Coming Up: bill bissett performances and a workshop

Margaret Atwood said “bill bissett is my astral twin.”

In the Paris Review, Jack Kerouac said “I know who the great poets are…William Bissette of Vancouver. An Indian boy, Bill Bissett, or Bissonette”

bill bissett is one of our great poets and we are delighted to welcome him back to Parrsboro this October.

Join us on 16 and/ or 17 October 2019 for the maritime launch of bill bissett’s latest book from Talonbooks:

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Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia bissett is a poet, editor, painter and musician. He has been a leading figure not only on the West Coast cultural scene, but in Canadian culture nationally. He is an experimental, concrete and performance poet, reciting and chanting his own work. “Make no mistake about it”, wrote one Vancouver journalist, “bill bissett’s poetry is political. How much more subversive can you get?” He has been called a “precious and non-renewable cultural resource” and “a one-man civilization”.

Email fun@hmsnonesuch.com or call 514-979-3978 to register for the workshop.

For more information about the workshop, read below…

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Students should be familiar with bill bissett’s work prior to the visit. He recommends selections from seagull on yonge street or canada geese mate for life, or any poem(s) from his recent work. He begins each session with a chant and then reads from his most recent collection. His readings are broken into sections, allowing for questions from students. bissett explores with students the unorthodoxies of his own forms and orthonography, and his use of these expressions as a means of illustrating the very great freedom available to students in creative writing.

You can find out more about bissett and his work here http://www.billbissett.com and here https://canlit.ca/canlit_authors/bill-bissett/ and here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Bissett and here https://bcbookawards.ca/george-woodcock/winners/bill-bissett and many other places besides.


Main & Station

168 Main Street

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

B0M 1S0

fun@hmsnonesuch.com

514-979-3978