Event Info, Oddities Means and Ends

Oddities, Means and Ends

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The Odd Couple, the 13th Annual Concordia English Graduate Colloquium, presents Oddities, Means and Ends, hosted by Emcee Puns-a-lot/Churchmaster C.

Join us at Kafein for our featured readings in poetry and prose, including a reading by Poet Laureate of Toronto and The Odd Couple’s keynote speaker, George Elliott Clarke. We will also have readings from students from Concordia and other universities, including Rachel Burlock, Carousel Calvo, Caterina Incisa, Denise Leitão, Mona’a Malik, Jess Nicol, Natascha Simard, and Caitlyn Spencer.

The evening will close with an hour of open mic, so bring your best work in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and convoluted yet alliterative academic jargon! Open mic sign-up will be at the event. Attendance is free and open to all.

Readings begin at 8:30 sharp. Open mic begins at 10.

Reader bios:
George Elliott Clarke is Poet Laureate of Toronto, an accomplished writer and academic.

Rachel Burlock. Known aliases: Reliable Rachel, Mittens. MA student, burgeoning rapper, brownie bringer.

Carousel writes. She has no idea where she will be in 4 months.

Caterina Incisa, originally from England, mostly writes snide short shorts about ex-boyfriends.

Born in Brazil, Denise Marques Leitao has recently been abducted by motherhood.

Mona’a Malik is a student at Concordia University. She is from New Brunswick.

Jess Nicol lives in Calgary and has brown hair and a loud voice.

Natascha Simard was once a narcissistic teenage girl, now she is a poet.

C. Spencer glitter righteous anger whiskey fumbling eloquence Igpy kin YYC–>YUL red.

Oddities Means and Ends

Call for readers: Oddities, Means and Ends

The Odd Couple is seeking readers for our creative reading night, Oddities, Means and Ends, taking place on February 27 from 8-11 pm at Kafein (1429 Bishop).

We are accepting readings in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Those who read need not be those who wrote — want your piece read but want someone else to do the reading? Cool. wanna go 70s-style and swap key passages with another writer? Just so long as you two have fully negotiated consent beforehand, man.

To volunteer for our list of scheduled readings, please email concordiacolloquium@gmail.com with your name, the form you’re writing in (poetry/creative non-fiction/fiction), an estimate of how long your reading will be, and a 13-word bio by midnight on February 19th. Sets should be no shorter than five minutes long, and no longer than ten.

We will also have an open mic portion, with a sign-up sheet at the event.

Questions, concerns, and moral quandaries regarding sestinas should be sent to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com. For more information on the colloquium, visit concol.ca.

Call for Submissions

Deadline extended!

The deadline for the the 13th Annual Concordia Graduate English Colloquium: The Odd Couple has been extended to Friday, January 23! For full details, see the original Call for Papers here. Please note that we are especially eager to see creative and hybrid proposals, as this year we will be integrating creative and hybrid presentations into the colloquium itself for the first time.

Proposals should be submitted to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com by Friday, January 23 and should not exceed 300 words. Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Creative and hybrid proposals should address how the piece or pieces engage with the theme. Please note that creative presentations need not consist of 20 minutes of reading original work; writers are encouraged to spend part of their presentation time discussing their piece(s) in relation to the theme, from critical or other perspectives. All applicants are encouraged to submit a brief bio of 40-50 words for use in promotional materials. Further questions can be directed to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Call for Submissions

2015 Call for Submissions: The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

Harmony From Conflict | Conflict From Harmony

February 27 | February 28 | March 1 2015

Peanut butter and cyanide. Hamlet and Homer Simpson. Creativity and critical analysis. What interplay is there between these seemingly disparate couples? Whether it’s Shostakovich sampled in Fall Out Boy, cronuts and pierogi poutine, strippercize classes in suburban gyms, or special editions of The Communist Manifesto on sale at Chapters, binary relationships, false or otherwise, are everywhere in our personal and professional lives. Trickier still, our familiar binaries need not be strictly codified opposites, for fluid ideas about genre, form, and social class often destabilize attempts to codify. For Canadians in particular, binary logic is old hat; how have we ever defined ourselves, save careful enumeration of what we are not?

The 13th Annual Concordia University English Graduate Colloquium is calling for academic, creative, and hybrid submissions about odd couplings. While we are all familiar with binaries, this colloquium aims to deconstruct commonly recognized pairings, create new ones, and explore the process through which a thing comes to be understood, not simply by its shape, but also its shadow. Ideal submissions will address odd, yet productive, couplings emphasizing the connections and disjunctions between ideas, texts, and authors. What is to be found in the spaces between? What symbiotic and synergistic relationships begin to unravel as we tug on pre-existing threads? What strange maps emerge as we sew together new ones?

Key Words:

· Dream & Reality

· Writing from the Margins; Margin & Centre; Margin & Interior

· Invasion & Exploration

· Synthesis & Mutation; Synergy & Aberration

· The Interplay of Science & Art

· The Human & The Machine; Human as Machine

· Binary (Code) as Language

· Oppositional Structures; Form & Content; Competing Media

· Anarchy & Art

· Growth & Decay

· Medieval & Modern

· Intersectionality; Axes of Identity; (In)equalities

· Harmony & Conflict

· Creative & Critical

Proposals should be submitted to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com by midnight on Friday, January 23rd and should not exceed 300 words. Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Creative and hybrid proposals should address how the piece or pieces engage with the theme. Please note that creative presentations need not consist of 20 minutes of reading original work; writers are encouraged to spend part of their presentation time discussing their piece(s) in relation to the theme, from critical or other perspectives. All applicants are encouraged to submit a brief bio of 40-50 words for use in promotional materials. Further questions can be directed to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Call for Submissions

Call for Creative Submissions

Call for Submissions (Academic) are now over; however, we are hosting a SAGE Creative Reading Night on February 28, 2014 at Kafein. If you want to read your poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, musical, or comedy/drama sketch, please drop us an email. Please include a 50-word bio, a sample of your proposed project or previous work, and indicate the estimated duration of your presentation. We look forward to reading your creative submissions.