WILL AITKEN is a Montreal novelist and journalist. His novels include Realia (Random House Canada, 2000), A Visit Home (Simon & Schuster, 1993) and Terre Haute (Double day, 1989). As a writer/broadcaster covering film, visual arts, architecture and design, he has worked for the CBC, the BBC and NPR. His arts journalism and essays have appeared in the Globe & Mail, The National Post, Maclean’s, The Paris Review, The Threepenny Review and many other publications in North America and Europe. In collaboration with Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson, he has directed productions of her spoken - word opera, Decreation, in Montreal, London and Berlin. Aitken is a Maclean Hunter arts fellow. This project is Aitken’s third collaboration with Pao Quang Yeh.