Lunch Poems at SFU | Jeff Derksen and Stephanie Young
Teck Gallery in SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus 515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver, BC
Jeff Derksen was born in New Westminster, B.C. and studied writing in the innovative Writing Program at David Thompson University Centre in Nelson B.C. Along with a group of writers who were associated with DTUC, he helped found The Kootenay School of Writing. After moving from Vancouver and studying in Calgary and New York, he began to research both globalization and urbanism. Derksen's poetry edges with the contradictions and possibilities of lit win cities, and turns toward what Ernst Bloch called a "militant optimism."
Jeff Derksen’s poetry books include The Vestiges, Transnational Muscle Cars, Dwell, Until, and Down Time and his critical books are After Euphoria, Annihilated Time: Poetry and other Politics and How High Is the City, How Deep Is Our Love. He collaborates with Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber, in the collective Urban Subject, on visual art project on cities s: their bookworks include Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade, Momentarily: Learning from Mega-events, and The Possibilities Are. Derksen was a research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics (CUNY Graduate Center) and is a founding collective member of the Kootenay School of Writing. He works in the English Department of Simon Fraser University.
Stephanie Young lives in Oakland, California. Her most recent book is Ursula or University (2013), a social and personal history investigating the possibilities and limits of poetry communities alongside police violence, resistance, and protest. Her earlier collections of poetry include Telling the Future Off (2005) and Picture Palace (2008). She edited the anthology Bay Poetics (2006) and is a founding editor of Deep Oakland. With Juliana Spahr, she coedited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (2012), a collection of enactments investigating politics, feminism, and collaborative poetry practice that the pair performed between 2005 and 2007.