(with someone you love) enormous tandem laughter from those deep, unknowable, bottomless parts of each other: quite literally the entire reason for being alive at all.
The advent of the new year means the periodic reemergence of a rando or two creeping out of the woodwork. Some guy I dated on and off when I was a teenager — over ten […]
A note to mark a moment: C & I dancing to this in our little terraced house in the North England twilight:
New Years Day 2016: Early train out of London. Stopped in Wakefield to visit The Hepworth. Anthea Hamilton might just be my favourite British artist. This is “Luke Perry,” (2009): Here are a few […]
I gave up on NYE shenanigans a few years ago, realizing that I almost never have fun and being out that night typically inspires misanthropy in me. This year, though, I was invited to a […]
Since our family is scattered in different cities/countries, we’ve started a new tradition of writing/performing cheesy Christmas tunes to let our families know how much we’re missing them while on our travels. Second year running, […]
On the 21st (winter solstice) I celebrated two years of marriage (& seven total years of love) with this monkey. I am wildly happy.
Today C & I put up our Christmas tree! Second time in our UK house. He’s almost done for the term (3/4 done Law school!) and I just landed an International Research Assistant gig to […]
if you need a pick-me-up just take scissors to your hair. if you have a partner or roommate, ask them to make sure the line is straight at the back. cut those blues away. this […]
A couple of updates to cover my September absence from this blog: I was awarded the William Royce Butler and Jean Campbell Butler Scholarship from the Department of English at UBC, as well as […]
After spending a good chunk of this summer in London and Manchester I’ve come to really love both cities. Of course, I love Leeds as well, but the calm leafiness of my neighbourhood’s historic streets […]
I’m obsessed with Beach House‘s new album Depression Cherry. I’ve been streaming it on NPR and just can’t get enough. My current favourites: “Space Song” and “Beyond Love.” They’re embedded below (for a limited time, […]
Data dump from some weekends in London this summer / visiting Curran while he was working down there. Lots of art, sometimes with people for scale.
It’s almost one year to the day that we came to live in England and we’ve decided that we’re going to stay. With our careers taking off and our EU citizenships giving us permission to […]
It has been uncharacteristically cool in Yorkshire lately. I saw my breath in the air when taking my dog out a few mornings ago. A couple of weeks ago I spent a week getting acclimatized to […]
Between Curran’s Manchester & London law firm work placements, I managed to steal a couple of days away from my dissertation to spend some time with him in Manchester. Among pancake lunches, drinks, and exploring, […]
Announcing Overachiever 1.2: Cruel. From Steel Bananas: Overachiever is the result of intercontinental conversations about what becomes of a studio’s rubbish heap. Premised on the notion that unformed or unfinished thoughts and ideas can find new […]
I’m 27 now. It feels the same as 26 but I’m happier than ever and my hair is longer. I feel younger, actually. On my actual birthday-day Curran and I went out for brunch in […]
Overachiever is finally alive! From Steel Bananas: Overachiever is the result of intercontinental conversations about what becomes of a studio’s rubbish heap. Premised on the notion that unformed or unfinished thoughts and ideas can find new […]
C & I travelled northwest to the incredibly beautiful Yorkshire Dales to visit Skipton Castle and walk around Skipton Castle Woods. Here are a few shots:
Beautiful. Monogrenade – Le Fantôme from Antler Inc. on Vimeo.
I just spent two weeks in Toronto/Muskoka visiting my family, meeting my new nephew Cole, having BBQs, lunches, dinners, and nights out with friends, and generally recharging my Canadian battery. I came back to England […]
Friday means jumping between drafts & projects until I can reward my scrambled end-of-the-week brain with party-time. Tonight: Lauren’s murder/mystery dinner party in the Northern Quarter. I am a pirate.
My first day post-killer-spring-cold that I most likely picked up at last week’s job interview at a school. I still sound like a 95-year old smoker (I am neither). As a way of motivating myself […]
C posted this photo of the two of us today and I like it, so I figured I’d add it to the time capsule. I’m working on my dissertation and listening to Girlpool. I have […]
Friday night date night with my dissertation, I think we’re taking our relationship to a new level. I am tidying up my extensive endnotes as Curran is finishing one of his training contract applications for […]
Tonight: ANAMAI’s “Altar Coals” on repeat. Thanks to R for the recommend.
