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Christian Bök “The Xenotext (Book 1)”

Christian Bök “The Xenotext (Book 1)”

Feb 19, 2016
– 4:30pm
Foster Auditorium

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001)—a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Poetry Prize. Bök is one of the founders of Conceptual Literature, and he is on the verge of finishing his current project, entitled The Xenotext—a work that requires him to engineer the genome of an unkillable bacterium so that the DNA of such an organism might become not only a durable archive that stores a poem for eternity, but also an operant machine that writes a poem in response. Bök teaches in the Department of English at the University of Calgary.