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Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alasdair Rees to read at Oxygen Author Series

Oxygen Art Centre’s Author Reading Series begins its Winter 2021/2022 season on Tuesday November 23rd at 7 p.m., with readings by Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alasdair Rees and student writer Kathleen Cauley. 

Join us on Zoom to participate in a reading by Tanya Lukin Linklater, who will be reading from Slow Scrape (2020), and Alasdair Rees who will be reading from Mon Ecologie (2021)

The evening will also feature a reading by student writer Kathleen Cauley from the Selkirk College Creative Writing Program. Cauley is a musician and librarian, and this reading will be her debut as a creative writer.

Slow Scrape is, in the words of Layli Long Soldier, “an expansive and undulating meditation on time, relations, origin and colonization." Lukin Linklater draws upon documentary poetics, concrete-based installations, event scores, and other texts composed in relation to performances written between 2011 and 2018. The book cites memory, Cree and Alutiiq languages, and embodiment as modes of relational being and knowledge.

The book unfolds a poetics of relation and action to counter the settler colonial violences of erasure, extraction, and dispossession. Slow Scrape can be read alongside Lukin Linklater’s practice as a visual artist and choreographer. Slow Scrape includes an introduction by Layli Long Soldier, as well as a dialogue between Lukin Linklater and editor Michael Nardone.

In Rees’s collection of poems, Mon Ecologie, the ecology in question is at once that of the internal self and that of the external world. Through an intermingling of physics and philosophy, the poet unravels layers of meaning, examining the processes of nature and the mundane realm of objects, tracing their transformations and mapping their locations.

Copies of Slow Scrape and Mon Ecologie can be ordered online in advance of the reading. Those interested in attending can register via Eventbrite through the link on Oxygen’s website and social media accounts.

Join us on Tuesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. on Zoom to participate in the first instalment of the Author Reading Series featuring Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alasdair Rees, and Kathleen Cauley. Admission is free or by donation. Register via EventBrite to attend.

Oxygen’s Author Reading Series is generously supported by Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.