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Klara du Plessis

Klara du Plessis

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on poetry reading curation. As case studies, I’ll be working with both the material and digitized archives of three Montreal-based reading series featuring Canadian authors and literature, spanning the 1960s to the present: Sir George Williams “Reading Series” (1965 to 1974), Vehicule Art Inc. (1972 to 1983), and Resonance Reading Series (2012 to 2018). As the founder and curator of Resonance, I nurture a longstanding interest in poetry reading curation, and continue to experiment practically with the limits of the literary event, organizing intricately scripted “deep curation” readings across Canada.

Currently, I am an RA for and member of Dr. Jason Camlot’s SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb research team, an ongoing, expanding project that archives and investigates reading series. I am spending lots of time with the Vehicule Art Inc. archives, working toward a preliminary paper on anxiety of technological mediation.

As a poet, I am an active participant in both Canadian and South African literary communities. My debut collection of multilingual (predominantly English) long poems, Ekke, was released Spring 2018, and a second collection is scheduled for Fall 2020. I am currently writing my first book of Afrikaans poetry, and am the editor-in-chief of the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s online literary journal carte blanche.

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