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Poetry, Politics, and Embodiment

2021 Online Literary Arts Program

This residency offers space to think, talk, and write about poetry and about the I and we of poems; about confronting inheritance and tradition with the concomitant aims of justice and revolution for the marginalized.

Emphasis will be placed on witness and testimony—with considerations for safety for speakers of difficult truths—as well as politics and cultural criticism as key modalities of today’s poetic impulse. Through faculty talks, online discussions, and one-on-one consultations, residents will concentrate on the writing of poems and the theoretical, embodied, and experiential foundations which make writing possible in the first place.

This seven-day online residency provides thematic teaching from faculty members, Q&A sessions, and one-on-one workshopping.

Instructors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing across genre.

Who Should Apply?

Poets who are exploring themes of self and subjectivity in their writing are encouraged to apply. This program is an ideal fit for poets who are exploring identity; the grammar of identity, gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability; the self and the collective; the poetry of the body; poetry as protest and activism against colonialism and the carceral state.

This program welcomes applications from all backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions.

Please note that this program only accepts projects that are being written in English.

Application Deadline: September 8, 2021
Program Dates: October 16 – 22, 2021

For more information and to apply, visit banffcentre.ca.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee: $251.65+GST
Program Fee with Financial Aid*: $0+GST
*Financial aid of 100% of the program fee is available for this program.
Application Fee: $25

Please note that as of 1st September, our application fee will revert to the pre-pandemic level of $65. Applications received on or before August 31, 2021, will be charged at $25.

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the office of the registrar at literaryartsadmissions@banffcentre.ca.

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