Biography / Biographie

6,3 évanouissementsKnown for the performance of his poems, Fortner Anderson has produced a number of audio recordings and books, including six silk purses in 2005, and solitary pleasures in 2011. His CD single, he sings, describing the incarceration of Omar Khadr appeared in 2006. A collaboration in 2012 with 9 electro-acoustic composers resulted in annunciations, a book of poems and 3 CD recordings. Points of Departure a book of poems encased in bronze, was released in late 2017.

He has been a featured reader at numerous North American and European poetry festivals, the Festival voix d’ameriques in Montreal, the Berlinpoesie festival, the St-Mark’s Church Series in New York and the Monde Parallèlle 50//littérature in Lille, France. In 2010, he was invited to Vancouver to open the Live! Bienniale Performance Festival with his work Belly into fire describing the destruction of the Columbia Space Shuttle. In April of 2018, he and Geneviève Letarte were awarded the prestigious Poésie dans la cité award by the Montreal Arts council. In January 2019 he will present his work, Points of Departures at the Casino Luxembourg.

In 2015, he presented the first of a series of 12 hour readings of his latest poetry project, Points of Departure, at the Le Printemps des poètes in Quebec City. His latest collaboration with musician Alexander MacSween, a one-hour monologue “Considérations sur les causes de notre grandeur et de notre décadence” will be presented in festivals in 2018.

In April of 2007, he was awarded the La voix electrique prize for career achievement in poetry performance.

Biographie

Originaire du midwest et du sud-ouest des États-Unis, Fortner Anderson vit à Montréal depuis 1976. Il est connu pour les performances qu’il donne de ses poèmes.

Anderson a réalisé quatre albums solo intitulé sometimes I think (WOW, 2000), six silk purses (WOW, 2005), solitary pleasures (&records, 2011), et annunciations (les blocs errants, 2012). Il a publié plusieurs livres de poèsie dont Points of departure (small perturbations, 2016). Son prochaine livre, Once-une vie, sortira en 2019.

Il a participé au Festival internationale di poesie di Genoa (Genoa), au Festival Berlin poesiefestival (Berlin), au Festival mondial de la littérature (Montréal), ainsi qu’à des dizaines d’autres événements de poésie au Québec, au Canada et en Europe. En avril 2018, il a gagné avec Geneviève Letarte le prix Poèsie dans la cité, accordé par le Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Co-fondateur et ancien producteur de l’étiquette de disques Wired On Words (wiredonwords.com), il a également participé à l’organisation de l’événement Ultimatum II-Festival de poésie urbaine (Montréal, 1985).

Depuis des années, il anime chaque semaine à la radio de CKUT-FM (ckut.ca) une émission de poésie d’une heure intitulée «Dromostexte», qui diffuse de la poésie et du spoken word.