Accomplished writer. Parliamentary Poet Laureate. In(ter)ventions faculty. Fred Wah and I sat down over lunch to chat mostly about that last role. This is the fifth year Fred’s been involved with In(ter)ventions, and when I think about that program title I wonder what, exactly, are they intervening?
After our chat, I’ve discovered that In(ter)ventions is a literary arts program for experimental approaches to writing. It’s not as simple as moving print into a digital form, though that’s part of the conversation. Instead, it’s really about taking an interdisciplinary approach to producing text, and finding new ways to tell stories. In fact, as Wah tells me, he got interested in the program because of the interdisciplinary nature of his own work.
Wah has been coming to The Banff Centre since the 1960s, and he’s taken many visual arts programs, including one that partnered Mexican and Canadian poets and photographers. That collaboration led to his book Sentenced to Light. But, as he says, “In(ter)ventions is really the first time Banff has approached that cross-disciplinary context from a literary point of view.” Continue Reading →