Please join us in the gallery for readings by Lisa Robertson and Christine Stewart.


It will be a reunion for the two poets who are long-time friends and who have worked together for many years, dating back to the early 1990s, when, together with poet Catriona Strang, they named themselves the Giantesses, started the Barscheit Nation, and published Barscheit, a poetry magazine.


Robertson will be reading from her forthcoming book 3 Summers, which will be published in October 2016 by Coach House books. Stewart will read from Treaty 6 Deixis, a text that considers the deictic and a poetics of Treaty Six.


Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet based in France. She formerly lived in Vancouver and was a member of the Kootenay School of Writing. Robertson has held residencies and visiting positions at Cambridge University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, American University of Paris and the California College of the Arts and The Warburg Institute in London. Robertson’s books of poetry include XEclogue (1993); Debbie: An Epic (1997), nominated for a Governor General’s Award; The Weather (2001), which Robertson wrote during her Judith E. Wilson fellowship at Cambridge University; The Men (2006); Magenta Soul Whip (2009) and R’s Boat (2010). Her architectural essays are collected in Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (revised ed. 2010), she published a work of prose essays, Nilling (2012), and an essayistic poem in her book Cinema of the Present (2014).


Christine Stewart is a Canadian Poet based in Edmonton and Vancouver. She is a founding member of the Writing Revolution in Place Research Collective (WRIP) and teaches experimental poetry and poetics and Indigenous literature and writing at the University of Alberta. Her publications include from Taxonomy (West House Books, 2003), Pessoa’s July: or the months of astonishments (Nomados Press, 2006), The Trees of Periphery (above/ground press, 2007), “Propositions from Under Mill Creek Bridge” in Sustaining the West (2015), “On Treaty Six from Under Mill Creek Bridge” in Toward. Some. Air. (2015), “This—from Treaty Six” in Dusie (2015) and The Odes (Nomados Press, 2015).


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Lisa Robertson and Christine Stewart