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Poetry Anthologies (multiple Authors)

Writing Class

The Kootenay School of Writing Anthology

edited by Andrew Klobucar & Michael Barnholden

New Star Books
Initial publish date
Jan 1999
Anthologies (multiple authors)
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    Jan 1999
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Since the mid 1980s, the Kootenay School of Writing, a writer–run centre in Vancouver, has been the site of some of the most innovative poetry coming out of North America. Leaving behind conventional ideas about syntax and lyricism, the KSW poets have produced a body of work that is jarring, troubling, provocative, funny, and beautiful.

In their introduction to this sampling from the work of fourteen writers, Andrew Klobucar and Michael Barnholden describe the historical and aesthetic environment which produced the Kootenay School of Writing, and in doing so demystify a poetry that many regard as "difficult." Writing Class is a fascinating introduction to the most vital poetry being written today.

About the authors

Andrew Klobucar teaches in the English department at the University of British Columbia. Longtime Kootenay School of Writing collective member Michael Barnholden is the author of Gabriel Dumont Speaks and On the Ropes and managing editor of West Coast Line.

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Michael Barnholden
Michael Barnholden holds a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Sciences from Simon Fraser University, and is associate director of Humanities 101 at the University of British Columbia. A member of the board of the Kootenay School of Writing, managing editor of the literary magazine West Coast LINE, Barnholden is the author of several books of poetry and non-fiction, including Reading the Riot Act (Anvil Press, 2005) and Circumstances Alter Photographs (Talonbooks 2009).

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