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23 November 2021 @ 7:00 PM PST (Zoom)

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Tanya Lukin Linklater
Alasdair Rees

+ Kathleen Cauley

Oxygen Art Centre’s Author Reading Series begins its Winter 2021/2022 season on Tuesday November 23rd at 7:00 PM PST, with readings by Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alasdair Rees and student writer Kathleen Cauley. 

Join us on Zoomto participate in a reading by Tanya Lukin Linklater, who will be reading from Slow Scrape (2020), and Alasdair Rees who will be reading from Mon Ecologie (2021).

The evening will also feature a reading by student writer Kathleen Cauley from the Selkirk College Creative Writing Program. Cauley is a musician and librarian, and this reading will be her debut as a creative writer.

Slow Scrape is, in the words of Layli Long Soldier, “an expansive and undulating meditation on time, relations, origin and colonization.” Lukin Linklater draws upon documentary poetics, concrete-based installations, event scores, and other texts composed in relation to performances written between 2011 and 2018. The book cites memory, Cree and Alutiiq languages, and embodiment as modes of relational being and knowledge.

The book unfolds a poetics of relation and action to counter the settler colonial violences of erasure, extraction, and dispossession. Slow Scrape can be read alongside Lukin Linklater’s practice as a visual artist and choreographer. Slow Scrape includes an introduction by Layli Long Soldier, as well as a dialogue between Lukin Linklater and editor Michael Nardone.

In Rees’s collection of poems, Mon Ecologie, the ecology in question is at once that of the internal self and that of the external world. Through an intermingling of physics and philosophy, the poet unravels layers of meaning, examining the processes of nature and the mundane realm of objects, tracing their transformations and mapping their locations.

Copies of Slow Scrape and Mon Ecologie can be ordered online in advance of the reading. Those interested in attending can register via Eventbrite through the link on Oxygen’s website and social media accounts.

Join us on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 PM PST on Zoom to participate in the first instalment of the Author Reading Series featuring Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alasdair Rees, and Kathleen Cauley. Admission is free or by donation. Register via EventBrite to attend.

Oxygen’s Author Reading Series is generously supported by Columbia Kootenay Cultural Allian

About the Authors

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings centre histories of Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands, and structures of sustenance. Her performances in relation to objects in exhibition, scores, and ancestral belongings generate what she has come to call felt structures. She investigates insistence in both concept and application. 

Her work has been shown at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, EFA Project Space + Performa, Art Gallery of Ontario, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Remai Modern, Art Gallery of Alberta, Winnipeg Art Gallery, La Biennale de Montréal, and elsewhere. She will participate in Soft Water Hard Stone, the 2021 New Museum Triennial. Her presentation of current and new works for the BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2020, Our Bodies, Our Archives, in London was cancelled due to the worldwide pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. As a member of Wood Land School, she participated in Under the Mango Tree – Sites of Learning, a gathering for documenta14 in Athens and Kassel. Tanya Lukin Linklater is represented by Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. 

Tanya has worked alongside dancers, Ceinwen Gobert, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Emily Law, and Danah Rosales, among others. In recent years she has worked in relation to composer and amplified violinist, Laura Ortman, curators, Eungie Joo, Candice Hopkins and Jovanna Venegas, artist, Duane Linklater, and artist/curator/architect, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. 

Her first collection of poetry, Slow Scrape, was published in the Documents series by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism, Montréal in 2020 with a second printing in 2021. Slow Scrape is, in the words of Layli Long Soldier, “an expansive and undulating meditation on time, relations, origin and colonization.” Slow Scrape can be read alongside Lukin Linklater’s practice as a visual artist and choreographer. She has also published in periodicals and publications by galleries. 

Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours). In 2018 Tanya was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Wanda Koop Research Fund administered by Canadian Art. In 2019 she received the Art Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. In 2021 Tanya received the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for Visual Art and was long listed for the Sobey Art Award. She is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University with supervision by Dylan Robinson. Her Alutiiq homelands are in southwestern Alaska where much of her family continues to live. She is a member of the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in the Kodiak archipelago.

Alasdair Rees is a Fransaskois writer living on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon where he teaches French at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2019 he was chosen to become Saskatchewan’s first Youth Poet Laureate. A former Poetry Editor of Grain Magazine, Alasdair has been published by Ancrages, GUTS magazine, Moebius, and Metatron Press. Recent work was longlisted for Prism Magazine’s Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. His first book, Mon écologie, appeared last June with Les éditions du blé. Alasdair is currently developing a new suite of performance work to be presented in the spring of 2022 at Saskatoon’s Remai Modern in the context of the gallery’s Sustained Artist Project.

Kathleen Cauley is a librarian and musician. Before moving to BC she was an active member playing violin in the Ottawa based band Loon Choir touring the country, playing festivals and receiving rotation on the CBC. Kathleen hosts the radio program “Big Shiny Turns” on the Kootenay Co-Op Radio. She is currently studying creative writing at Selkirk College. This is her first foray into creative writing.

Image Credit: Tanya Lukin Linklater, photo by Liz Lott / Alasdair Rees, photo by Carey Shaw