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.