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.