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February 1, 2008 AWP Conference, Hilton Hotel, New York City From the Academy Audio Archive

About this poet

Born in Toronto, Canada on August 10, 1966, Bök earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Carleton University, as well as a Ph.D. in English from York University in Toronto where he first became interested in the avant-garde poetics of Canadian writers like bpNichol, Steve McCaffery, and Darren Wershler-Henry, among others.

His collections of poetry include Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), which was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Eunoia (2001), a lipogram that uses only one vowel in each of its chapters, which received the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize.

The Judge's Citation describes it as "an immensely attractive work from those 'corridors of the breath' we call vowels, giving each in turn its dignity and manifest, making all move to the order of his own recognition and narrative...As we are told at the outset, 'Eunoia, which means 'beautiful thinking,' is the shortest English word to contain all five vowels.' Here each speaks with persistent, unequivocal voice, all puns indeed intended."

Bök is also a sound poet and conceptual artist who has produced numerous artist's books, including books made entirely of Rubik's cubes and Lego bricks. Additionally, he has invented languages for the science-fiction television shows Earth: Final Conflict and Amazon.

Bök lives in Alberta where he is currently a Professor of English at the University of Calgary.

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Christian Bök, 1966

 

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Christian Bök

Christian Bök

Bök is also a sound poet and conceptual artist who has produced numerous artist's books, including one made entirely of Rubik's cubes and one of Lego bricks.

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