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"Skye or Miranda or Verandah": Variations on Kevin Connolly's 'Plenty' at TINARS

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"Skye or Miranda or Verandah": Variations on Kevin Connolly's 'Plenty' at TINARS

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 8:00pm


Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON


This Is Not A Reading Series joins forces with The Scream Literary Festival to present


Is original authorship possible? Does true art only exist in the act of interpretation? At what point does homage become theft? To shed some light on such aesthetic conundrums, Kevin Connolly offers up his poem "Plenty" for plunder and plagiarism by artists from a variety of disciplines. From Connolly's acclaimed new collection, Revolver (House Of Anansi Press), "Plenty" will be the main source of ideas, inspiration, letters, words, sounds and images for the artists – and for the audience.

"Plenty": a reading by Kevin Connolly
"Plenty": a new play by Conor Green
"Plenty": a new visual art piece by Olia Mishchenko
"Plenty": a new song by NQ Arbuckle
"Plenty": a new film by Tamara Romanchuk

All followed by a music set from NQ Arbuckle. — A Scream Literary Festival event co-presented by This is Not a Reading Series, Pages Books & Magazines, and EYE WEEKLY

Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St West, Toronto
Wed July 9; 8:00 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) PWYC $5 suggested

Copies of Revolver will be for sale at the event.

Revolver is the highly anticipated follow-up to Kevin Connolly's award-winning poetry collection drift. Connolly masterfully combines explosive imagery with an almost clinically precise approach to technique. Each of the poems in this extraordinary collection is written in a different vocal register -- "revolving" through a choir of poetic voices. Revolver reminds us that Connolly is one of the few poets in Canada who can make a literary high wire act both thrilling and meaningful.

Kvin Connolly's drift (Anansi, 2005) won the 2006 Trillium Award for poetry. His previous poetry collections include Happyland (ECW 2002) and Asphalt Cigar (Coach House, 1995), which was nominated for the 1996 Gerald Lampert Award. He was founding editor of the influential 1980s literary magazine What!. Connolly lives in Toronto, where he works as an editor and arts journalist.

NQ Arbuckle is a widely celebrated Canadian alt-country band, consisting of Neville Quinlan (the eponymous "NQ"), Mark Kesper, Peter Kesper, and John Dinsmore. The band just released their third album, XOX (Six Shooter Records).

Conor Green is a Toronto-based actor and writer. His musical comedy group, Calcu-Lator and the Oral Presentation, were nominated for the prestigious Tim Sims Award in 2003.

Olia Mishenko is an artist in Toronto. Mischenko recently had a solo exhibition at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, and contributed to such group shows as makingROOM.

Tamara Romanchuk is a Toronto-based filmmaker with extensive video production and editing experience. Romanchuk's selected credits include: Zero Degrees of Separation (2005) Associate Producer; Aerobia! (2006) Producer; XVI International AIDS Conference (2006).


Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

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