Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Nicole Raziya Fong, Julie Joosten, Joanna Lilley, Jules Arita Koostachin + Sarah Ens : virtual reading series #17

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,


Nicole Raziya Fong is a poet living in Montréal. She is the author of PEЯFACT (Talonbooks, 2019). Past work has appeared in publications including Social Text, carte blanche, The Volta and filling Station as well as in translation in Exit, OEI & Revue Watts.

Julie Joosten : “[whose hair is yellower than torchlight]”

Julie Joosten is the author Nought, which is coming out with Book*hug this month.  Her first book, Light Light, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry.  She lives in Toronto.

Joanna Lilley : “Necrofauna,” “Off course” and “Garden Lion”

Joanna Lilley is an award-winning poet living in Whitehorse. Born in the UK yet always drawn north, Joanna settled in the Yukon 14 years ago where she lives in a log home beside the boreal forest. Endlings is her fifth book and third collection of poetry.

Jules Arita Koostachin : “Shaking Tent”

Cree from the Ancestral lands of Moshkeko, and a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Jules Arita Koostachin was born in Moose Factory, Ontario where she was raised by her Cree grandparents. She is a PhD candidate with GRSJ at UBC with a focus on Indigenous documentary practices. Jules is an actor, academic, writer and a filmmaker. Her media arts practice addresses socio-political issues that urban and rural Indigenous peoples face.

Sarah Ens : "Wuthering: A Comprehensive Guide”

Sarah Ens grew up in Treaty 1 territory (Landmark, MB) and is currently a writer and editor based in Treaty 6 territory (Saskatoon, SK). Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals including Prairie Fire, Arc Poetry Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, Poetry Is Dead, Room Magazine, and SAD Mag. In 2019, she won The New Quarterly's Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and placed 2nd in CV2's 2-Day Poem Contest. She also won 1st place in Room Magazine's 2018 Short Forms Contest. Sarah is a current MFA in Writing candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. The World Is Mostly Sky is her first book.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Rob Manery, Eléna Rivera, Beatriz Hausner, Peter Midgley + Lydia Unsworth : virtual reading series #16

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,

Rob Manery : “As They Say (for Peter Culley)”

Rob Manery is the author of It's Not As If It Hasn't Been Said Before (Tsunami Editons) and The Richter-Rauzer Variations (above/ground press). He lives in Vancouver (the territory of the Coast Salish peoples) where he edits Some magazine.

Eléna Rivera : “Movement in the Lower Region”
Published by the Chicago Review, Issue 63:03/04, Winter/Spring 2020
Read on March 31, 2020, 5:15 PM in New York City

Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City and raised in Paris, France. Her third full-length collection of poetry Scaffolding (2017) was published by Princeton University Press in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation and was a recent recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony (2020). www.elenarivera.net

Beatriz Hausner : an excerpt from “The Dream of Theodora”

Beatriz Hausner has published several poetry collections, including The Wardrobe Mistress, Sew Him Up, and Enter the Raccoon. Her books have been published internationally and translated into several languages, most recently Greek. Hausner is a respected historian and translator of Latin American Surrealism, with recent essays published in The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism in 2019. Her translations of César Moro and the poets of Mandrágora, as well as of others, have exerted an important influence on her work. Hausner’s history of advocacy in Canadian literary culture is also well known: she has worked as a literary programmer in Toronto, her hometown, was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission and is currently President of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada. Her latest poetry book Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart has just been released by Book*hug Press.

Peter Midgley : “you cannot write this down,” “let us not think of them as barbarians,” “words melt in his mouth” and “a history of dust”

Peter Midgley is an editor from Edmonton. He writes in English and in Afrikaans, and translates poetry from several languages. His latest collection, let us not think of them as barbarians, is shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.

Lydia Unsworth : “Seasoning”

Lydia Unsworth has published two collections of poetry: Certain Manoeuvres (KFS Press, 2018) and Nostalgia for Bodies (2018 Erbacce Poetry Prize), and two pamphlets (above / ground press and Ghost City Press). Her latest pamphlet YIELD (KFS Press) and debut novel Distant Hills (Atlatl Press) are forthcoming in 2020. Recent work can be found in SPAM, Bath Magg and Blackbox Manifold. Twitter: @lydiowanie 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Shaindel Beers, Mari-Lou Rowley, Grant Loveys, Amanda Deutch + Adrienne Gruber : virtual reading series #15

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,

Shaindel Beers : Parts 1 and 2 of “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Pelican” from Secure Your Own Mask
Shaindel Beers is author of the poetry collections A Brief History of Time (Salt Publishing, 2009), The Children’s War and Other Poems (Salt, 2013), and Secure Your Own Mask (White Pine Press, 2018). Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, in eastern Oregon’s high desert, and serves as poetry editor of Contrary.

Mari-Lou Rowley : “Suicide Psalms 18 & 46” and “Survival Psalms” (Suicide Psalms, Anvil Press 2008)

Mari-Lou Rowley has encountered a timber wolf, come between a black bear and her cub, interviewed an Italian astronaut, found over 66 four-leaf clovers, and published nine collections of poetry. Her most recent books are Unus Mundus (Anvil Press 2013) and Transforium (JackPine Press 2012) in collaboration with visual artist Tammy Lu. NumenRology is forthcoming from Anvil Press in Spring 2021. Her work has appeared internationally in literary, arts and science-related journals including the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics (US) and Aesthetica Magazine’s (UK) Creative Works Competition, and is forthcoming in Golden Handcuffs Review. She is a Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholar, currently in the throes of finishing her PhD dissertation on social media, neurophenomenology and empathy.

Grant Loveys : “Talk to Me”

Grant Loveys’s Our Gleaming Bones Unrobed was The Globe and Mail Readers’ Pick for the best poetry collection of 2012. He lives in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Amanda Deutch : “Weight of Home,” “Sonnet for a Broken Washer” (read by Maggie, the Monster)

Amanda Deutch is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. Her poems have been published in the New York Times, The Rumpus, Cimarron Review, and Oversound, among others. The author of six chapbooks, her most recent chapbooks are: bodega night pigeon riot (above/ground press, 2020) and Surf Avenue & 29th Street, Coney Island (Least Weasel Press, 2018). She has been a writer-in-residence at The Betsy Writer’s Room (Miami) and Footpaths to Creativity (Azores). Deutch is the Founder and Executive Director of Parachute Literary Arts, a Coney Island-based community arts non-profit.

Adrienne Gruber : “Questions” and “Haikus for Baby Blues”

Adrienne Gruber is the author of three books of poetry, Q & A (Book*hug), Buoyancy Control (Book*hug) and This is the Nightmare (Thistledown Press), and five chapbooks. Her chapbook Mimic was awarded the bp Nichol Chapbook Award in 2012. Adrienne lives in Vancouver with her partner and two daughters.

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