Tomorrow, Friday, November 25, you are invited to step into Hogan’s Alley, Vancouver’s historic neighbourhood and a focal point of Black culture prior to its destruction in the late 1960s. I will be delivering the final Arts and Humanities Colloquium for the term, entitled Hogan’s Alley Remixed: Learning through Wayde Compton’s Poetics.
My talk will look at the work of Vancouver-born poet, essayist, DJ, and historian Wayde Compton, whose collection, Performance Bond, explores the destruction of Hogan’s Alley. Compton incorporates hip-hop and turntable poetics in his piece to recover the past and effectively blend such histories into the present.
The presentation will mix images, sound, and text. VIU student and bassist Darin Nicolle will provide some bass accompaniment during the presentation and there will be an opening performance piece on mashup culture.
The presentation is from 10-11:30 a.m. at Malaspina Theatre (on the Nanaimo VIU campus). The sessions are free to attend. Please join us at 9:30 am for coffee, tea, cookies, and conversation in the theatre lobby.
Nanaimo Bulletin: Vancouver Island University lecture examines poet Wayde Compton’s work
The Navigator: Exploring historic Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley through Wayde Compton’s eyes
Image Credit: RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin