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,
Julia Polyck-O’Neill : “Cell Atlas,” “poem for flesh,” “the theory of the maternal imagination (after Rosi Braidotti’s “Monsters, Mothers, and Machines”),” “the theory of (imagi)nation,” “poem for a new geography,” all from the suite Cell Atlas
Julia Polyck-O’Neill is an artist, curator, critic, and writer. She is completing a SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary and comparative doctoral dissertation at Brock University, examining connections between contemporary conceptualist literature and art in Vancouver. She was a 2017-18 visiting lecturer in Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and is a 2019-20 Fellow of the Electronic Literature Organization. She was recently awarded a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to work in York University’s Sensorium Lab. Her critical writing has been published in Canadian Literature, English Studies in Canada, BC Studies, Tripwire, Prefix, and elsewhere, and she has published three poetry chapbooks with above/ground press.
Aaron Tucker : excerpt from Catalogue d'oiseaux
Aaron Tucker's most recent work is the novel Y (Coach House Books) which was recently translated into French as Oppenheimer (Éditions La Peuplade); he has a forthcoming poetry collection titled Catalogue d'oiseuax with Book*hug Press in the Spring of 2021. His prior books also include the poetry collections punchlines (Mansfield Press) and Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp (Book*hug Press) as well as the cinema studies texts Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema and Virtual Weaponry (both with Palgrave Press). He is currently a VISTA and Elia scholar undertaking his PhD in the Cinema and Media Studies department at York University where he is studying the moving images of facial recognition software.
Claire Kelly : “As if you steeped and drank these streets" from Maunder (Palimpsest Press 2017),” “Her Pillow Smells of the Special” from One Thing – Then Another (ECW Press 2019)
Claire Kelly has written two full-length poetry collections, One Thing – Then Another (ECW Press 2019) and Maunder (Palimpsest Press 2017), and a chapbook forthcoming with Rahila’s Ghost Press, Another Final Girl. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada and has recently focused on horror films (but with feminism!) and the apocalyptic nothingness that is becoming the certain future of Earthlings (but with jokes!). She lives and writes on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton.
Su Croll : “Head-on collision,” “Side track” and “Loco motion” from Cold Metal Stairs (Turnstone Press, 2019), a book commemorating her father’s dementia and death.
Su Croll’s two previous books, Worlda Mirth and Blood Mother, have been awarded or nominated for The Kalamalka New Writers Competition, the Gerald Lampert Award, the Stephan G Stephansson Award, and the Canadian Author’s Association Poetry Award. A short selection of poems from Cold Metal Stairs was long-listed for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize. “Side track” was short-listed for Arc’s 2018 Poem of the Year Award. Her novel, Seeing Martin, is slated for publication with Pedlar Press. Su Croll lives in Edmonton.
Christian McPherson : “One Poem” from One Poem (Now Or Never Publishing, 2017)
Christian McPherson is a poet and novelist. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and their two kids. He has written a bunch of books including The Cube People, Saving Her, and My Life in Pictures. If he isn’t out walking his dogs, driving his son to hockey practice or his daughter to cheerleading, he is usually sneaking off to the movies. Walking on the Beaches of Temporal Candy is his new book of poetry coming out this fall from At Bay Press.