Oana Avasilichioaei

Oana Avasilichioaei interweaves poetry, sound, performance, image, and translation to explore an expanded idea of language, polyphonic voices, borders, and listening. Recent sound-performance works and commissions include Longitude (Rhizome, Quebec City, 2020), Eight over Two (Semi Silent, Bucharest, 2019), OPERATOR (2019), and Cells of Wind, a libretto for a one-act opera (FAWN, Toronto, 2020). Her six collections of poetry hybrids and photographs include Eight Track (Talonbooks, Vancouver, 2019), Limbinal (Talonbooks, 2015), and We, Beasts (Wolsak & Wynn, Hamilton, 2012, A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry). She has also translated many books of poetry and prose from French and Romanian, including Catherine Lalonde’s The Faerie Devouring (Book*hug, Toronto, 2018, QWF’s Cole Foundation Prize for Translation) and Bertrand Laverdure’s Readopolis (Book*hug, 2017, Governor General Literary Award for Translation). Based in Montreal, she was the 2018 Audain Visual Artist in Residence at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) and will be an artist in residence at the new media art centre OBORO (Montreal) in April 2021.