Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries

Julia has an original essay published in Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2019), edited by Gregory Betts and Christian Bök.

“Words With(out) Syntax: Reconsidering Concrete Poetry: An Exhibition in Four Parts” critically contextualizes the 1969 Concrete Poetry exhibition, held at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery, organized by Michael Morris and curated by Alvin Balkind, in relation to debates around concrete poetry, conceptual art, and European and North American histories and theories of the avant-garde and its communities.  This object-oriented study of the art show’s catalogue (re)examines the exhibition’s role and position within the burgeoning Vancouver art scene of the late 1960s.