“Where poets meet”



knife | fork | book  is thrilled to host California poets LAUREN LEVIN and ERIC SNEATHEN  reading from their debut collections, (The Braid and Snail Poems, respectively) fresh off the press from Krupskaya Books.

On The Braid: “is a fever dream of pregnancy and early parenting in the era of the police state. Meditative and urgent, it interrogates the idealized portrait of mother and child to wind up somewhere much messier. A love poem shot through with ambivalence; a sustained fuck–you to Ronald Reagan and his legacy; a moment of feminist possibility on the far side of collapse.”

On Snail Poems: “Collecting found texts, lyric poetry, and experimental prose, Eric Sneathen’s SNAIL POEMS is an elegy born of the general catastrophe of late capitalism and the specific tragedy of personal loss. Committed to smallness and fragility, SNAIL POEMS nevertheless spirals out, queerly navigating collisions of ecological devastation, the politics of friendship, and popular culture.”


knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market

Doors open 6:30PM | Poetry 7-ish

Lauren Levin grew up in New Orleans and lives in Richmond, CA with her family. Her first full-length book The Braid is forthcoming with Krupskaya Books in October 2016. Recent work can be found in the chapbook Only the Dead Are Never Anxious (Mondo Bummer), in the journal Open House, and forthcoming in the journal Hold.
Eric Sneathen splits his time between Oakland and UC Santa Cruz, where he is a PhD student in Literature. His poetry has been published by Mondo Bummer, littletell, Faggot Journal, and The Equalizer, and his first collection, Snail Poems, is forthcoming from Krupskaya Books. He is also the editor and producer of Macaroni Necklace, a DIY literary zine and reading series featuring (mostly) writers who have not yet published a book-length manuscript.


Read Leak by Lauren Levin
Read Snail Poem by Eric Sneathen

“A poet is plunderphonics.”


A poet is plunderphonics. Living in the surreal but grasping the environment by the neck to what exists. Then it’s translated to words and redefined universally. A poet is not just a stagnant identity itself, nor is it a made identity. Anyone can be a poet as long as one holds firm to expressing themselves. I feel there is no label.


Just as it is impossible to perform tasks such as making a shirt without a seam as stated in the ballad, the process of bringing the poet’s thoughts in unison with the poem can be, if not, just as impossible as the tasks stated in “Scarborough Fair”. My playing with the consciousness of the poem is the key feature of this collection. It often starts out with a rant of mine and like a seed sown beneath the soil, it will continue to grow and as it grows, I begin to manipulate the formation of words, the rhythm and musicality of the idea in which the play on of living words brings my naked poem into life. It’s almost like the phenomena of playing with fire.


Any Seam or Needlework (The Operating System, 2016)


knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market

Doors open 6:30PM | Reading 7PM
Stanford Cheung is a poet and musician from Toronto. He is the author of 2 chapbooks most recently “Any Seam or Needlework” published by The Operating System (2016) as part of their Of Sound::Mind Series. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his work appears in Ricepaper, Nomadic Journal, X-Peri Magazine, Zoomoozophone Review and elsewhere. A winner of numerous international piano competitions, he has performed throughout the US, Canada, and Asia at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Living Arts Centre with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and everything in between. Presently, he studies at University of Toronto.