Poet Jordan Abel to speak during Feb. 13 Canadian Writers in Person lecture

A book is fanned open
A book is fanned open

An upcoming presentation of the Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series, organized by York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LAPS), will feature poet Jordan Abel on Feb. 13.

The annual series is free and open to the public. It takes place from 7 to 10pm in 206 Accolade West Building.

Abel is a Nisga’a writer with a focus on poetry and creative works. He is the author of several books of poetry, including his most recent work Injun. Abel is also the author of Un/inhabited and The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award).

Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring) and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword).

He is currently pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University, where his research focuses on the intersection between digital humanities and Indigenous literary studies.

Injun is Abel’s third collection, and it investigates racism and the representation of Indigenous peoples.

The book contains a long poem, and features additional material that helps the reader to replicate, intuitively, some of the conceptual processes that went into composing the poem.

For more information, visit the event website.