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|Chris is a writer, videographer, and arts educator living in Vancouver, Canada. He is the Managing Director of the Verses Festival of Words, running this year from April 5-12, 2014. Chris is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Poetry House and founder of the East Van Poetry Salon. He wants the world to celebrate the transformative power of words at the Verses Festival, which presents the Canadian Indie Poetry Slam Championships April 10-12, 2014.
“For a white guy, he’s actually pretty cool.”
What’s on your nightstand right now?
Impure, Reinventing of the word: The theory, practice, and oral history of spoken word in Montreal. It’s a collection of interviews organized according to topic by Victoria Stanton and Vincent Tinguely. I’m interested in the theory of spoken word, or oral literature, as it is often called in Quebec. How is it different from the written word, from theatre? What makes orature distinct from literature and what similarities do they share? It provides multiple perspectives on each question. Spoken word is the fastest-growing art form in Canada. This book is the best resource for understanding why that’s happening. Local poets, and especially spoken word artists, need more opportunities to discuss poetics in a critical but non-pretentious way. That’s what’s achieved in this book. It’s also why Julie Peters and I founded the East Van Poetry Salon.