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Writer in residence: Lisa Robertson

October 21, 2010

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Canadian poet and author Lisa Robertson (above) is the Ellen and Warren Tallman writer-in-residence for the fall of 2010. Robertson’s books of poetry include The Apothecary, XEclogue, Debbie: An Epic, and The Weather. She also wrote Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture, a linked series of essays on cities, architecture and ornament.

Her work is described by wikipedia.com as “a deep questioning of language, history and gender that can help a reader to feel the world as constructed by words in new ways, sometimes uncomfortable, often beautiful, often ugly.”

Robertson also served as co-editor of the literary journal Raddle Moon and poetry editor of Front Mag in Vancouver.

She has taught creative writing at institutions including the University of California at San Diego, Naropa University, Capilano University, Dartington College of Art (UK), Cambridge, the Kootenay School of Writing and, most recently, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Sound recordings: writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Robertson.html

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