Essential CA

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It is essential, right now, at this very moment, to embrace your creativity, if you used to paint, if you used to write poems then write again or paint again, just do it, do it now, right now! When we are creative we are able to make better decisions, we are able to see more deeply the world around us and can therefore see what needs to be done to make life better, not just for ourselves but for everyone, ever person and every other living thing. The trappings of money and power are of course in the art world and with writers, but that can happen while the rest of us are dedicating ourselves to our skills, sharpening them every single day of our lives. What I have discovered in doing and teaching (Soma)tic rituals for over a decade now is that when people find themselves stuck, unable to write, paint, dance, these rituals build a bridge back to that vital part of themselves.

CACONRAD

NEW MOON (SOMA)TIC POETRY RITUALS

FRIDAY APRIL 28TH & SATURDAY APRIL 29TH

6:30- 9:30PM

knife | fork | book

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SEE/HEAR CACONRAD with JEFF KIRBY APRIL 27TH #THURSDAYNIGHTPOETS at KFB 

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Friday’s opus

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THIS WEEK | THURSDAY FRIDAY NIGHT POETS

ULRIKKA S. GERNES + CASSIDY MCFADZEAN

FRIDAY APRIL 21ST

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish

knife | fork | book
at Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market | Toronto

CASSIDY MCFADZEAN is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart 2015), winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards and shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in magazines in Canada and the US including Prelude, Witch Craft Magazine, PRISM international and Best Canadian Poetry 2016. Cassidy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently at work on a second collection.
ULRIKKA S. GERNES was born in 1965 in Sweden of Danish parents. In 2001 A Sudden Sky: Selected Poems, translated into English by Per Brask and Patrick Friesen, was published by Brick Books. Frayed Opus for String & Wind Instruments, the second translation of Ulrikka’s work published by Brick Books (2015), was a finalist for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. She lives in Copenhagen, Denmark with her daughter Perle.

Where the books are

 

NORMAN NEHMETALLAH (Coach House Books) and myself were off to visit our moms this weekend (his in Windsor, mine in Toledo), which afforded us the grand occasion to meet up at Norman’s old haunt, Windsor’s independent publishing phenom BIBLIOASIS, an oasis it certainly is. Tina was in full welcome mode, and I stocked up on some early Merwin. Love to Dan and all there keeping the hearth bustling. Return plans soon.

Bow down, mister

 

TONIGHT | THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

KELLEY AITKEN | NANCY VIVA DAVIS HALIFAX | MAUREEN HYNES | DILYS LEMAN | SUE MACLEOD | SHEILA STEWART

THE INCONVENIENTS
APRIL 13TH

knife | fork | book
at Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish
KELLEY AITKEN is a writer and artist. Canadian Shield, a collection of short stories informed by the Canadian wilderness was launched by Tightrope books in June of this year.  Her earlier collection, Love in a Warm Climate, The Porcupine’s Quill, ’98 was nominated for the Commonwealth prize, Best First Book, Canadian Caribbean Region. She is the co-editor of the anthology First Writes, The Banff Press, ‘05. She teaches drawing in the collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Aga Khan Museum. She is currently working on a collection of essays about drawing and museum space.
NANCY VIVA DAVIS HALIFAX was born on the North shore of New Brunswick. she has one poetry collection, hook (Hugh Maclennan Poetry series, McGill Queen’s University Press). she is currently at work on her second. her writing and thinking orients toward what flickers at the threshold. her life is entangled with a glorious array of sparkly embodied wonderfuls….
MAUREEN HYNES’s book, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, and her fourth book of poetry, The Poison Colour, was shortlisted for both the Raymond Souster and Pat Lowther Awards in 2016. Her work has been included in over 20 anthologies, including Best Canadian Poems in English 2010 and 2016, and twice longlisted for the CBC Canada Reads poetry contest. Maureen is poetry editor for Our Times magazine. (www.maureenhynes.com).
Originally from Ottawa, DILYS LEMAN is a Toronto poet and freelance writer and editor. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Winter Count, was released with McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2014. Cactus Press published her chapbook, The Lunacy Commission, in 2012. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various literary journals such as ArcGrainPrairie Fire and CV2.
SUE MACLEOD is a poet, fiction writer and freelance editor. Namesake, her first Young Adult novel, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim. Her third book of poetry, Mood Swing, with Pear, appeared in 2016. Sue has taught poetry at Dalhousie University and the Art Gallery of Ontario. A resident of Toronto until 2015, she now lives happily, but inconveniently, in Montréal.
SHEILA STEWART has two poetry collections, The Shape of a Throat (Signature Editions) and A Hat to Stop a Train (Wolsak and Wynn). She co-edited The Art of Poetic Inquiry (Backalong Books). Sheila’s poetry has been recognized by the gritLIT Contest, the Pottersfield Portfolio Short Poem Contest, and the Scarborough Arts Council Windows on Words Award. Her work has been published in such journals as The Antigonish Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, New Quarterly, Room, and Toronto Quarterly. She teaches at New College, U of T. Visit Sheila at www.sheilastewart.ca