Fonds MsC-60 - Christian Bök fonds

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Christian Bök fonds

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  • Textual records
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  • [1985?]-2007 (Creation)
    Bök, Christian

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5.2 m of textual records and other material

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Christian Bök (born Christian Book, August 10, 1966) is a Canadian experimental poet. He grew up in Toronto and began writing seriously in his early twenties while earning his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Carleton University in Ottawa. In the early 1990s he returned to Toronto to study for a Ph.D. in English literature at York University, where he encountered prominent poets, including Steve McCaffery, Christopher Dewdney, and Darren Wershler-Henry. His collection Eunoia was awarded the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize. In 2005 he took a teaching position in the English Department at the University of Calgary.

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The fonds reflects Bök’s participation in the Canadian poetry scene as well as his teaching work. Records include correspondence with numerous other writers, teaching associates, fans, gallery owners, and conference organizers, as well as manuscript drafts, reviews of Bök’s work, ephemera from festivals and exhibitions, other writers’ works, and gifts and souvenirs. The fonds also includes Bök’s work laptop and its contents, which include textual records, photographs, audio, and video files of exhibits, performances, and travel.

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BCAUL control number: SFL--2339

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  • English

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