Last night Curran and I walked over to our favourite haunt — the Brudenell Social Club — to see one of my favourite bands out of San Francisco: DEERHOOF. For once, we actually made it […]
I woke up early and made broccoli soup for Curran to bring to school/work since he won’t be home until late. I’m picking away at my dissertation and looking out the window at the sun. […]
While working on the OVERACHIEVER (2015) project and plugging away in dissertation-land, I recently published a short-run zine of four of my Portuguese poems titled ✚ ✚ ✚ ✚ (esta senhora vai pagar tudo), or, […]
“Good god, there are ghosts floating up from the pavement, they flip over the houses, blood runs out from the basements in its unholy flow.”
Today was bright and sunny again, my office bathed in light. I’m working on a couple of scholarship apps that I hope to get in by their deadlines. My recent nostalgia binge in light of my […]
Today is a Purity Ring day for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they debuted another new track from their forthcoming album on BBC last week, and I found out they’ll be playing at, of course, […]
another gem from a couple of years back.
late afternoon sun, laughing. dancing to “robson girl” with the husband in the light from the kitchen window. salmon, singing, potatoes boiling over. bent knees, throw my hair around. friday, still in love like we’re […]
pas de commentaire.
Just got home from an incredible ALVVAYS show at the Brudenell Social Club. It was amazing to see a hometown tee-dot band in my favourite spot in Leeds. I recently learned that my beloved Chad […]
Currently working on a new multimedia project, the bulk of which will result in a new biannual print/sound publication from SB. More details to follow as soon as I finish this dissertation chapter. In the […]
Between dissertation grinding, I’m currently making some new sound work. As part of this, my voice is part of a collaborative generative audio stream of La Monte Young’s “Composition 1960 #7” with artists from around […]
I’m still tripping up on the date in the top right corner of my notes. 2014 didn’t exist. Well, it did, but it went by so quickly I’m now afraid that the rest of my […]
I like him.
Since shipping is a killer, Curran and I decided to be the corniest corn dogs — who ever corned — and record a little ukulele + tambourine Christmas tune for our families to watch in […]
Somewhere between my second and third chapter a black hole appeared, sucking a bunch of my already thoroughly combed writing into a feedback loop with my introduction. I’ve been writing in pieces trying desperately to […]
” Why do I feel so sorry for everyone and so proud?” — Maira Kalman
we throw our shadows down we must throw our shadows down we live and throw our shadows down it’s how we get around in the sun
Curran and I stepped out to The Wardrobe in Leeds last night to see my beloved Perfume Genius. I was sick as hell and it was Monday, but it was well worth getting […]
Currently in love with Gabrielle Herbst, new music and contemporary composition.
The Ought show last night at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds was so much fun, especially when they played the b-side (new song?) Beautiful Blue Sky. The crowd went bonkers. Here’s a quieter live […]
This month is crazy. I’m refining drafts of my first three dissertation chapters, one of my committee members is visiting Leeds to speak (and have coffee with me), and I snagged tickets to a bunch […]
Since the big move from Vancouver to Leeds via Toronto took me offline for a while, I only just realised I neglected to post about my recent publication in the top-ranked American scholarly journal New […]
love this track rom my hometown + my own matrimonial bliss
I love this whole album, and have been playing it over and over since it was released earlier this month. This video for the title track reminds me of Michael Haneke’s Amour (my absolute favourite […]
After the big move from Vancouver to Leeds (via Toronto for a month) Curran and I decided we’re still dedicated to our lives as wanderers. Since we realized today that we’ve been together for six years […]
When NPR started streaming Too Bright earlier this month, I listened to it on loop for days and days. Now there’s a video for my favourite track!
