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Poetry, Politics, and Embodiment | Literary Arts Thematic

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If, as is understood by the faculty, much of the anxiety about contemporary poetry can be described as an identity crisis — if it is a struggle between the old and the new cast as one having to do with voice, theme, and tradition — then who can inherit the future of poetry is cut along gendered and racialized lines.

We begin from the supposition that poetry is a radical refutation of the world-as-it-is, and as such, is and has been the province of minoritized peoples.

We will spend two weeks thinking together about poetry as a vehicle of liberation and protest; about subjectivity and embodiment as poetry’s context; and about how race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability pressurize aesthetic categories.

What does the program offer?

This residency offers space to think, theorize, and write about the grammatical; about the "I" and "we" of poems; about breaking from inheritance and tradition in the name of justice, revenge, and revolution for the marginalized. Emphasis will be placed on witness and testimony as well as politics and cultural criticism as key modalities of today’s poetic impulse. 

We will concentrate as much on the writing of poems as the theoretical foundation that makes the writing possible in the first place. Think Dionne Brand’s left-handed pages in The Blue Clerk. Think the statues of the architects of colonialism doused in red paint. Think of a poetry reading on the rez where everyone is a poet and nothing feeds into the engines of publicity.

Who should apply? 

Poets who are exploring themes of self and subjectivity in their writing are encouraged to apply. This program is an ideal fit for poets who are exploring identity; the grammar of identity, gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability; the individual and collective; contemporary poetry; poetry as protest and activism; and the effects of state-sanctioned oppression on art. 

Accepted applicants will receive a reading list in advance of the program and may be asked to submit a sample of pages/poems from their works in progress. These details will be shared with accepted applicants shortly after the adjudication and confirmation process has been completed.  

Application Deadline: January 08, 2020
Dates: April 06 - April 18, 2020

Financial Aid up to approximately 50% is available for this program. 

Deadline: 
01/08/2020
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Winter Writers Retreat 2020 | Literary Arts

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Dates: January 20 - February 01, 2020

Overview

The Winter Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

What does the program offer?

This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community around you. Writing circles, formal and informal lectures, and opportunities to workshop your project will be provided. Take advantage of Banff National Park's natural environment and ignite your senses by signing up for various hikes and day trips offered through our Participant Resources department.

Participants can request to extend their say for an additional week, from February 2 - 8, 2020 (additional room and meal fees will apply). Mentorship will not be offered during extended stays. 

Who should apply? 

Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated time to work on a project in any genre.

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

What's Included

  • Single Room
  • Regular Meal Plan
  • Showcase Your Work
  • Gym Membership
  • Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives
  • Box Office Discounts
  • Participant Resources

Fees & Financial Assistance

  • Program Fee: Two-Week Option: $1 729.68+GST
  • Program Fee: Three-Week Option: $2 610.98 +GST

Application fee: $65

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre! View a compiled list of external national and international opportunities here.

Funding from Banff Centre is not available for this program.

Deadline: 
10/09/2019
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Call for submissions | Archives Practicum

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The Archives Practicum program is designed for new archivists with an interest in artistic, multimedia, and/or corporate records. This hands-on experience allows new professionals to gain skills and learn from Banff Centre’s Archivist. The Archivist will mentor the participant in an area of interest such as digitization and digital archiving, arrangement and description, records management, or reference and outreach. The participant will also receive a general overview of the activities of an Archives and Records Management Centre, with introductions to all key aspects of archival practice.

What does the program offer?

This program offers an introduction to archival practice, and particularly one with large artistic, multimedia, and digital holdings. Practical experience may involve accessioning and describing records (which may be artistic and/or administrative in nature), or identifying and implementing best practices regarding preservation and digitization of audio-visual materials. These projects will provide practical experience in the main areas of the archival profession. 

Learning opportunities may also arise through attendance at lectures, workshops, and events related to arts programming at Banff Centre. Participants will also have the opportunity to focus on and conduct personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives and project proposal.

Who should apply?

Practicum placements are appropriate for recent graduates of Master of Archival Studies (MAS) programs or Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs, with an interest in archival work. Summer placements for students who have finished at least one year in a MAS/MLIS program will also be considered.

This is an opportunity for a new professional to gain experience and expand and develop their career and capabilities. The program requires a full-time commitment.

