a series of video recordings of contemporary poets reading from their work, prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellations, shut-downs and isolations; a reading series you can enjoy in the safety of your own protected space,
Adeena Karasick : “Dance For Me” from Salome: Woman of Valor Project
Adeena Karasick is a New York based Canadian poet, performer, cultural theorist and media artist and the author of ten books of poetry and poetics. Her Kabbalistically inflected, urban, Jewish feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard), “proto-ecstatic jet-propulsive word torsion” (George Quasha), noted for their “cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory” (Charles Bernstein) demonstrating how desire flows through language, an unstoppable flood of allusion (both literary and pop-cultural), word-play, and extravagant and outrageous sound-work.” (Mark Scroggins). Most recently is Checking In (Talonbooks, 2018) and Salomé: Woman of Valor (University of Padova Press, Italy, 2017), the libretto for her Spoken Word opera. She teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Dept. at Pratt Institute, is Poetry Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award recipient and winner of the 2016 Voce Donna Italia award for her contributions to feminist thinking and 2018 winner of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” is established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.
Pearl Pirie : “Sex at 38” (Sex in Sevens, above/ground, 2016) and “in the room grown dark” (footlights, Radiant, 2020)
Pearl Pirie’s fourth collection, footlights, comes in the fall 2020 from Radiant Press. Her newest chapbook is Not Quite Dawn (Éditions des petits nuages, March, 2020). Her epistle haibun chapbook, Water loves its bridges: Letters to the dead, is due out in Dec 2020 from The Alfred Gustav Press by subscription.
Paul Brookes : “The Home", "The Seem", "Folk Are Born Tall"
Paul Brookes is a shop asst. Lives in a cat house full of teddy bears. His chapbooks are The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley (Dearne Community Arts, 1993), The Headpoke and Firewedding (Alien Buddha Press, 2017), A World Where and She Needs That Edge (Nixes Mate Press, 2017, 2018), The Spermbot Blues (OpPRESS, 2017), Port Of Souls (Alien Buddha Press, 2018), Please Take Change (Cyberwit.net, 2018), Stubborn Sod, with Marcel Herms (artist) (Alien Buddha Press, 2019), As Folk Over Yonder (Afterworld Books, 2019). Forthcoming Khoshhali with Hiva Moazed (artist), Ghost Holiday (Final book of threesome "A Pagan's Year"). He is a contributing writer of Literati Magazine and Editor of Wombwell Rainbow Interviews.
Manahil Bandukwala : “10 Resolutions for 2020,” “The Farthest Mosque”
Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani writer and visual artist currently living in Ottawa. She is the co-lead of Reth aur Reghistan, a literary-visual exploration of folklore from Pakistan in collaboration with her sister, Nimra. She is the Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, and is on the editorial board of Canthius. She has authored and illustrated two chapbooks, Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Pipe Rose (battleaxe press, 2018). Her work has appeared in The Puritan, Room, PRISM, carte blanche, and other places.
Margo LaPierre : “Subdued, [a forecast]” (after rob mclennan’s poem, “Subtitled, [a primer]”), “Manic Wire,” published in G U E S T #1 (above/ground press).
Margo LaPierre (www.margolapierreeditor.com) is a queer, bipolar Canadian poet and editor. Her debut collection of poetry, Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes, was published by Guernica Editions in 2017. She is a poetry selector for Bywords.ca, Newsletter Editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, and Membership Chair of the Editors Canada Ottawa-Gatineau branch. Her work has been published in filling Station, CAROUSEL, Train Journal, and others. She/her. @margolapierre