Art POP, POP Symposium and EXPOZINE present the 4th edition of POP Reads, an evening of readings presenting the work of French and English Montreal publishers, as part of POP Montreal 2021, on Saturday, September 25 at the Rialto theatre, as well as live via webstream here at 6 p.m.
Montreal has the privilege of enjoying a vibrant and bilingual literary scene. We are proud to present dynamic and diverse voices read texts published in both official languages. With poetry readings by Catherine Jeanne-D’Arc, Nicolas Jodoin, Sarah Bertrand-Savard, Michelle Lapierre-Dallaire, Carolyn Marie Souaid, Endre Farkas, Mirabel and Bryan Sentes.
This event is made possible in part thanks to the support of the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Nicolas is the MC of the Bistro Ouvert for several years now. DÉCHARGE is a tribute to those who stirred his heart and his guts. It is a work strewn with references to the writings, films and songs that accompanied it until the writing of this collection. It is also a tribute to his friends, his exes and the past that unites them.
Guédailles, it’s three friends. One pregnant woman from a non-consenting experience, another in an abusive relationship and the last one in an eternal and desperate search for love. Three assaults. Sexual, verbal, and physical. Through the story of their solidarity undermined by internal wars, these women will stand up. Denouncing abusive men, lovers, sometimes both.
Born in 1982 in the Lanaudière region, Sarah Bertrand-Savard lives in Sherbrooke. After studying literature and visual arts, she now devotes herself to teaching literature, arts and culture at college and university. Les forces vitales is her first book.
Michelle Lapierre was born in 1993 and lives in Gatineau. Y avait-i des limites … is her first book. In this uncompromising autofiction, Michelle Lapierre-Dallaire delivers incisive and lucid testimony on mental illness, sexual and family violence, romantic relationships, and misogyny.
Carolyn Marie Souaid is the author of eight poetry books and an award-winning novel. She has performed at festivals and literary events in Canada and abroad, and her work has been featured on CBC Radio and in a variety of national and international publications. Her controversial videopoem, Blood is Blood (with Endre Farkas), won a top prize at the 2012 Zebra International Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Carolyn has been guest faculty in creative writing at Bishop’s University.
Endre Farkas, poet/playwright/author was born in Hungary. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, and Slovenian. He has read and performed widely in Canada, the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and has created performance pieces that have toured across the country and abroad. His collaborative book and video poem Blood is Blood was the winner of Zebra’s International Poetry Film Festival (Berlin) 2012. His novel Home Game was shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Fiction in 2020.
Mirabel is a Montreal-based poet who grew up in Mumbai, India. Mirabel holds a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from McGill University and was the 2019 winner of McGill’s Peterson Memorial Prize for Creative Writing. Presently, Mirabel edits poetry and prose for Persephone’s Daughters, a literary magazine dedicated to survivors of abuse. Mirabel’s poems have appeared in Déraciné Magazine, Dream Pop, and carte blanche, among others.
Bryan Sentes is born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has a B.A. of the University of Regina in philosophy and M.A. from Concordia University, Montreal in English literature. He is a literature and composition teacher and often reads at various venues. Between Spoken Word, experimental, and Institutional, his works is recognizable and precious.