Monday, January 22, 2007

White House Poetry Revival Wed 24th Jan 2007


White House Poetry Revival
Wed 24th Jan 2007 9.00pm

This weeks special guest poet is Todd Swift.

Born in Montreal in 1966 Swift has lived in Budapest and Paris, and is now based in London (UK). He took an MA in Creative Writing at the University Of East Anglia (UEA) where his tutors were Denise Riley and George Szirtes. He lectures part-time in English and Creative Writing at Kingston University and is a Core Tutor with The Poetry School. He has been the Oxfam GB Poet in Residence (a position he developed with Arts Council England) since 2004 and hosts the Oxfam Poetry Series. His poetry has appeared widely in publications such as The Guardian, Jacket, New American Writing, Poetry Review, The Shop and Vallum. His reviews have appeared in Books in Canada, The Globe and Mail and Poetry London, among others. His poetry appears in the major anthologies Open Field (Persea, 2005) edited by Sina Queyras and The New Canon (Véhicule, 2005) edited by Carmine Starnino. His poetry collections, all from DC Books, Montreal, are Budavox (1999), Café Alibi
(2002) and Rue du Regard (2004). With composer Tom Walsh he created the CD Swifty Lazarus: The Envelope, Please (Wired On Words, 2002). He is the editor of numerous poetry anthologies, including 100 Poets Against The War (Salt, 2003) and the audio CD Life Lines: Poets for Oxfam. He is poetry editor of online magazine nth position. He is co-editor (with Jason Camlot) of Language Acts (Véhicule), the first study of Anglo-Quebec poetry in 40
years, to be launched April 2007. He is currently editing The Carcanet Book of 20th Canadian Verse.

And don't forget Todd will be reading Thursday 24th in Galway as
Over The Edge celebrates its fourth birthday.

The first Over The Edge: Open Reading of 2007 takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, January 25th, 6.30-8pm.The Featured Readers are Elaine Feeney, Mary Mullen & Todd Swift. The reading is a special occasion for co-organisers, Susan Millar DuMars and Kevin Higgins, as it is the fourth anniversary of the series, which began in January 2003.
The White House Poets acknowledge the support of:


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