearsman.

The Other Room 24 and 25

We are very pleased to announce a double set of events on 7th June (Leeds) and 8th June (Manchester) with Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack. The Leeds event will also feature Alan Halsey and Geraldine Monk. For the Leeds event we are working in partnership with the legendary Information as Material. A press release for that event can be read below. We will post some previews over the next few weeks of all our readers. Both events are free.

Legendary sound-poet returns to Yorkshire to perform, for one night only.

On 07 June 2011, Leeds Art Gallery will host a very special performance by Yorkshire-born Steve McCaffery, an acclaimed poet and writer in his own right, and a founding member of the legendary sound-poetry group The Four Horsemen. This will be the first time that McCaffery, who is now based in New York, has performed to a Yorkshire audience, despite the fact he grew up in Barnsley and lived in the region until he moved to Toronto, Canada in 1968. This is a unique opportunity to see an artist whose work and critical writing continues to inform artistic practice of all kinds.

McCaffery’s performance is part of an evening of readings by other remarkable writers, organised by The Other Room and Information as Material. The programme includes performances by Zambian born Karen Mac Cormack, a New York based poet who, like McCaffery, emerged as a key figure in Canadian poetry and is often associated with the Language Poets; and the Sheffield-based poets Alan Halsey and Geraldine Monk, both widely respected for their ongoing contribution to writing and publishing. All four performers are connected to one another by publishing collaborations that extend across the Atlantic, and demonstrate the international context in which writers across the North of England are working today.

This free event will take place at 6pm on 07 June 2011, in the Tiled Hall at Leeds Art Gallery. Booking for the event is advised. For more information about the event, and to book your place, please visit http://www.otherroom.org.

To arrange an interview, or request publicity images, please contact:
Simon Zimmerman
Telephone: 07834 070 040
Email: sz@roomman.co.uk

The Other Room is a programme of events organised by James Davies, Tom Jenks and Scott Thurston at The Old Abbey Inn in Manchester. The Other Room presents work by ‘experimental’ writers from all over the world. McCaffery and Mac Cormack will both perform at The Old Abbey Inn on 08 June 2011.

Information as Material is a York-based independent publishing imprint and was established by artist Simon Morris in 2002. It continues to publish and exhibit work by artists and writers who, as their website explains: “reuse existing material – selecting it and re-framing it to generate new meanings – and who, in doing so, disrupt the order of things.” Information as Material is currently undertaking a year-long residency at one of London’s leading visual arts galleries, The Whitechapel.

Steve McCaffery – holder of the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo was born in Sheffield in 1947 and grew up in Barnsley before moving to Toronto in 1968, where he became a member of the legendary sound-poetry group The Four Horsemen.

Karen Mac Cormack was born in Zambia and holds dual Canadian and British citizenship. A key figure in Canadian poetry and a peer of the Language Poets, Mac Cormack’s ‘polybiography’ Implexures traces aspects of her English ancestry whilst opening up to the worlds of history and science.

Alan Halsey ran The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye from 1979 to 1997. He continues to work as a specialist bookseller in Sheffield and co-edits West House Books with Geraldine Monk. Halsey produces text-graphics as well as poetry and has published collaborative works with both Mac Cormack and McCaffery.

Geraldine Monk was born in Blackburn and has lived in Sheffield since 1984. During the seventies she lived in Leeds where she came into contact with the poet and painter Jeff Nuttall who admired and encouraged her work. The Salt Companion to Geraldine Monk, edited by Scott Thurston and with a foreword by Nuttall was published in 2007.

The event is supported by Leeds Art Gallery and funded by Art Council England, as part of ‘In a word…’, a regional programme that aims to stimulate support for people who approach writing in new and interesting ways that both respond to and challenge convention.

The event will include the UK premiere of McCaffery’s Sound-text environment Carnival Panel III.