Saturday, May 16, 2020

Heidi Greco, Ken Belford, Kim Goldberg, Bill Neumire + Christina Thatcher : Virtual reading series #18

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,

Heidi Greco : “Night Watch, Lunar,” “Period of Adjustment” and “My children still bring prizes for my birthday”

A writer and editor, Heidi Greco’s most recent poetry collections are Practical Anxiety (Inanna Publications, 2018) and Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin Press, 2017). In 2018, Otter Press published an anthology which she compiled and edited, From the Heart of It All: Ten Years of Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. More information, including links to her blogs, is at her website:

Ken Belford : excerpts from Slick Reckoning

Ken Belford (1946-2020) was born to a farming family in Alberta and grew up in Vancouver. For more than thirty years, he, along with his wife and daughter, operated a non-consumptive enterprise in the unroaded mountains at the vicinity of the headwaters of the Nass and Skeena Rivers. The “self-educated lan(d)guage” poet has said that living for decades in the “back country” has afforded him a unique relationship to language that rejects the colonial impulse to write about nature, but speaks from the regions of the other. “The conventional standards of narrative and lyric poetry give me nothing. The intention of the sequences I write is to assemble words that can be messaged to the habituated souls of the city from the land-aware that live outside city limits.” His eight books of poetry are Fireweed, The Post Electric Caveman, Pathways Into the Mountains, lan(d)guage, when snakes awaken, ecologue, Decompositions, Internodes, and slick reckoning. See the folio dedicated to Ken Belford and his work here.

Kim Goldberg : “Curtain Call,” “Arrival” and “Special Collection” from Devolution

Kim Goldberg is the author of eight books of poetry and nonfiction. Her latest is Devolution (Caitlin Press, 2020)—a collection of poems and fables of ecopocalypse. Her surreal and absurdist narratives have appeared in The Capilano Review, Prairie Fire, Literary Review of Canada and Dark Mountain Books. She lives on unceded Snuneymuxw territory (Nanaimo, BC), where she is known for creating poem galleries in vacant storefronts and staging guerrilla poetry happenings in weedy waysides.

Bill Neumire : “Abstract Therapy in the Natural World,” originally published in Tupelo Quarterly

Bill Neumire's second book of poems, #TheNewCrusades, which was a finalist for the Barrow Street Prize, will be published in 2022 by Unsolicited Press. His first book, Estrus, was a semi-finalist for the 42 Miles Press Award and was reviewed in the Georgia Review. He reviews poems for Vallum and for Verdad where he also serves as poetry editor.

Christina Thatcher : “Detox Passage,” “Relapse” and “Bad Things”

Christina Thatcher is a Creative Writing Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She keeps busy off campus as Poetry Editor for The Cardiff Review, a tutor for The Poetry School, a member of the Literature Wales Management Board and as a freelance workshop facilitator across the UK. Her poetry and short stories have featured in over 50 publications including The London Magazine, North American Review, Planet Magazine, The Interpreter’s House and more. She has published two poetry collections with Parthian Books: More than you were (2017) and How to Carry Fire (2020). To learn more about Christina’s work please visit her website: or follow her on Twitter @writetoempower.

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