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Poetry reading and discussion

Lisa Robertson & Mia You


Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

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Join us for an in-person poetry reading by writers Lisa Robertson and Mia You, followed by discussion.

Lisa Robertson is a writer who experiments with genre and form to stretch new directions for political and imaginative thinking, in poetry and prose.

Mia You is a writer and translator who thinks through poetry about diasporic experiences, the power of the lyric and the value of the aesthetic.

Together they will read a sample of new and recent work, and discuss what makes cross-art form thinking and making so interesting.

Our gallery opening hours have been extended for this event. You will be able to see The Weight of Words and Egon Altdorf up until 18:00, when this event starts.


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About the speakers

Headshot of Lisa Robertson, an older woman with short grey hair in a bob cut and round glasses. She is on a stage, reading from a book she has written.
Lisa Robertson. Photo: Rachel Topham.

Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet, art writer and novelist currently living in France. Born in Toronto in 1961, she was a long-time resident of Vancouver, where in the early nineties she began writing, publishing and collaborating in a community of artists and poets that included Artspeak Gallery, the Western Front, and the Kootenay School of Writing.

Since then, she has published nine books of poetry, three books of essays and one novel, as well as contributing to many artist’s catalogues, monographs and magazines. Her current work includes a novel-in-progress on the Bièvre, a Parisian undergrounded industrial river.

For the past ten years she has been immersed in a long-term study called wide rime, exploring by means of translation, annotation and performance the poetics of medieval troubadour poetry, from the region of France where she lives, in relationship to innovations in social and linguistic form and de-colonial subjectivity. Her book Anemones: A Simone Weil Project, an extensively annotated translation of Weil’s 1942 essay on the troubadour poets and the Cathar heresy, is the most recent outcome of this study.

She travels often as an invited lecturer, reader and teacher to universities, art schools and community arts groups across Europe, Canada and the USA, and has held residencies at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Princeton, California College of the Arts, Piet Zwart Institute, and Cambridge in this capacity.

In 2017 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters by Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and in 2018, the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts in New York awarded her the inaugural C. D. Wright Award in Poetry. In 2021 Coach House Books published her long poem Boat, and her novel The Baudelaire Fractal was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in Canada.

Mia You

Mia You is author of the poetry collection I, Too, Dislike It (1913 Press, 2016) and the chapbook Objective Practice (Achiote Press, 2007). Other writing has appeared in Artforum, Los Angeles Review of Books and The European Review of Books, as well as ELH and Textual Practice.

She currently teaches at the Universiteit Utrecht and in the Critical Studies program at the Sandberg Institute. She is also working on a three-year Dutch Research Council-funded project titled Poetry in the Age of Global English.


Visitors who would prefer a step-free entrance can use the accessible entrance on Cookridge Street, using the lift to bring you to the ground floor. The event will take place in the library on the first floor and you can use a passenger lift to all floors of the building.

Toilets are located on the basement level, including baby changing facilities within the accessible and gender-neutral toilet.

We want to make it as easy as possible for all to attend, so please get in touch if you have any access needs that you would like to discuss before the event.



Getting here

Henry Moore Institute

The Henry Moore Institute is currently closed for refurbishment until summer 2024.

74 The Headrow
United Kingdom

T:  01132 467 467