This site is being slowly phased out but remains a place where I blog. If you’d like shinier, more up to date information on my writing, have a look HERE. Thank you! VC, Jan 2017.
A piece written for Anna Sulan Masing in conjunction with Don’t Sing in the Kitchen (or you’ll marry an old man), August 2015
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I started writing when I ran the Brautigan Book Club in 2012, an international creative society if you like, which uses the life and work of writer Richard Brautigan as a jumping off point for self-expression. I saw folk who mostly didn’t profess to be artists create and grow. I met unconventional, fiery wordsmiths. I found myself at the Poetry School in 2013, writing poetry as part of the Collaborations project via Chris McCabe’s Poetry School-based class – do have a look at website and the work I produced, working with artists and writers Sophie Herxheimer, Lara Popovic and Ed Venning – and soon after, enrolled in a Masters course.
This bold move was inspired by my meeting poet Tim Atkins and being a total fan-girl (I skipped up to him after he read a piece). The course Tim runs with Tessa McWatt is pretty incredible. Like Chris’s course, this also welcomed artists who use words in different forms so it felt like the natural progression and complementary to my greedy nature.
This is a good description of my writing by a guy called Bob: “Chok’s writing consists of pieces which are based in poetry but not restricted by that definition and has been published by Ether Press, Brautigan Free Press and The Rising.”
I am interested in exploring the difficulties of language and the circumstances under which people connect.
Recent projects worked on via the MA:
– the poetic text NATIVE SPEAKER CREDIBILITY IS A POTATO IN SPACE AND BALLYTURK’S WHERE THE PANIC TREE’S ON JELF IS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS IS SEVEN LIGHT YEARS AWAY, BUT O! MY WHITE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS (2014)
Native is a response to what I refer to as bad breakup poetry and fey writing about “female desire”, whatever that is meant to be! The text itself enacts the quest to unpick the puzzle that is romantic entanglements, sexual drive, and existential crisis. It references our noisy age of digital hyperinformation. Inspired by Dodie Bellamy’s Cunt-Ups, Whit Stillman, Wallace Shawn, Dawson’s Creek, and Mac Wellman.
– a play based on William Maxwell’s short story, The blue finch of Arabia (2014)
– Vera Chok’s MEGA Dance Party XXX! an interactive autobiography to be performed by people who aren’t me. This project also includes an audio project and the aim is to produce a hard copy but transient artefact. (2014)
I have also posted some of my writing in amongst my blog pieces on this site but these are mostly word-doodle drafts (and thus, terrible) unless specified otherwise.
I am interested in the performed self, performance and presentation on the page, and text as a site of experience; jumping off points.
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