HOT AUGUST WEEKEND: COMPTON FELDMAN RUTHIG JONES GURI

KFB | FRIDAY AUG 9TH

FITZHENRY & WHITESIDE SHOWCASE

ANNE COMPTON SMALLHOLDING

SARAH FELDMAN THE HALF-LIFE OF ORACLES

INGRID RUTHIG THIS BEING

HOSTED BY EVAN JONES

FRIDAY AUGUST 9TH

knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 630 Poetry 7PM No late entry once reading begins

Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.


ANNE COMPTON is a two-time winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her second collection, Processional. In 2008, she was awarded the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English Language Literary Arts. A former teacher and writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John, she developed and directed the acclaimed Lorenzo Reading Series.

SARAH FELDMAN has worked as a journalist, as a gallery docent and as an English and Latin teacher. Some of her poems appeared in the anthology Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, edited by Robyn Sarah. She lives in Ottawa. The Half-Life of Oracles is her first collection.

INGRID RUTHIG is the author of This Being, winner of the League of Canadian Poets 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Best Canadian Poetry and Am, Be: The Poetry of Wayne Clifford. The recipient of a Petra Kenney Poetry Prize and a 2018 Hawthornden Fellowship, she is also the editor of The Essential Anne Wilkinson, as well as books of essays on the works of David Helwig and Richard Outram. Ingrid lives in Ajax, Ontario.

EVAN JONES is the author of Nothing Fell Today But Rain (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003), a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Poetry, and Paralogues (Carcanet, 2012). He co-edited the anthology Modern Canadian Poets (Carcanet 2010). Recent chapbook, The Drawing, The Ship, The Afternoon (Anstruther Press, 2018) His Cavafy Reader is forthcoming.He lives in Manchester, UK, with his family. 


KFB | SATURDAY AUG 10TH

In the haywire time my attention

was called to small things for example

the moths that had been eating my clothes 

for two years, to the point that I did not have much to wear

except polyester blends

which are very ancient 

bugs and plants and larger

animals subjected to unimaginable pressure

then woven.

HELEN GURI

I LOOKED FOR THE EXIT, FOUND A SLEEVE

Read in its entirety by the author

SATURDAY AUG 10TH 3PM

knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.

A long poem that takes twenty-eight minutes to read aloud, I looked for the exit, found a sleeve is a ritual for a time in my life when I began to ask questions about my gender. Meanwhile, an on-again off-again relationship, a moth infestation, several illnesses and a death, family history, heteropatriarchy, colonialism, global warming, and my polyester duvet among other things revealed themselves to be operating in clear choreographic relation—a fabric that I lived in.

Moving from the intimate to the global and back again, the piece attends to the ways in which personal information belongs to and affects all living systems—from bacteria to insects to human bodies in and out of love to international politics—and listens for the edges, the points at which an unravelling could begin.

The piece debuted as a flamenco dance interpreted by Katherine MacLeod at a sold-out event at the Mile End Poets Festival and is now published as a limited-edition chapbook designed by Erin Robinsong.

HELEN GURI is a queer non-binary writer, editor, and performer of Catalan and Danish descent living on unceded Indigenous land in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal, Canada). Their poems and essays dealing with relation, ecology, transformation, and sexuality have been published widely in Canada, as well as in the U.S., Australia, and in translation in Japan. They are the author of Match (Coach House, 2011), which was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, as well as the chapbooks Here Come the Waterworks (Bookhug, 2015), Microphone Lessons for Poets (Bookhug, 2015), Some Animals and Their Housing Situations (The Elephants, 2018), and I looked for the exit, found a sleeve (Skyebound Press, 2019).

Helen has been a full-time freelance arts worker since 2011, editing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for large and small presses. They are a member of the new Brick Books editorial board and teach sessionally in the Ryerson University publishing program.

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