Curran and I began test shooting for a forthcoming project and have been pleasantly surprised with the light here in Yorkshire. Sure, it will change as winter approaches, but as we left Vancouver former Yorkshiremen […]
Flew in to Heathrow 27th Aug, picked up the pets and took the train up to Leeds. Our terraced house is adorable. The city is vibrant and full of young people. Curran starts Law school […]
still from “trigger warning: demons” / august 2014 neal alexander armstrong and karen correia da silva performance for <IMG>Forums: Images from the Internet propeller centre for the visual arts, toronto
We sold out of a bunch of stuff! Thanks Zine Dreamers!
staying at the gladstone hotel in toronto. photo c/o curran.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to pack 3030 Dundas West in Toronto on August 7th! We sold out of most of our books and had a grand ol’ time in SB’s wonderful birthplace.
we travelled to edmonton to say farewell to curran’s family before our big move to the UK, and to attend sean and linda’s wedding. i love edmonton.
i travelled alone to newfoundland for two weeks to participate in a think tank for IICSI‘s summer institute and to attend the international sound symposium. newfoundland was beautiful, and i was honoured to be surrounded by […]
collecting from the archive while i can. leaving Vancouver in just over a month.
FREE zine online (click on the cover below to read) + print copies scattered around Vancouver today. FOR FUN AND FOR THE SUNSHINE.
Curran and I eloped four months ago, but we didn’t have time to compile our footage from the day until now. Here’s the highlight reel: Curran + Karen: December 21st, 2013 from Karen Correia […]
out and about with the husband in intermittent Vancouver sun. photo by the man.
I recently added a new press + media + peer review page. It’s by no means exhaustive and doesn’t include literart/ac publications or academic appearances, just a highlight reel of appearances and what’s been said […]
Karen Correia Da Silva. Skinny Dipping, 2014.
moar ephemera. sexploitation zine: some collages by karen. available if you know me and i gave you one or if you ask.
fuck it fuck it fuck it omg wave my hair round cause i just dont care.
We host Natalie Simpson and Jonathan Ball on March 19th! Come out for the readings, stay for the Q&A! Info here.
Curran and I flew to Edmonton to visit the Folkers/Duff/Guest clans and officially celebrate our December elopement with bowling, and a big pile of good ol’ Albertan ribs and brisket.
DON’T MISS kevin mcpherson eckhoff + Jake Kennedy this Wednesday at Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings! This one is going to be a barn-burner! Info here.
“Ships” by Karen Correia Da Silva. From Breakfast Zine, 2014.
Breakfast Zine by Karen Correia Da Silva, 2014. Kitties. Melbourne. Grapefruit. Role-play. Hammer. Printing and mailing soon.
Beat the January blues by trekking out for 2014’s first instalment of Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings, featuring Catriona Strang and Christine Stewart! The event is free and open to the public this Wednesday. Info here.
THE BLURB: Social Work in Progress (2014) is a collaborative meditation on experience and identity. Part experiment, part exorcism, voice work and poetics by Karen Correia da Silva and Curran Folkers explore the language that […]
After dating for just over five years, Curran and I eloped to Galiano Island! It was a perfect, no-fuss day for us to relax, focus on each other, and look forward to the future. Our […]
THIS AT A FEW VANCOUVER GALLERIES AND BY MAIL IN JANUARY 2014: I wanna pretend that I’m not going to be working during my vacation, but there’s just too much SB work simmering gently in […]
In six months Curran and I are moving to Leeds, West Yorkshire! Curran accepted an unconditional graduate-entry offer to study Law at the University of Leeds! I’m so proud of him! Which means I’m taking […]
In November we welcome hometown boy Daniel Zomparelli and Montrealer David McGimpsey to Green College! More event info here.
So while pursuing my creative endeavours, I’ve still been working toward PhD candidacy. Today was a milestone: I submitted by candidacy papers (“Militant Aesthetics: The Global avant-garde,” and “Intersubjective Dialectics: From Aufhebung to vis-á-vis“) to […]
Anyone who knows me or reads my blog is familiar with my obsession with Blood Sister. This is their latest NSFW video for “Dysphoria.” Again, NSFW.
