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Erín Moure Mentions The Unmemntioable

Date & Time:
March 19, 2014 | 8:30 pm

Erín Moure is a translator from French, Galician, Portuguese and Spanish, and the author of sixteen books of poetry. She has received the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the A. M. Klein Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Erín is the current Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Erín will switch campuses to read from her book The Unmemntioable. Erín comes to Calgary courtesy of the exchange program between the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and the Department of English at the U of A. Each year, these institutions host the other school’s writer-in-residence for free public events. The 7:30 p.m. reading in the Taylor Family Digital Library’s Gallery Hall will be free and open to the general public. A book signing will follow.

The Unmemntioable joins letters that should not be joined. There is, in this word, an act of force. Of devastation. The unmentionable is love, of course. But in Moure's poems, love is bound to a duty: to comprehend what it was that the immigrants would not speak of. Now they are dead; their children and grandchildren know but an anecdotal pastiche of Ukrainian history. On Saskatoon Mountain in Alberta where they settled, only the chatter of the leaves remains of their presence. What was not spoken is sealed over, unmemntioable. There is no one left to contact in the Old Country. Can the unmemntioable retain its silence, yet be eased into words? Can experience still be spoken?

Find out on March 19.

For the Facebook event, click here.
To learn more about Erín Moure and the University of Alberta's writer-in-residence position, click here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary