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Klara du Plessis

Klara du Plessis

I am an FRQSC-funded doctoral candidate, entering my final year of study. Broadly speaking, my research focuses on poetry reading curation. As case studies, I’m working with both the material and digitized archives of Montreal-based reading series featuring Canadian authors and literature, spanning the 1960s to the present: Sir George Williams “Reading Series” (1965 to 1974), and Vehicule Art Inc. (1972 to 1983), among others. As the founder and curator of Resonance Reading Series (2012-2018), 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. Since 2018, 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.

As a poet, I am an active participant in both Canadian and South African literary communities. My debut collection of multilingual long poems, Ekke, was released Spring 2018 and won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. A second collection, Hell Light Flesh, was released in Fall 2020. I have three books of poetry and literary criticism forthcoming.

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