John Massey, collage on paper, 10" by 8". Cover of Flower, Feb 1993.
John Massey, collage on paper, 10" by 8". Cover of Flower, Feb 1993.

Poetry Reading by Colin Smith

April 9, 2015 – 7pm to 8:30pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present a reading by poet Colin Smith as part of a series of talks, performances, workshops and readings related to the exhibit Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool), an exhibition of Canadian art magazines from the 1990s curated by Kegan McFadden.

Colin Smith describes himself as an “ex-spore of the Kootenay School of Writing” (KSW) – an influential Canadian collective of poets who came to international attention during the 1990s. He will read a selection of recent writing as well as work published during his time in Vancouver as part of the KSW. Smith’s reading, which explores firsthand cultural politics and avant-garde writing, can be seen as a critical engagement with Plug In ICA’s current exhibition. KSW’s politics and poetics figure prominently within Boo, one of five magazines featured in Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow (or, Brick is a Tool).

Colin Smith is a Winnipeg-based writer, the author of four books. The latest, Multiple Bippies, edited by Donato Mancini, is a reissue of out-of-print writings with a selection of “uncollected prose yapping about poetry.” Smith’s bibliography also includes: Multiple Poses (Vancouver: Tsunami Editions, 1997); 8x8x7 (San Francisco: Krupskaya Books, 2008); and Carbonated Bippies! (Vancouver: Nomados Literary Publishers, 2012).