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.

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

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.