Lisa Robertson - University of Edinburgh: Visiting Writers Series

Part of the University of Edinburgh's Visiting Writers Series.

A rare reading in the UK by revered Canadian poet Lisa Robertson, author of many books of poetry, including her antagonistic and influential collection The Men (2006) and the agile prose essays of Nilling (2012).

She will be reading work from her new book, Three Summers (Coach House Books).

Canada's Lisa Robertson is known for subject matter includes political themes, such as gender and nation, as well as the problems of form and genre; she has written works that explore literary forms such as the pastoral, epic, and weather forecast. Her books of poetry include XEclogue (1993); Debbie: An Epic (1997), nominated for a Governor General’s Award; The Weather (2001); The Men (2006); and R’s Boat (2010). In 2005 she was awarded the PIP Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry in English. She holds no degrees and has no academic affiliation, and supports herself through free-lance writing on art, architecture, astrology, interior design, and food. She currently lives in France.

‘Robertson proves hard to explain but easy to enjoy. . . . Dauntlessly and resourcefully intellectual, Robertson can also be playful or blunt. . . . She wields language expertly, even beautifully.’—The New York Times

‘Robertson makes intellect seductive; only her poetry could turn swooning into a critical gesture.’— The Village Voice


19 January 2017 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Cl, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT



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