Seamas Cain

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Contact Information

contact name: Sťamas Cain
phone: 218.879.8628
email: seamascain@gmail.com

location address:
323 Fourth Street
Cloquet MN 55720

open to public: no

Similar Artists:
I admire the writings of William Butler Yeats, André Breton, Seán Ó Ríordáin, Diarmaid Ó Súilleabháin, Gabriel Rosenstock, Dylan Thomas, Sheila E. Murphy, Philip Lamantia, Peter Ganick, Clark Coolidge, Thomas Kinsella, Benjamin Péret, Gustaf Sobin, John Cage, Jerome Rothenberg, John M. Bennett, Jeff Harrison, Alan Sondheim, Lanny Quarles, Jim Leftwich, Richard Kostelanetz, Charles Bernstein and Bruce Andrews.

Related Organizations:
Blackthorn Theater

Experience

B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, 1973.

Awards

Grants received from the IMRAM Festival in Ireland, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minnesota Theatre Federation (for the Minnesota Theatre Festival of Companies), the McKnight Foundation, the Tozer Foundation, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the Duluth Summer Festival of the Arts, the Tweed Museum of Art, the Chisholm Museum, the Carr Trust, the Dungiven Trust, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission.

Exhibitions/Performance History

PERFORMANCE-WORKS (selected):

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“THE WAR REQUIEM” by Séamas Cain was presented on Sunday, 7 September 2014 as part of the series IN SEARCH OF PEACE at Southport Villa in the Gardens of Marsaxlokk on the Isle of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. This series of presentations, co-organized by Paul Dalli and Gertrude Spiteri on Malta, and Hatto Fischer of POIEIN KAI PRATTEIN in Athens, Greece, included the works of 26 poets from around the world.

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Scenes from “THE PRAIRIE GAELTACHT,” a poetic drama by Séamas Cain, were performed on Wednesday, 11 July 2012, at International House on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. This presentation was sponsored by the “IRELAND IN CRISIS” Conference, the 2012 International Conference of I.C.I.S., the International Congress of Irish Studies. (The play was based on stories and descriptions of three of Cain's grandparents, who were children in several Irish-speaking Utopian Colonies created in a desolate region of the western prairies of Minnesota in the 1870s-1880s.)

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On Tuesday, 10 July 2012, Séamas Cain presented a Green Paper to the I.C.I.S. International Conference, titled “THE NEW WAVE OF INNOVATIVE WRITERS IN IRELAND.”

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“THE DISCONTINUUM OF PARADISE,” a performance-script by Séamas Cain, was presented at the FLUXUS Festival of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, 20 February 2011.

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IMRAM, a national literary festival in Ireland, in association with the Dublin City Arts Centre, presented “tríd an gcoill” by Séamas Cain and the Czech sound-artist Slávek Kwi. This Art Installation with recorded and/or live performances took place from Thursday, 23 September through Monday, 27 September 2010 at the Grapevine Space of CITY ARTS, 15 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1, Ireland.

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While in Dublin, Cain spoke at the Mater Dei University Institute on his memories of the poet Allen Ginsberg, with Cain's own insights on the poem HOWL. That presentation, on Tuesday, 28 September 2010, as the John Devitt Poetry Seminar, was co-sponsored by the Dublin group Wurm im Apfel and the Mater Dei Institute.

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IMRAM, a national literary festival in Ireland, in association with the Dublin City Arts Centre and TíAitreo Teoranta, presented the drama “THE PRAIRIE GAELTACHT” by Séamas Cain, in performances on Monday and Tuesday, 20 and 21 September 2010 at CITY ARTS in Dublin.

