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Improvisation, Text and Media Co-coordinator, Co-investigator, University of British Columbia Site Manager, Member of the Executive Committee

University of British Columbia

Dr. McNeilly was a coordinator of Comin’ Out Swingin’: Sexualities in Improvisation and Power Play: Improvisation and Sport colloquia held in November 2007 and February 2009 at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches Cultural Studies in the English Department. He published "friend / to any / word: Steve Lacy Scores Tom Raworth" in Mosaic 42.1 (2009), as well as numerous essays on poetry, critical theory, television and improvised music. He is currently at work on a study of Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and the poetics of listening. He holds a doctorate from Queen’s University, and was a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universirty of British Columbia.

Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace