bill bissett

The son of a judge, bill bissett, poet, artist, performer, publisher (b at Halifax, NS 23 Nov 1939), ran away from home several times as a child, once to join a circus, looking to escape conventional middle-class life. In 1958-59 he moved to Vancouver, where he spent 2 years at the University of British Columbia before dropping out to pursue writing and painting. Although his poetics harmonized with the experimental creativity of the TISH movement, he was unable to find a publisher for his concrete and visual poetry. As a result, he founded blewointment magazine in 1962 to promote his own poetry and that of similar writers, such as bpNichol and Steve McCaffery. bill bissett is known for his distinct spelling, for combining lyric, visual, and sound poetry with drawing and collage, and for a deceptively naïve voice that masks the personal and political perceptiveness of his work.   Continue reading at

100 Thousand Poets for Change September 30 4pm

The Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery presented the annual global “100 Thousand Poets for Change” day at which poets and artists around the world celebrated peace, sustainability, and justice, and called for serious social, environmental, and political change. Canadian poet and artist, bill bissett, the “shaman of sound and performance,” read/chanted/danced his work. Among bissett’s awards are The George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. The event was held on September 30th at 4p.m. at the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery. There was live music, finger food, and conversation. 519-846-2551