Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet who now lives in France. She began publishing in the early 90s in Vancouver, where she worked for many years with the writer-run collective, Kootenay School of Writing, and in the artist-run centre community, writing texts for, and collaborating with visual artists, practices she continues, most recently completing an essay for the Kunstweiher in Hamburg, for sculptor and poet Karl Larsson, and planning a collaborative performance with Corin Sworn at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. With Matthew Stadler, in 2013 she edited and annotated Revolution: A Reader, a 1200 page guide to how to live in the present. Her poetry books include Debbie:An Epic, The Weather, R’s Boat and Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip. Enitharmon is now bringing out a British edition of The Men, first published in 2006 by Bookthug, who also published her 2012 book of essays, Nilling.
Coach House books has just published the new long poem Cinema of the Present. The artists Hadley+Maxwell designed the book, as well as an accompanying series of 8 silkscreen posters. Her widely read collection of essays on urbanism, architecture and art, Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture, was first published in 2003 by Clear Cut Press, in Astoria Oregon, and has been twice reissued by Coach House Books in Toronto; it explores a natural history of surface, using the voice of a fictive architectural collective. In Spring 2014, she was the Bain Swigget Visiting Lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University, and she has also held residencies and visiting teaching positions at California College of the Arts, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa), University of California Berkeley, UCSD, Simon Fraser University, American University of Paris, and Cambridge University. She is currently a core tutor in the Master of Fine Arts program at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.