Poets, dear friends, in conversation

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Three of our nearest and dearest, HOA NGUYEN, CACONRAD, & DAMIAN ROGERS, join in conversation for KFB POETRY LAB’s one night only, not-to-be-missed, inaugural event FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD

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CACONRAD is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays.  While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), received the 2018 Lambda Award.  A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, they also received The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. Their work has been translated into Spanish, Greek, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Danish and German.  They teach regularly at Columbia University in NYC, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam, and their books, films, essays, rituals and other publications can be found online at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. Area, HOA NGUYEN is the author of five books of poetry, including As Long As Trees Last, and Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008. Her book Violet Energy Ingots, also from Wave Books, received a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry nomination. As a public proponent and advocate of contemporary poetry, Nguyen has been featured as writer for Harriet, a blog of the Poetry Foundation, and has had her work profiled on the PBS News Hour. Additional attention to her writing has been promoted through publications in GrantaPEN American Center, Boston ReviewThe Best Canadian Poetry series, The Walrus, The New York Times, and the Academy of American Poets. Additionally, Nguyen was a finalist for the 2017 K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature and recipient of a 2016 Works in Progress Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. She has performed and lectured at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, the Bagley Wright Lecture series, Bard College, Poet’s House, St. Mary’s College of California, the University of Colorado, and Brown University. She lives in Toronto with her family.
DAMIAN ROGERS is the author of two poetry collections: Dear Leader (Coach House Books), which was nominated for the Trillium Poetry Prize; and Paper Radio (ECW Press), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award as well as the ReLit Award. She is currently working on a memoir about her life with her mother, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2010.


Her life in poetry

The night that came into being



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

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JANET MARIE ROGERS [Victoria Poet Laureate 2012-2015. UNBC Writer-in-Residence Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016.] is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing. Janet is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and sound artist. Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010,Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011 and “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks 2014. Her poetry CDs Firewater 2009, Got Your Back 2012 and 6 Directions 2013 all received nominations for Best Spoken Word Recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and the Native American Music Awards. You can hear Janet on the radio as she hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV fm. Her radio documentaries “Bring Your Drum” (50 years of indigenous protest music) and Resonating Reconciliation won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013. Janet Rogers and Ahkwesase Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs make up the poetry collective Ikkwenyes which produced the poetry CD Got Your Back and won the Loft Literary Fellowship prize 2014. 2Ro Media is the newly incorporated production company she and Mohawk media artist Jackson Twobears own and operate. They are producing NDNs on the Airwaves a short documentary on CKRZ fm Six Nations radio. Janet is currently producing a 6-part radio documentary series titled NDNs on the Airwaves focused on the current history of native radio in Canada, due for release in February 2016.
CHRIS BAILEY is a fisherman and award-winning author from North Lake, Prince Edward Island. He has a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is a past recipient of the Milton Acorn Award for poetry. His writing has appeared in UPEIArts ReviewThe Puritan’s Town Crier and on CBC Radio. He splits his time between Hamilton and North Lake.
JENNA LYN ALBERT is a poet of Acadian decent and a recent graduate in creative writing from the University of New Brunswick. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat ReviewRiddle Fence and The Puritan. Albert lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she is an editorial assistant at The Fiddlehead and poetry editor of Qwerty.

In case you missed it


BARRY WALLENSTEIN accompanied by guitarist ALEX LUKASHEVSKY with Special Guest Poet JACLYN PIUDIK

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

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
BARRY WALLENSTEIN was born in New York City. He received his PhD in Literature and Modern Poetry from New York University in 1972. From 1965 until 2006 he taught literature and writing at the City College of New York where he founded the journal Poetry in Performance and the Poetry Outreach Center,[*] which in 2012 celebrated its 40th anniversary. His poems first appeared in 1964, and since then he has published nine collections. In the early 1970’s he began collaborating with jazz artists in the performance and recording of his poetry, establishing long term relationships with renowned jazz musicians, including saxophonists Arthur Blythe and Charles Tyler, and pianist John Hicks. He currently performs in New York City with pianist Adam Birnbaum and the internationally known French horn artist Vincent Chancey. Barry continues to collaborate with musicians internationally. In recent years, he has worked with Serge Pesce in France, Massimo Cavalli in Portugal, and the band Drastic Dislocations in Switzerland. In 2012 he composed lyrics for 8 ballads by the saxophone artist and composer, Pepper Adams. He continues to work on lyrics for jazz composers.
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. “There’s the meaning of the words, but then there’s also the meaning of how the words sound, and also how the guitar or melody plays against that, whether it’s accompanying it or whether it’s mocking it,” said Lukashevsky. “But there’s definitely a dialogue — they’re both talking at the same time, it’s 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 they’re both creating these two elements that collude or collide and create one meaning. And a lot of it’s instinctual, too, like I’m 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
JACLYN PIUDIK is the author of To Suture What Frays (Kelsay Books 2017) and two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013) and The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including New American WritingColumbia Poetry Review, and Contemporary Verse 2. She received a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.

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