Two poems from East Van Sound were just published in BookThug’s avant-garde BafterC (V6, N2), guest edited by Andrew McEwan. Purchase a copy to read ’em, as well as the work of Kelly Semkiw, Jonathan Pappo, Mat […]
It was a fun night at one of Canada’s oldest artist-run centres — the Western Front — celebrating the launch of the Sound issue of Poetry is Dead, guest edited by Jordan Abel, who coincidentally […]
GO BUY THE SOUND ISSUE OF POETRY IS DEAD AND READ MY POEM “METAL HEAD, METH HEAD,” ALONG WITH NEW SOUND WORKS BY A. RAWLINGS, CHRISTIAN BÖK, STEVE MCCAFFERY, KEVIN MCNEILLY, ANDREW MCEWAN, AND MORE! […]
FROM TIGHTROPE BOOKS: While Hollywood prepares for The Manson Girls, a film that stars Canada’s own (Peterborough no less) Estella Warren (Planet of the Apes 2001) and the porn industry’s Ron Jeremy, the dearth of […]
Curran and I missed our families today, but we still managed to make some turkey and stuffing. Who knows, this might be our last Thanksgiving in Vancouver since Curran is now preparing his Law School […]
Our October 2013 instalment features Nicole Markotić and Louis Cabri! Event info here.
I was interviewed for New York based ArtFile Magazine about the Steel Bananas Art Collective + my own art practice and research by the lovely Sarah Allen Eagen. Check out the interview, titled “Artistic Kindness: Empathy, Ethics, […]
I had the great pleasure of reading sound poems from my forthcoming 7-inch East Van Sound at the WORD Vancouver literary festival. The event was curated by Jordan Abel for Poetry is Dead, billed as […]
Our artists and writers will be exhibiting and reading in Toronto and Vancouver, releasing music and touring both within and outside of the record label world, curating exhibitions, and releasing poster zines. Check us out! […]
PC is back! Come to our first event featuring Jillian Christmas and Chris Gilpin! Event info here.
Our 2013-2014 offering from SB Collective Publications includes two beautifully illustrated poetry collections, short fiction, two art books, and a 7-inch vinyl.
Trip hop on repeat.
Blood Sister. All the time. Can’t get enough.
Listen loud. Very loud.
Mabel has the googliest eyes. This is one for the archive.
I know I should be working on my candidacy papers, but I have to blow off at least some steam. Curran and I LOVE watching tennis together, so we decided to pick up the sport […]
And as you all know, friendship is magic.
Started filming for PeopleSometimes. Here’s a production shot of Ryan’s reading:
I’m currently in Victoria for Congress 2013 (@ the Edge). I presented the first of two papers for the conference (this one co-written with Dr. Laura Moss) at an ACQL digital pedagogy session–organized by Emily […]
I’m starting a new short film series and archive this summer. Since I’m currently filming and collecting, the site PeopleSometimes.com won’t launch until the fall. Nevertheless, it’s getting my mind off of candidacy stress. I’m […]
Bijou’s track of the day (chosen by sitting right beside the speaker, purring).
Mabel is going crazy (and chasing her tail) for this track right now. Sun’s filtering in through the back door and it smells like someone is having a barbecue.
…and I said yes!
I’ve organized one more installment of the Work in Progress Salon before I leave for Victoria for Congress. This one will be fun, with my cohort member and PhD student Alicia Fahey presenting work in […]
I am nearing completion of my candidacy papers. Today, after a pre-candidacy meeting with my cohort, I came home and wrote another five pages, pruned several pages back, and organized material for my prospectus meeting […]
Haley at Barbarella on Main gave me a pixie cut today. After two years between long waves and a short triangle in green, blue, purple, and blonde, I feel great just having less hair to […]
“If our life lacks a constant magic it is because we choose to observe our acts and lose ourselves in consideration of their imagined form and meaning, instead of being impelled by their force.” (Antonin […]
“This spring holds a killer in her claws…”
Mabel and I beat the summer heat today by the water on English Bay, and came home to read Merleau-Ponty and listen to Deerhunter’s new Monomania. She’s 4.5 months, looking more mature everyday, and seemingly […]
I woke up today, had a shower, realized how tanned I am, and that my commute to work is now just upstairs in my loft to my office, where Bijou was sleeping on my chair […]
I just returned from a whirlwind trip for my sister’s wedding through the States and the Caribbean — specifically the USVI, St. Maarten, and the Bahamas — and an exorbitantly expensive satellite internet signal beaming […]
I’ve been in Seattle quite a bit lately. Makes me want to listen to Nirvana.