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“THE WAR REQUIEM,” a performance-work by Séamas Cain, was presented on Saturday, 11 September 2004 as WORLD SIMULTANEOUS ACTIONS by Mideo M. Cruz and the Ugat Lahi Artist Collective at Big Sky Mind, Cubao, Quezon City, the Philippines; the Katribu Artist Collective in Matina Park, Davao City, the Philippines; the Kedai Kebun Forum in Jogjakarta, Indonesia; Antonio Sassu and Gruppo Sinestetico in Torreglia (PG) Italy; Massimo Zanasi with Spazio Arka on Sardinia; Kanat Ibraghimov in Moscow, Russia; Carlos Pina in Barcelona, Spain; Alexander Del Re in Santiago de Chile; Leonardo Gonzalez Castillo in Valparaiso, Chile; Chaw Ei Thien in Rangoon, Burma; and Blackthorn Theater in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota in the U.S.

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“100 AÑOS DE SALVADOR DALÍ,” a performance-poem of Séamas Cain, was presented on Tuesday, 11 May 2004 at the Galería de Arte in the Parque Avellaneda of the city of San Miguel de Tucumán in Argentina. The performance was organized by Mónica Vallejo.

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“THE HORSE NETTLE”, a performance-poem of Séamas Cain, was performed by Séamas Cain on Sunday, 23 November 2003 in Seneca Park at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois.

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“A SCOTTISH CASTLE,” a performance-poem by Séamas Cain, was performed by Séamas Cain on Tuesday, 25 March 2003, at The Forest Arts Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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“RUINS,” a performance-work of Séamas Cain, was presented in Gaelic on Tuesday, 25 March 2003, in the ruins of Holyrood Abbey at Edinburgh, Scotland. This language-centered multimedia event was sponsored by A' CHOMHAIRLE NA GÀIDHLIG.

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“WAR,” a performance-poem of Séamas Cain, was performed by Séamas Cain on Thursday, 20 March 2003, in the Courtyard of the British Library — at King's Cross, London, England.

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“EL FIN DE LA GUERRA (THE END OF THE WAR),” a performance-work by Séamas Cain, was performed by Josué Donoso and Jonathan Vivanco, in conjunction with Alexander Del Re, at the Festival SENSORIAL on Saturday, 23 November 2002 in the barrio Miraflores, Viña del Mar, in Chile. SENSORIAL was organized by Leonardo González and Mauricio Morales at the Universidad Andrés Bello of Viña del Mar in Chile.

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“CLOCKTOWER,” a performance-work of Séamas Cain, was presented on Tuesday, November 2002 on the steps in front of the Clocktower on the campus of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. After the performance, Séamas Cain spoke to an audience in Special Collections at the Main Library of Colby College on “DISRUPTION AND INNOVATION IN THE ARTS: Bern Porter, Dick Higgins and the FLUXUS Movement.”

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“FREE PARKING,” a performance script of Séamas Cain — sparked by a controversy in Bangkok, Thailand — was written for Varsha Nair and Savinee Buranasilapin for events at the Art Gallery of the Centre of Academic Resources at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, on Wednesday, 14 August through Saturday, 31 August 2002.

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“THE DAFFODILS,” a performance-poem by Séamas Cain, was performed by Séamas Cain at dawn on Monday, 19 August 2002 in the Sculpture Garden of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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“SEATURTLES,” a performance script by Séamas Cain, was performed at dawn on Saturday, 10 August 2002 by Mary Roe O'Neill at the sea-level megalith of Creevykeel in County Sligo, Ireland.

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Séamas Cain's play “GEOGRAPHY!” was performed in the ruins of Dungiven Priory, Dungiven, County Derry, Northern Ireland, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 4, 5, and 6 March 1994.

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“BOOM,” Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 5, 6, and 7 March 1993. Performed by Blackthorn Theater at the ruins of Dungiven Priory in County Derry, Ireland.

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“TOWER,” Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8, 9, and 10 March 1990. Performed at the Whitechapel Arts Centre in London, England.

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“IBIS,” December 26, 1983. Solo-performance on Sanibel Island in the gulf of Mexico.