Dates: May 06 - November 01, 2019

Deadline: 
03/06/2019
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Call for submissions | Library Practicum

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Program Overview

The Library Practicum program is designed for new library professionals with a background in the arts. This hands-on experience allows individuals an opportunity to work with the Librarian to receive direct mentorship on collection management, cataloging, outreach and liansonship, public program development, and public service. Participants will receive a general overview of the activities of the library with introductions to all aspects of the library.

What does the program offer?

This role complements studies in outreach and embedded librarianship and will primarily focus on the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives' music collection (primarily recordings and scores). Practical experience includes the cataloguing and assessment of items in that collection and providing reference and library support services for music residencies and programs at Banff Centre.

Learning opportunities will arise through attendance at lectures, workshops, and events related to arts programming at Banff Centre. Benefits to participants include enhanced practical librarianship skills, as well as opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving, and learning from an experienced library team. Participants will also have the opportunity to do personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives and project proposal.

Who should apply?

Practicum placements are appropriate for recent graduates of Master in Library and Information Science programs who also possess a degree or have experience in the arts and an interest in artists’ books, cataloguing, and public program development. This is an opportunity for a new professional to gain experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. This program requires a full-time commitment.

Dates: May 06 - November 01, 2019

Deadline: 
03/06/2019
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Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) | Literary Arts

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The Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) offers student, emerging, and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project. Participants will work in a trilingual environment with consulting translators and peers, resulting in a mutually beneficial learning experience.

Participants will work individually and as a group with a faculty of accomplished translators of French, English, and Spanish. Participants will also have an opportunity to consult with the author whose work they are translating.

What does the program offer?

The BILTC program offers individual work sessions with consulting translators and the program director. Accepted translators can expect to present their work-in-progress at round table sessions held three times a week and moderated by the program director and guest faculty. The round table sessions will include a broader group discussion of issues and challenges faced in the practice of literary translation.

A guest publisher will share experiences on translation in an informal talk, and translators will have the opportunity to read from their works-in-progress at an open reading event. Readings and presentations of experiences related to writing and translating may be shared at additional informal sessions. 

Who should apply?

BILTC welcomes applications from translators at various career stages including student, emerging, and professional translators. Participants seeking time to focus on a current literary project and an opportunity to connect with literary translators from around the world will benefit greatly from this program.

All applicants must be translators from the Americas translating literature from anywhere in the world, or translators from anywhere in the world translating literature from the Americas.

Eligible projects include translations of works of fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, children’s literature, oral tradition, and drama. We especially welcome projects involving Indigenous languages of the Americas. Translator applicants’ program applications should be filled out in the same language that they plan to translate work into.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2019

Date: June 03 - June 22, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Spoken Word | Literary Arts

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Banff Centre’s Spoken Word program is the first of its kind, offering an unrivalled setting for artists to explore and develop their voices and career paths. 

This intensive residency provides space to write and time to develop strong performance dynamics. Participants will benefit from mentoring, performance opportunities, studio recording time, access to special events, and engagement with a vibrant network of international artists – all amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies.

World-class faculty present challenging workshops on topics from the spoken word tradition such as history, composition, performance, multimedia, production, business, musicality, orality, sound, spirit, language, body, and theatre. 

What does the program offer?

The two-week program offers dedicated time to develop a specific project with guidance from faculty mentors, as well as a place to connect with other artists in the field of spoken word. 

Daily workshops explore a vast array of topics from writing techniques and elocution to project funding and tours. One-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers supports project development and long table discussions address current topics in spoken word. 

Each participant works from a private studio hut nestled in the forest and has access to writing and audio equipment. In addition, there is the option to work closely with an audio engineer on studio basics and individual recording leading to a takeaway demo. There are also opportunities for performance practice, peer feedback, open mic, and a final public performance at Banff Centre. 

The most powerful benefits of this residency are the networking and profound camaraderie that emerge among the artists, as well as the instilled confidence that can lead to a higher level of professionalism in the arts.

Who should apply? 

The program is open to emerging, mid-career, and established spoken word artists seeking a professional and artistic development opportunity to take their creation, production, and performance skills to the next level.  

We welcome applications from artists working in any form of performative writing including poetry, storytelling, theatre, hip hop, dub, or interdisciplinary work. Please submit your most accomplished print, audio, and video support material; it does not need to relate to your project proposal. Applications from artists working in English, French, or other languages are welcome.

Application Deadline: January 09, 2019

Date : April 01 - April 13, 2019

Deadline: 
01/09/2019
Fee Detail: 
65
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