Monday, November 16, 2020

Kevin Spenst, Kyle Kinaschuk, Andrew K. Peterson, Buck Downs + Andy Weaver : virtual reading series #22

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,

Kevin Spenst : “To Risk Throwing the Guts,” “How do I Lust After Thee?” and “The Woman Who Once Lived in a Bus”

Kevin Spenst is the author of over a dozen chapbooks and his latest full-length book of poetry is Hearts Amok (Anvil Press). He lives on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver) where he teaches Creative Writing at VCC, co-hosts poetry interviews on Wax Poetic (CFRO 100.5FM), and explores possibilities with the love of his life Shauna Kaendo.

Kyle Kinaschuk : “[mr_030]” and “[rr-029]”

Kyle Kinaschuk is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. Kyle’s poetry and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Studies in Canadian Literature, Studies in Philosophy and Education, The Capilano Review, Contemporary Verse 2, PRISM international, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, COLLECTIONS-14 (above/ground press, 2019).

Andrew K. Peterson : “Decisions from the Din,” “Poem for Nasty Women” and “Born at Night”

Andrew K. Peterson is the author of four poetry books, most recently Good Game (Spuyten Duyvil, 2020), His 2017 chapbook The Big Game Is Every Night was mailed to the White House alongside other publications from Moria Books’ politically-based Locofo Chaps series. A previous chapbook bonjour meriwether and the rabid maps (Fact-Simile Press) was featured in an exhibition on poets’ maps at the Univ. of Arizona’s Poetry Center. In 2017 he co-organized the Boston Poetry Marathon, a three-day poetry event. He co-founded and edits the literary journal summer stock, and lives in Boston.

Buck Downs : “night hydro,” “the cop dilemma” and “fake it til you make it,” from Whoever Sees My Garden Discovers I Must Have Some Other Garden (2020), available at

Buck Downs's latest book is Another Tricky Day (above/ground). A new project, sticker-poems, can be previewed on Instagram (@thesomethingfornothing).

Andy Weaver : from “The Loom”

Andy Weaver has published three books of poetry, most recently this (Chaudiere, 2015). For the last few years, he has been working on a book-length serial poem poem, called The Loom, which works through the idea of love in relation to becoming a father. He teaches contemporary poetry and poetics at York University.

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