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“THE FOREST” (live performance with video) 4 August 1982. UCLA Video Center, Melnitz Hall, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

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“QUANTA,” 17, 18, and 19 June 1982, at the Temple Opera House in Duluth, Minnesota. Performed by Blackthorn Theater.

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“GEOGRAPHY,” 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 June 1981. Commissioned by the Duluth Summer Festival of the Arts.

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“TRISTAN,” 26, 27, and 28 June 1980. Sponsored by the Duluth Summer Festival of the Arts.

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“QUATERNITY, COOTS, AND MOORCOCKS,” 16 September 1979. Performed at the Salmon Weir, Galway, Ireland.

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“THE NATION OF ATLANTIS,” 19, 20, and 21 July 1979. 3, 4, and 5 July 1980. Sponsored by the Duluth Art Institute.

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“HELEN,” 12 May 1979, at the Minnesota Theatre Festival of Companies. Sponsored by the Minnesota Theatre Federation, with performances at the Frey Theatre in St. Paul.

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“DISINTEGRATING THROAT,” 29 June 1978. Performed on the bridges over river Corrib, Galway, Ireland.

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“ORPHEUS IN THE ICE,” 5 May 1978, at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth. Commissioned for the Arts Leadership Conference, the state-convention of Alliance for the Arts in Education.

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“LEGS,” 13 June 1976. Performed in the Liberties in Dublin, Ireland.

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“LA MORTE DI BOCCACCIO,” 19, 20, 21, and 22 May 1976. Performances — directed by Séamas Cain as playwright — by the Teatro GARE in Rome, Italy. Cain was subsequently a participant in the “International Congress on the Liturgical Dimensions of Medieval Drama” in Viterbo, Italy.

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“MEDIEVAL IRELAND,” 14, 15, 16, and 17 January 1976. Sponsored by the Duluth Art Institute.

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“CREEVYKEEL: (a performance-work),” 29, 30, and 31 January 1975. Sponsored by the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth.

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“THE COMEDY OF WILLFULNESS,” 20, 21, and 22 November 1972. Sponsored by the Tweed Museum of Art.

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Collections

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE AVANT WRITING COLLECTION at Ohio State University in Columbus. Rare Books and Special Collections at OSU holds the Archives for William S. Burroughs, Sheila E. Murphy, Alan Sondheim, Richard Kostelanetz, John M. Bennett, Peter Ganick, Scott MacLeod and other avant writers.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE BERN PORTER COLLECTION in Special Collections at the Libraries of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Bern Porter, of Bern Porter Books, the first person to publish book-length work by Henry Miller, Philip Lamantia, Gregory Corso and other “beat” poets, collected these chapbooks himself. Porter, after a life-time of involvement in the visual and literary arts, placed his collection at Colby College. It includes first-edition works by James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, the “beats,” and others.

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Books and chapbooks by Séamas Cain are included in the archive collection of THE BANCROFT LIBRARY on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The Cain chapbooks were acquired by The Bancroft in a purchase “from the personal library of Philip Lamantia.” The Bancroft also purchased “The Papers of Philip Lamantia,” which contain correspondence from Séamas Cain.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE POETRY COLLECTION at the University of Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo, in the state of New York (it is the largest collection of modernist and post-modernist poetry in the world).

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE CELTIC COLLECTION of the Niedersächsische Staats und Universitätsbibliothek at Göttingen, Germany; THE CELTIC COLLECTION of the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; THE IRISH COLLECTION of the Walsh Library at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey; Special Collections and Rare Books at the National Library of Ireland; and Special Collections at Ussher Library of Trinity College Dublin.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE COLLECTION at Simon Fraser University of Burnaby, British Columbia in Canada.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in the avantgarde JESSE GLASS COLLECTION of the Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

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Work and correspondence from Séamas Cain are included in “The Papers of Max Blechman” at the Tamiment Library of New York University (NYU). This Blechman Collection also contains letters from Paul Avrich, Cornelius Castoriadis, Diane Di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Pietro Ferrua, Jean-Luc Godard, Jackson MacLow, Judith Malina, Kenneth Rexroth, and Gary Snyder, among others.

