Oana Avasilichioaei, the 2010 – 2011 Calgary Canadian Writer in Residence, speaks with Paul Kennett about her experience with the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and her current multimedia poetic projects.
Some of the strands in Oana Avasilichioaei Writer’s Block CJSW Podcast’s work traverse geography and public space (feria: a poempark, 2008), textual architecture, orality and multilingualism (We, Beasts, upcoming 2012), translation and collaborative performance (Expeditions of a Chimæra, co-written with Erín Moure, 2009). Living in Montreal, she has also translated poetry from the Romanian of Nichita Stănescu (Occupational Sickness, 2006) and from the Quebecois French of Louise Cotnoir (The Islands, 2011). Other recent projects include “The Mapping Issue” (co-edited with Kathleen Brown for Dandelion Magazine) and writing commentaries on Canadian experimental poetry for Jacket2. Some of her collaborative and audio work can be found on the PennSound website.