Poets, Artists and Filmmakers


Adam Dickinson’s creative and scholarly writing has focused primarily on intersections between science and poetry as a way of exploring new ecocritical perspectives and alternative modes of poetic composition. His scholarly work has recently been included in the Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism and Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context. Forthcoming work includes a chapter in Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics. His poems have appeared in anthologies such as Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. He has published three books of poetry. His most recent book, The Polymers, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His next book, which involves chemical and microbial testing on his body, will be published in the fall of 2017. His work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, and Polish. He has been featured at prominent international literary festivals, such as Poetry International in Rotterdam, The Harbourfront International Festival of Authors in Toronto, and the Oslo International Poetry Festival in Norway. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, where he teaches poetics and creative writing.

TARLO, Harriet (Poet & Sheffield Hallam U, UK) & TUCKER, Judith (Visual Artist & U Leeds, UK): “Threadings, Bendings, Tanglings: Poetry, Painting and Place”

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-16-06-26Harriet Tarlo is a poet who is best known for her radical landscape poetry. Judith Tucker is an artist who is interested in memory, postmemory, notions of haunted archeology and deep mappings. Drawing on more than 20 years of individual creative work concerning landscape, place and environment they began collaborating in 2011, and through all the complexities of what is involved in working with painting and drawing in relation to poetry, and in conversation with theres-always-something-you-need-to-do-that-youve-never-done-beforeeach other, their work seeks to provide an enriched perspective of specific places. Their cross-disciplinary work has yielded a wide range of works in a diversity of forms including exhibitions, artists’ books and live readings with accompanying projections. They have produced a giant scroll of open form poems and images of paintings especially for the EASLCE/BASCE conference in Brussels 2016. This will be displayed in the publications room at the conference and will be fully revealed in the poetry reading/performance event on the Saturday night. They will also be talking about some of the ideas around this work in Panel 8 on Thursday 16.30-18.00pm. See www.projectfitties.com for more information on their latest project as well as further biographical details.

MARKWICK, Michael (Visual Artist, USA & Germany): “Discordant Harmonies and Imagined Wildness: A Painter’s Open Creative Space” 

Dark Culvert (2016) 180 x- 150 cm collage, pigment and binder on linen
Dark Culvert (2016)
180 x 150 cm
collage, pigment and binder on linen

Michael Markwicks’ works range from intimate, small-scale paintings and drawings to large-scale dynamic works, where contrasts of luminous color push against muted tones, creating tension-filled images with apocalyptic undercurrents and lyrical poetic play. Recent exhibitions have been in Vienna, Austria; Berlin, Germany; and Bloomington, IN, USA. His work resides in many private and corporate collections in North America, Asia, and the EU, including at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.

Markwick is frequently invited as a guest teacher and lecturer, most recently at various universities in the U.S., including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of South Carolina, and Indiana University Bloomington. Publications of his paintings have been included in Ecozona: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment “2013”, and in the catalog for the exhibition “Geist und Form: Ten Painters from Berlin.” and many others.

The lecture, Discordant Harmonies and Imagined Wildness: A Painter’s Open Creative Space” will take place Panel 8 on Thursday 16.30-18.00 pm. A selected portfolio of recent drawings will be on view Saturday in  room K.4.601 from 10.00 HRS to 18.30 HRS.

More info on the artist: michaelmarkwick.com


Screening of the Dutch Eco-Documentary “The New Wilderness: Big Nature in a Small Country” 

Director: Ignas van Schaik

The Milagro Man: The Irrepressible Multicultural Life and Literary Times of John Nichols

Director: Kurt Jacobsen
Producers: Kurt Jacobsen, Warren Leming

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