Visit the Special Collections exhibit, Lisa Robertson's Vancouver

Lisa Robertson's

View the exhibit, Lisa Robertson's Vancouver, on display on the 7th floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library.


Photograph of Lisa Robertson and Chick Rice at the Western Front, 1992. MsC-38-0-7-0-0-9. Image copyright Rhoda Rosenfeld. Used with permission.

What if subjectivity were a site, but a dislocated, immaterial site? When I go to the archive, what intensities and dispersions and breaches reveal themselves? How do they inflect this ‘here’?

Lisa Robertson, Interview with Lytle Shaw. Printed Project 14, 2010

About the exhibit

Lisa Robertson's Vancouver, curated by Fulbright Canada visiting scholar Katie Naughton, features books, ‘zines, magazine articles, and ephemera from SFU alumna, the poet and cultural critic Lisa Robertson, who lived and worked in Vancouver for over two decades starting in the 1980s. 

Robertson was affiliated with Vancouver’s well-known aesthetically and politically radical Kootenay School of Writing, but the exhibit aims to highlight Robertson’s other site-specific affiliations in Vancouver in order to understand the Kootenay School, for both Robertson in particular and the late-20th century creative community in Vancouver more generally, as one node in a network of artistic collectives operative on and formed by creative practice in the city.

The exhibit also follows Robertson’s interrogation of the idea of site-specificity to examine the links between more obviously site-specific works like Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture and The Weather and more apparently personal works like Robertson’s most recent work, Boat


What's on display?

  • rare books by Lisa Robertson
  • ephemera created and collected by Robertson
  • collaborations with Vancouver artists, including exhibition catalogues, fleeting publications, and more
  • early little magazines and zines

About the curator

Katie Naughton is a poet and doctoral candidate in poetics in the English department at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Her dissertation research is on the theorization of self-transparency and self-opacity in experimental poetry by women, and includes chapters on Lisa Robertson, Bernadette Mayer, and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge. Archival research in support of the dissertation has been supported by grants from the University at Buffalo Graduate Student Association and the University of California – San Diego library, and Yale University’s Beinecke Library. Katie was the recipient of a Fulbright Canada 2022-2023 graduate student research fellowship at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks and a poetry collection, The Real Ethereal, forthcoming from Delete Press in 2024; the founding editor of Etcetera, a journal of poetry and poetics; an editor at Essay Press; and an editor and project manager at the HOW(ever) and How2 Digital Archive Project.

January to April 2024
7th floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)
Contact for further information
For further information please contact Special Collections and Rare Books at or Andréa Tarnawsky at or visit Special Collections.