Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Problem. Place. Technique.

From this spot:

The Kootenay School of Writing is a response to the failure of most public institutions to serve their artistic communities. It stands in opposition too the concept of ‘cultural industry’ in its recognition that theory, practice, and teaching of writing is best left to working writers. To this end, the School represents a new hybrid: a form of parallel gallery and centre of scholarship, open to the needs of its own constituency and alert to the possibilities of all disciplines that involve language. The Kootenay School of Writing welcomes both beginning and established artists in all disciplines to share in its programs as both participants and observers. Please let us know what you’d like to see and hear.

In the 1990s the KSW's focus shifted away from professional writing courses in favour of the reading series, talks and occasional workshops. At the beginning of the 21st century, KSW opened the Charles Watts Memorial library and resource centre on Hamilton Street in Vancouver and commenced publication of a new magazine, W. Today, the KSW continues to function as a "Writer-Run Centre", the sole institutional analogy to the government-sponsored Artist-Run Centres that have been at the heart of contemporary arts production in Canada since the 1970s.

Note: they spell "center" "centre" because they are Canadians.

I am trying to figure out why Lisa Robertson writes what she writes. (It's not working.) She came from, in part, the above school. That is the reason I found what I found. Why I posted what I found is because I don't know what else to post.

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