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Five chapbooks of poems by Séamas Cain are also included in THE AVANTGARDE POETRY COLLECTION at the University of California, Davis. Special Collections at Davis holds the Archives for the Living Theater and the Firehouse Theater (Séamas Cain was active with the members of both of these theater companies, and an influence on some of their earliest work).

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Publications

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“CREEVYKEEL: (a performance-work).” “HELEN: (a performance-work).” These two performance-art scripts by Séamas Cain were published in October of 2014 by The Otter Press at College Farm House, Mill Lane, Wellington, Shropshire, England, TF1 1PR.

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“solas eile,” an artist's book by Séamas Cain, written in Irish Gaelic, was published in October of 2014 by Wurm Press at Portarlington, County Laois, Ireland.

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“THE DANGEROUS ISLANDS,” a 240-page novel by Séamas Cain, was published in October of 2011 by The Red Jasper Press in Dublin, Ireland.

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“TRÍD AN gCOILL,” a DVD in Irish Gaelic of a recitation by Séamas Cain of a long postmodern forest poem, surrounded by Slávek Kwi with a stereo-mix of the sounds of nature from Dromore Woods in County Clare, was published in May of 2011 by the IMRAM Festival in Dublin, Ireland.

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“TRÍD AN gCOILL,” a CD in Irish Gaelic of a recitation by Séamas Cain of a long postmodern forest poem, surrounded by Slávek Kwi with a stereo-mix of the sounds of nature from Dromore Woods in County Clare, was published in September of 2010 by the IMRAM Festival in Dublin, Ireland.

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“CASTLE BROUGHTY,” written by Séamas Cain in English and Scottish Gaelic, a sequence of 100 minimal poems with counter-texts, was published in 2008 by The Gillyflower in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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“TRÍD AN gCOILL,” written by Séamas Cain in Irish Gaelic, a long postmodern forest poem, was published in 2008 by The Red Jasper in Dublin, Ireland.

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“SPARULUS,” an artist's book written by Séamas Cain in Old Celtic or Gaulish, a poem of birds, was published in 2008 for the Miche-Art-Universalis in Merksplas, Belgium.

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“INCONGRUITIES” by Séamas Cain was published in 2005 by The Otter Press in Shropshire, England. INCONGRUITIES is a non-traditional collection of short stories, poems, essays, and performance-texts.

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“MARANNAN,” written by Séamas Cain in Scottish Gaelic, a long postmodern sea poem, was published in 2005 by The Forest Arts Centre, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1EY.

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“ORESTES : (a performance-work).” “MEDIEVAL IRELAND : (a performance-work).” These two performance-art scripts by Séamas Cain were published in 2004 by The Otter Press in Shropshire, England.

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“THE PERISHERS OF PEARLS.” “INDEX OF REFRACTION.” These two chapbooks of poetry by Séamas Cain were published in 1986 and 1987 by the Silver Birch Press, 16 Ravensdene Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT6 0DA.

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“THE MAGIC OPAL.” “THE EXHUMATION OF MOZART.” “BIRD'S FOOT.” These three chapbooks of poetry by Séamas Cain were published in 1980 and 1981 by the Duluth Art Institute, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55802.

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“NAOSCA, an artist's book written by Séamas Cain in Irish Gaelic, a poem of birds, was published in 1974 by the Silva Gadelica Press in Ardagh, County Longford, Ireland.

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Biographical Information

Country of Citizenship:
Ireland

Birth Date:
January 4, 1944

Gender:
Male

Active Place:
Minnesota, Ireland, Scotland

Minnesota County:
Carlton

Artist Information


Roles

Poet

Artist's Website

http://seamascain-writernetwork.org