Dr. Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia—a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Bök is one of the earliest founders of Conceptualism (the poetic school made famous, in part, by the activities of Kenneth Goldsmith). Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has earned many accolades for his virtuoso recitals of “sound-poems” (particularly the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters). Bök is on the verge of finishing his current project, entitled The Xenotext — a work that requires him to engineer a bacterium so that its DNA might become not only a durable archive that stores a poem for eternity, but also an operant machine that writes a poem in response. The Utne Reader has identified Bök as one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World . ” Bök is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and he teaches Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.
Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Northwestern University Press, 2002)
Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001)
Crystallography (Coach House Books, 2003)
The Xenotext – Book 1 (Coach House Books, 2015)
Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, and Revolutionaries (ed., with Gregory Betts) (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2019)
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SSHRC Insight Grant ($97,500 CAN) for “Conceptual Literature: Writing at the Limits of Writing.”
2009SSHRC Research/Creation Grant (00,100 CAN) for “The Xenotext Experiment
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
FRSC - Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada