Dewdney, Christopher


Public Lecture
Friday, August 13 , 2010, 7:30 pm | ODD Fellows Ballroom




Dewdney’s writings and lectures are defined by a highly individualized cross-disciplinary approach to his chosen subjects. For over 30 years, Dewdney has creating a body of work that routinely draws upon and interrogates the fields of natural history, neurophysiology, media studies, linguistics, literature and evolutionary biology. For his keynote lecture, Dewdney will be presenting new, original research into the reciprocal relationship between our environment and our human mechanisms for understanding and describing it. Using “Strange Days” as both a theme and theme song for his address, Dewdney will be looking at the intimate relationship between language, evolution, consciousness and technology.


Since the publication of his first book in 1971, CHRISTOPHER DEWDNEY has been consistently creating and publishing some of Canada’s most innovative, evocative and challenging writing.

Acclaimed for his poetry, non-fiction and work in culture/media studies, Dewdney has published 15 books and countless essays and articles. He is a past winner of the CBC Literary Competition, the Harbourfront Festival Prize, and is a four-time nominee for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His most recent books include Soul of The World: Unlocking the Secrets of Time,  Acquainted with the Night: Excursions though the World after Dark (both published by HarperCollins), and The Natural History (ECW), which collects his seminal long poem, began in 1975, about the history and landscape of Southwestern Ontario. His work has been published internationally China, India, Germany and Spain.

Dewdney’s visual art, often created to accompany his written work, has been exhibited and published throughout Canada.

In 1984, Dewdney was featured alongside John Cage, William Burroughs, Michael Ondaatje, Allen Ginsberg and Tom Waits in Ron Mann’s acclaimed documentary, Poetry in Motion.

Dewdney lives in Toronto where he also teaches at York University .

The Canadian Encyclopedia
Radiant Inventories: Christian Bök on Dewdney
Canadian Poetry Online