Open Word: Readings and Ideas featuring Ken Belford
Open Word: Readings and Ideas is pleased to present readings of new work by poet Ken Belford. The literary series Open Word: Readings and Ideas is co-sponsored by Open Space and the Writing Department of the University of Victoria.
Ken Belford will read on Tuesday evening, April 7 at 7:30pm at Open Space, 510 Fort Street. Following the reading, Donna Kane will interview Belford.
Ken Belford is the author of six books of poetry including lan(d)guage (Caitlin Press 2008), and when snakes awaken (Nomados 2007). A proponent of what he has termed lan(d)guage, Belford assembles his intellectually independent sequences out of the shifting language of the BC interior, writing out a type of poetic pidgin by mixing language markers of the modern west coast with an older contact lingo of the lands beyond the edge of the farmers and rancher’s field. Self educated, Belford has lived in the roadless mountains of the headwaters of the Nass River for half his life. Neither his body nor his text have been colonized. Instead, he adapts language and ideas, making a writing with a governance and order of his own. Lan(d)guage is his sixth book. He will be reading from lan(d)guage and a new manuscript, decompositions, to be published by Talon.