Update: Thanks to Francisco Ricardo, a video of some of Christian’s Purple Blurb reading is now online.
The Spring 2012 Purple Blurb series comes to an end this week, not with a whimper, but with Christian Bök!
Thursday May 3
Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994),
a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial
Award, and of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of
experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for
Poetic Excellence. Bök has created artificial languages for two
television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter
Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso
performances of sound poetry (particularly the Ursonate by Kurt
Schwitters). His conceptual artworks (which include books built out of
Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks) have appeared at the Marianne Boesky
Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. Bök is
currently a Professor of English at the University of Calgary.
If you’re in the Boston area, and interested in radical play with language (why else would you have found this blog?) please come by.