Kalamalka Press’ current writer-in-residence Moez Surani

Kal Press writer in residence to give workshop

Kalamalka Press’ current writer-in-residence Moez Surani is giving a found poetry literary workshop Saturday, Nov. 7.

Kalamalka Press’ current writer-in-residence Moez Surani is giving a found poetry literary workshop Saturday, Nov. 7.

Offered in partnership between Okanagan College and the Okanagan Regional Library,  the workshop is free and open to the public.

It takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. No registration is required.

Surani’s workshop will explore methods of writing inspired by the Dadaists, William S. Burroughs, and others.

An accomplished poet and performance artist, Surani has just been long-listed for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize (he is among 20 writers, including local poets Laisha Rosnau and Harold Rhenisch, who are also up for the prize) and is completing a one-month residency at the Caetani Cultural Centre.

Surani’s writing has been published internationally in Harper’s Magazine, The Walrus, Best Canadian Poetry 2013 and Best Canadian Poetry 2014. He has received the Antigonish Review’s Poetry Prize and a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which supported a five-month research stint to India and East Africa.

When his first collection of poetry, Reticent Bodies, was published, one critic assessed the book’s impact: “Reticent Bodies is that rare book that has the power to be a lynchpin, a hinge in the history of Canadian poetry.”

In 2012, Surani published a second collection, Floating Life, which was described as suffused with “stunning, simple images.”

He is currently working on his next book of poetry, عملية Operación Opération Operation 行动 Oперация, named after “operation” in each official United Nations language.

 

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