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2022 Gustafson Trust Distinguished Poet Lecture at VIU

March 3, 2022 @ 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

A.F. Moritz is Victoria Island University’s Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2021-22. This residency includes a public poetry reading, a visit to the students in an advanced VIU creative writing seminar, and an annual public lecture, all of which take place between March 2nd and 3rd, 2022.

The lecture portion of this residency will take place at the Ralph Gustafson Lecture Theatre in the Arts and Sciences Building (Bldg. 355) on March 3 at 7:30 pm PST (10:30pm EST) at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus.

Moritz’s talk, entitled “Poetry: Present Future of the Past” will discuss the phenomenon of what writers choose to let live on the page. “For all my love of writing, reading, books, printed pages, I insist that poetry is in its sound,” writes Moritz. “Then what is the role of the preserved poem, the written poem, the poem perhaps written while it is being sung, bit by bit?” After recently publishing a collection of his selected works, Moritz has come to believe that all poems engage the mystery of what memories and feelings in us are chosen and developed, what is not just experienced but left for posterity.

Moritz will deliver this year’s Gustafson Lecture in person at the Ralph Gustafson Lecture Theatre in the Arts and Sciences Building (Bldg. 355, max 50 persons; proof of vaccination required) at 7:30 pm PST (10:30pm EST) . Prior to this event, On Wed March 2, Moritz will read from his work at the Innovation Room in the Windsor Plywood Trades Discovery Centre (Bldg. 108, Room 105, max 30 persons). Both events are open to the public and will be streamed.

Register for the Zoom online stream for both the reading and the lecture HERE.

To put your name on the list for in-person attendees for one or both events, please email Sonnet.lAbbe@viu.ca.

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