I’m the new Work in Progress Series Coordinator with grad caucus in my department, and I’ve transformed it into the Work in Progress Salon, featuring two readers/critics a month in conversation with one another. I […]
Love this track by Blood Sister. Video samples from Der Fan.
I can’t believe this season of Play Cthonics is almost over! Our upcoming evening with Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst will be the final event for the term. We’re coordinating the schedule for the upcoming […]
Curran took this fuzzy video of Mabel and I going over sit, lay, and shake a paw:
I can’t believe I forgot to post this! I’ve been working as a Curricula Writer/Developer at Canadian Literature since last year, and I published my first comprehensive guide for undergraduate students last month. Check out “Gender […]
Join Play Cthonics tomorrow for an evening of fireside readings by Ken Babstock and Jen Currin, followed by an open Q&A with the authors. I will be hosting the event, which is free and open […]
Meet Mabel Da Silva-Folkers, the new addition to our home. She’s a Keeshond crossed with a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. She’s nine weeks old, extremely well behaved and very intelligent. She’s also very adept at the […]
A snapshot of the soundtrack to my afternoon on my balcony, reading in the spring Vancouver sun:
Check out the mini-doc from Madeleine Collective‘s “12 HR Zine Machine” installation for Nuit Blanche 2012, in collaboration with the Steel Bananas Art Collective and nine other featured Toronto art organizations and artists.
A string of fortuitous professional events during the last few months have given me a greater affinity for the incredible atmosphere of a personal office. Especially when one’s handsome partner treks up for a short […]
There’s nothing quite like how the combination of a new haircut and a new desk can manage to make candidacy bibliographies seem so, so sexy.
Oh my. This is just a fraction of the books we’ve married. So many left in storage; Steins and Roths waiting to snuggle up together.
Play Cthonics proudly presents its first reading of 2013, featuring W. H. New and Jamie Reid. W. H. NEW’s illustrious writing career has received international recognition, including the Lorne Pierce Medal and the Governor General’s […]
Blah blah blah. “Get over yourself.” I suppose there’s no real harm now. Just the yawn that inevitably follows a lack of oxygen to the brain. The older I get, the more my life is […]
This was Bijou’s favourite track of 2012: Also, this is us in 2013:
“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” / Le Corbusier.
In 2012 I travelled across Canada from Vancouver to Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Fredericton; edited, produced, and released the first book from SB Publications (Dear Adolf by Daniel Scott Tysdal); read/performed poetry at a funeral march […]
I’m now back in Vancouver after a couple of weeks spent catching up with friends and family in Toronto. Soon I’ll be back at work on my candidacy papers and CanLit Guides at Canadian Literature, […]
I’m currently in the qualifying stage of my PhD, buried beneath my field exams (at UBC they are qualifying papers). It’s a strange genre, being general and concise while demonstrating wide field coverage. I should […]
Tomorrow evening, I’ll be hosting Garry Thomas Morse and Brad Cran as part of Play Cthonics at Green College, UBC. This will be the last event for this academic term, so head on out! Facebook […]
Mind Over Mirrors / Memorander MIND OVER MIRRORS – Memorander from PɨK on Vimeo.
Curran and I have big plans for San Francisco in 2013. This is the only clue I can give you.
All day every day. Tehching Hsieh – One Year Performance 1980 – 1981 (Time Clock Piece) from FACT on Vimeo. Tehching Hsieh is an artist who has been mythologized since retiring from making art in […]
This Saturday at 1pm, KSW and Play Cthonics present JAM ISMAIL reading at the Kootenay School of Writing. Be there. Facebook event here.
Out for printing. Online soon.
Frank O’Hara reading his poem in New York in 1966, shortly before his accidental death. Taken from USA: Poetry: Frank O’Hara produced and directed by Richard Moore, for KQED and WNET. Originally aired on September 1, […]
Venusia, 2007. Animation and Direction by Aline Bouvy & John Gillis. Original score by Johnston Sheard / Sandi Sirocco.
Pretty sure they’re channelling the dead in my building. Or the guys two balconies over are hooked on glass.
It took me two months to unpack. Here are a few shots of the place now that we’ve shelved the books and settled in:
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