The second event in the “Performing the Spoken Word Archive” series. The event was held Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. It featured readings by poets Daphne Marlatt and Diane Wakoski. Marlatt, a member of the Order of Canada and winner of the Dorothy Livesay prize in poetry for The Given. She has written close to thirty books. Diane Wakoski was a Distinguished Professor and Poet in Residence at Michigan State University from 1975 – 2012. Her work has been published in more than 25 collections, including most notably The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems in 1972 from Simon & Schuster and a book of selected poems, Emerald Ice, published in 1989, which won The William Carlos Williams prize from the Poetry Society of America.
As a live SpokenWeb event this reading explores how an archive can re-enter public space and become performance. In this event the authors will “read alongside their past selves”–that is, selections of archival audio recorded during the Sir George Williams University Poetry Reading Series (1966-1974). The event also features listening stations from the SpokenWeb Oral History project where audience members can listen to past interviews conducted by the team. Furthermore, there is an onsite memory clinic where audience members are invited to enter a private booth to record their experiences with the event or performed poetry more generally.