Wayde Compton at the Critical Media Lab

Wayde Compton at the Critical Media Lab

On February 27th, the Critical Media Lab hosted an exciting night of poetry and performance by Vancouver poet Wayde Compton. The event was part of the Affective Environments speaker series sponsored by the UW Department of English.

Compton read his poem “The Reinventing Wheel” from his 2004 collection Performance Bond, which explores such themes as biraciality and border-crossings, personal history and cultural tradition, and collective memory versus individual identity. His reading was complemented by the live musical accompaniment of Toronto musician and experimental turntablist Nick Storres. Having first met just an hour before the performance, the collaborative energy between Compton and Storres during the event was nonetheless invigorating, producing a fascinating interplay between spoken word and musical soundscape.

In case you missed this unique showcase of literary and musical talent, you can check out the video recording of the performance and question period on the Department of English YouTube channel.