Beckman Frym Still




Gloria FRYM

Jennifer STILL

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JOSHUA BECKMAN was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. Most recently, he has co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.
GLORIA FRYM is a poet and prose writer.  Her most recent book is The True Patriot, a collection of proses (Spuyten Duyvil).   She is the author of other short story collections–Distance No Object (City Lights Books), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)–as well as many volumes of poetry, including The Stage Stop Motel and Mind Over Matter.  Her book Homeless at Home received an American Book Award.  She is twice a recipient of The Fund for Poetry Award, the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund Grant, the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award, and several California Arts Council grants to teach poetry writing to jail inmates.  She teaches in the MFA and BA Writing Programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 
JENNIFER STILL is the recipient of the 2012 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Her second collection of poems, Girlwood (Brick Books, 2011), was nominated for the 2012 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. A faculty member of the 2013 Banff Centre of the Arts Wired Writing Studio and a poetry editor for the literary journal CV2, Jennifer lives within hopeful proximity of Philip’s Magical Paradise, the only magic museum in Western Canada. Her newest collection, Comma, is out now from BookThug.

The whistle stops here




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

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LISE GASTON grew up on both sides of Canada, in Fredericton and Victoria, and has also lived in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, and Limerick, Ireland. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals across Canada, the United States, and Ireland, including Arc Poetry Magazine, European Romantic Review, The Fiddlehead, Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, Matrix Magazine, Numero Cinq, and Prairie Fire. Her writing has won awards in Arc‘s Poem of the Year and How Poems Work contests, and has been selected for Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015. She is a graduate of English and Creative Writing programs at the University of Victoria and Concordia University in Montreal, and is now a PhD Candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. She divides her time between Berkeley and Edmonton. Cityscapes in Mating Season is her first book.
EMILY IZSAK has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Puritan, House Organ, Cough, The Steel Chisel, The Doris, and The Hart House Review. In 2014 she was selected as PEN Canada’s New Voices Award nominee. Her chapbook, Stickup, is available on and her first full length collection, Whistle Stops, was published by Signature Editions in April 2017.
JESSI MACEACHERN  Poet. Lives in Montreal.
MICHAEL BELCHER has been a Permanent Resident of Montreal since 2009. In 2005, he received an Honours BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University, where he wrote and directed two plays for the McGill Drama Festival, and he completed his MA in English Literature at Concordia University in 2012. That same year, he directed his play Between Night and Day at Mainline Theatre, which was voted a Top 10 Play in Montreal Mirror’s Reader Poll 2012. His poetry has been published in the Headlight Anthology and his book and film reviews in Matrix magazine and the Image+Nation film festival. Michael currently teaches Creative Arts, Media Studies, and English Literature at College LaSalle. In addition to playwriting, his interests extend to all areas of creative writing, and he is currently finishing a novel.

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Let this be my wake.   knife | fork | book

Photos: KIRBY

Spring showers


Nassau Street. Kensington Market. Toronto.   knife | fork | book

And a lovely paperweight from Margarite and the boys at Orbital Arts. Photos: KIRBY



I marvel at that stranger, so confident of body, of future.



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

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SUE CHENETTE, classical pianist, poet, is the author of two collections of poetry with Guernica: The Bones of his Being (2012) and Slender Human Weight (2009.) She is one of five co-authors of the renga Weathering (Silver Maple Press, 2008), as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award in 2001.
RUTH ROACH PIERSON has published four poetry collections: Where No Window Was, 2002, Aide-Mémoire, which was a Governor General Literary Award for Poetry finalist in 2008, CONTRARY in 2011, and Realignment (Palimpsest, 2015). In 2014 Guernica Editions published an anthology of film poems she edited entitled I Found It at the Movies. Aperture, her chapbook of poems written in response to the photography of Josef Sudek, was also released in 2014. Her most recent chapbook is Untranslatable Thought (Anstruther, 2016).
JACLYN PIUDIK Ph.D poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Crosscurrents,Barrow Street, The New Quarterly, Garden Variety Anthology,and Crave It, among others, and two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautful Outlaw, 2013) The Tao of Loathliness  (fooliar press 2005). Jaclyn is the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. Photos: Kirby. Art Bar. Palimpsest Press.

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