Lunch Poems at SFU returns with Jeff Derksen and Stephanie Young

Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 pm, in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre Campus.

After the summer hiatus, the reading series returns on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 with poets Jeff Derksen and Stephanie Young.

Jeff Derksen studied writing in the innovative Writing Program at David Thompson University Centre in Nelson B.C. and is a founding collective member of the Kootenay School of Writing. Derksen’s poetry edges with the contradictions and possibilities of lit win cities, and turns toward what Ernst Bloch called a “militant optimism.” Jeff Derksen’s poetry books include The VestigesTransnational Muscle Cars, Dwell, Until, and Down Time and his critical books are After Euphoria, Annihilated Time: Poetry and other Politics and How High Is the City, How Deep Is Our Love. He works in the English Department of Simon Fraser University.

Stephanie Young lives in Oakland, California. Her most recent book is Ursula or University (2013), a social and personal history investigating the possibilities and limits of poetry communities alongside police violence, resistance, and protest. Her earlier collections of poetry include Telling the Future Off (2005) and Picture Palace (2008). She edited the anthology Bay Poetics (2006) and is a founding editor of Deep Oakland. With Juliana Spahr, she co-edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (2012), a collection of enactments investigating politics, feminism, and collaborative poetry practice that the pair performed between 2005 and 2007.