As an experimental project — and as a means of covering the absence at a conference of the regular instructor — twelve Malaspina creative non-fiction students met around a rectangular table on March 19, 2008 with Kevin Roberts, and asked him about a dozen of his books. The interview lasted three hours, and what follows is the polyphonic result. Grouped together, these pieces offer a remarkable vocal range. The many-toned student voices interact in a rich Bakhtinian dialogism with the singular one of Kevin Roberts in its responsive, teacherly, abrupt, poetic, ever-shifting articulation of a writerly self. In this lively, double-sided, and collective endeavour, scholarship and theatre fuse. Perhaps the hybrid form found here is more ancient than new -- if we remember the chorus of Greek drama or the model of bear-baiting by a pack of savage dogs that Shakespeare sometimes transposed onto his stage. The CREW 300 class wishes to thank Kevin Roberts for his courage and candour in metaphorically jumping onto the boards, and for turning monologue into enlivening dialogue. K.H.
Kevin Roberts: Biography
Sandra Baskett — West Country (1975)
Deb Kendze — Deep Line (1978)
Kellie Turner — Stonefish and Other Poems (1982)
Julie McManus — Black Apples (1983)
Franklin Agterberg — "The Nanoose Bay Suite" (1984)
Jessi Rathwell — Picking the Morning Colours (1985)
Heather Burke — Above Marshall Lake & Other Poems (1986)
Kim Clark — Tears in a Glass Eye (1989)
Erin O'Brien — Red Centre Journal (1992)
Andrew Brown — Cobalt 3 (2000)
Robynn Baijius — Writing the Tides (2006)
Eldon Arkinstall — She'll Be Right (2007)
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