knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto
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JESSICA BEBENEK is a poet, non-fiction writer, and transdisciplinary artist who splits her time between Toronto & Montreal. Bebenek’s poetry, short fiction, and other writings have been published in PRISM, CV2, Vallum, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Canadian Millennial Poets, among other places. Follow her account @notyrmuse on Instagram.
CODY ALEXANDER JOSEPH CAETANO is an Anishinaabe and Portuguese writer. Cody is currently enrolled in the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto, where he facilitates undergraduate workshops, co-edits Echolocation Magazine, and is at work on a nonfiction manuscript under the mentorship of Sto:lo writer Lee Maracle. Pleasure Dome Poems is their poetry chapbook debut.
MARGEAUX FELDMAN is a writer and educator living in Toronto, where she’s finishing her PhD in English Literature and Sexual Diversity Studies at U of T. She’s one of the founders of Sick Theories and is the curator of Unruly Bodies: A Night of Storytelling. Her writing has appeared in The Vault, Minola Review, The Puritan, GUTS Magazine, and in various zines across the city. She’s currently at work on a memoir entitled The Bed of Sickness: Essays on Care.
Poet ALLY FLEMING’s work has appeared in This Magazine, Canadian Jewish News, and the chapbooks The Worst Season (Anstruther Press, 2017) and What Happened Was: He Flew (Serif of Nottingham Editions, 2011).
R. KOLEWE has published two books of poetry, Afterletters (BookThug 2014) and Inspecting Nostalgia (Talon Books 2017).
PRATHNA LOR is a living poet.
Born in the Soviet Union, ALEX LUKASHEVSKY began playing the violin as a young child, and went so far as to study the instrument in a conservatory there. By the time he was 14, his family had relocated to Calgary, Lukashevsky turned his attentions to the steel-string acoustic guitar, and eventually picked up an electric as well. One of the things that make Lukashevsky’s solo guitar work so extraordinary is how he finds a free-flowing dialogue between his picking and his incisive, literate and articulated lyrics. “Theres the meaning of the words, but then theres also the meaning of how the words sound, and also how the guitar or melody plays against that, whether its accompanying it or whether its mocking it, said Lukashevsky. “But theres definitely a dialogue theyre both talking at the same time, its not necessarily an accompaniment that I just sing over. I try not to think of it that way, even in the traditional songs, I try to especially when I perform kind of entangle them more so that theyre both creating these two elements that collude or collide and create one meaning. And a lot of its instinctual, too, like Im obviously not super-scholastic about it. A lot of it is just like, Oh yeah, that feels like the right thing. – Kevin Hainey, Exclaim Magazine
KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI is an Iranian-born writer/translator based in Toronto, currently an editor at Inspiritus Press. Their most recent publication is Moe’s Skin (Zed Press, 2018). Dear Kestrel is being published by knife | fork | book Spring 2019.
FAWN PARKER is a writer and editor based in Toronto. She is the author of Looking Good and Having a Good Time (Metatron Press), Weak Spot (Anstruther), and Set-Point (ARP Books). Her recent poetry chapbook Jolie-Laide is available via BAD NUDES. Fawn is co-founder of BAD NUDES Magazine and BAD BOOKS Press where she acts as poetry editor and managing editor. She also currently edits poetry for carte blanche.
KATE SUTHERLAND is the author of two books of short stories (Summer Reading and All In Together Girls) and a collection of poems (How to Draw a Rhinoceros). Summer Reading won a Saskatchewan Book Award, and How to Draw a Rhinoceros was shortlisted for a Creative Writing Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry and Best American Experimental Writing. She is currently at work on a new collection of poems on the theme of extinction.
FAN WU is the host and series editor for wQr What Queer Reading, an imprint of knife | fork | book.