Poetry is the birthplace of the modern artist’s book. With its upcoming program, Page Not Found pays tribute to the interplay between visual arts, poetry and publishing by inviting poets and artists to share their work alike. This evening, organised in collaboration with KABK Master Artistic Research, will see acclaimed poet Lisa Robertson read from her prolific oeuvre. Robertson’s poetry is known for its subversive engagement with the classical traditions of Western poetry and philosophy, combining avant-garde techniques with classical poetic concerns and traditional literary touchstones while eschewing both conventional poetic forms and lyrical directness in favour of an elliptical and philosophical approach.
Lisa Robertson (born July 22, 1961) is a Canadian poet, essayist and translator. Robertson studied at Simon Fraser University (1984–1988) before becoming an independent bookseller (1988–1994). Since 1995 she has been a freelance writer and teacher. Her many essays on the contemporary visual arts, published in gallery and museum catalogues since the mid-1990s, are collected in her 2003 book Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. In 2006, Robertson was a judge of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Holloway poet-in-residence at UC Berkeley. From 2007 to 2010 she taught at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In Fall 2010 she was writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In Spring 2014 she was the Bain Swigget lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University. In 2018 she received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts C.D. Wright Award. Her first novel, The Baudelaire Fractal, will be published by Coach House Books in 2020.