KFB Closed This Week (Nov 15-18th)

Forces collide

Every once in awhile, forces collide, like minds surge/ignite, sparks fly. Such was our experience meeting Brooklyn-based artist, poet, publisher, The Operating System‘s LYNNE DE-SILVA JOHNSON, who I simply refer to as “the Force.” To have but a vial of her energies, (but, you get that upon meeting). She’s a firebrand. She cares deeply about her craft and building community. And, you want her on your side. KFB will be publishing her new chapbook, Sweet and Low, next year as well as collaborating on other projects. And, she has asked her good friend, poet SARAH PINDER (COMMON PLACE Coach House Books, 2017) to read with her. There will be a brief ‘Craft Chat’ between her and Kirby following the reading.




knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish
SARAH PINDER is the author of Cutting Room (Coach House Books, 2012) and Common Place (Coach House Books, 2017). Her writing has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards, and included in magazines like Geist, Arc and Poetry is Dead. A long time zine-maker, you can also find her work in Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Whether working with individuals, organizations, or communities, my raison d’être is evolution.
Above all, I’m interested in our unique capacity as an intelligent organism to constantly adapt and level up our abilities, our systems, and – as a result – our satisfaction with life.
Inspired by biological systems – and committed to considering our impact, always, on our environment — my passion is helping others to learn (and build!) agile, sustainable, efficient practices and models for the best possible life lived here, together, in the anthropocene (such as it is), and to encourage Open Source / P2P sharing of our learning along the way, for the good of the whole.
As a maker of art and a publisher, I am driven by a concern with the future of the archive as well as the ontological repercussions of that future. I strive to make, publish, and archive radical, experimental, critical work and process material that represents the most original (never the most popular) thinking happening today, most in danger of being lost to the record in an age of capital media control and a move to digitalization.
You can read more about my philosophy and work herehere, and here, and find projects and publications at The Operating System.

Typical Tuesdays

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Tuesdays (and every day) are for poets.  knife | fork | book

Pictured: Socks. Poets, Torben Robertson, Richard Keith , and Susan Alexander  (on Torben’s 25th). Poet Khashayar Mohammadi. The shop late afternoon. Bookselling at poet, Anne Michaels, reading from her latest, All We Saw (McClelland & Stewart) at the Heliconian Club Salon Series. Kirby and Anne. Tomorrow by Mark Strand.
Photos: KIRBY

Poetry illustrated

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knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish
SHIRLEY CAMIA is a Filipina-Canadian poet. She is the author of three collections of poetry: the forthcoming Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017), The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press, 2015) and Calliope (Libros Libertad, 2011). Her work has been featured in North American publications such as The New Quarterly and the Winnipeg Free Press, and is forthcoming in TAYO and the anthology, My Lot is a Sky, from Math Paper Press in Singapore. Born in Winnipeg, Shirley has lived across Canada, the Philippines, Japan and Kenya. She is currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
JOYCE JODIE HA-EUN KIM is a Toronto-based artist inspired by the testimonies and lives around her. She loves to draw and paint sights or fleeting moments that are often overlooked. Joyce is a fine-arts student, currently attending the Ontario College of Arts and Design University (OCAD U).

‘such fire’


I’ll let you go, he says before hanging up, although he never has.

LYNN CROSBIE The Corpses of the Future

But why / should I unravel over all this remembering? / Great thing about landing / is that I’ve arrived

CANISIA LUBRIN Voodoo Hypothesis




knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish
LYNN CROSBIE was born in Montreal and is a cultural critic, author, and poet. A Ph.D. in English literature with a background in visual studies, she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her books (of poetry and prose) include Queen Rat, Dorothy L’Amour, Liar, and her latest The Corpses of the Future (Anansi 2017). She is also the author of the controversial book, Paul’s CaseLife Is About Losing Everything and the Trillium Book Award-nominated novel Where Did You Sleep Last Night. She is a contributing editor at Fashion and a National Magazine Award winner who has written about sports, style, art, and music.
CANISIA LUBRIN was born in St. Lucia. Her greatly anticipated debut collection, VOODOO HYPOTHESIS (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017), was released to accolades and praise. Her writings can also be found in RoomThe PuritanThis MagazineArcCV2and The City Series #3: Toronto Anthology. She has been an arts administrator and community advocate for close to two decades. She currently co-hosts Pivot Reading Series (w/Michelle Brown).  Lubrin has contributed to the podcast On The Line, hosted by Kate Sutherland for The Rusty Toque. She studied at York University where she won the President’s Prize in poetry and the Sylvia Ellen Hirsch Memorial Award in creative writing. Lubrin holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and teaches at Humber College. She lives in Whitby, Ontario.