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Alexei Perry Cox, Aisha Sasha John read online for Oxygen Art Centre’s Author Reading Series

By Contributor
January 10th, 2022

Join Oxygen Art Centre on Wednesday the 26th of January at 7 p.m. PST for an online reading featuring poets Aisha Sasha John and Alexei Perry Cox.

The evening will open with readings from students in the Selkirk College creative writing program.

Alexei Perry Cox will read from her forthcoming collection, PLACE, arriving from Noemi Press in Virginia. In the words of Megan Fernandes, “Place begins from the psychology of ruin, as in, where do we go when the dust lifts and settlers remain, when countries are bombed and people displaced, when arbitrary boundaries have been locked into one’s statehood but not one’s imagination?

“She dives into the archive and uses transliteration, aphorism, and meta-critical thought experiments to construct her own epistemological groundwork.”

Aisha Sasha John will read from the second edition of her most recent chapbook, TO STAND AT THE PRECIPICE ALONE AND REPEAT WHAT IS WHISPERED, published by Ugly Duckling Presse in New York.

Written primarily over the course of four months in the fall of 2018, when the poet spent time in her native Vancouver. The chapbook sees John reckoning with narrative in the wake of returning to a place at once familiar and strange. Says John of the collection: “the other name for this work is DAUGHTERHOOD. What if instead of shaming your parents about their need to grow up, you went on ahead and did it yourself?

“Centrally I was confronted with growth as a function of daughterhood.”

Students from the Selkirk College creative writing program will include Andrew Wood and Gwen Higgins. Both will read from work developed in their coursework at Selkirk, and during their mentorship through Oxygen Art Centre with Susan Andrews Grace.

Attendees can register on Eventbrite through the following link.

Everyone is welcome to attend the 26 January 2022 Author Reading Series event at 7 p.m. PST featuring Aisha Sasha John and Alexei Perry Cox. To attend, register via the EventBrite link. More information available on Oxygen’s website, as well as recordings of previous events. Admission is free or by donation. The Author Reading Series is generously supported by Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.


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