This is how we move

FISHER SMALL & FINE PRESS FAIR JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL AARON TUCKER ANDREW MCEWAN ANAHITA JAMALI RAD DANIELLE LAFRANCE  THE FOLD BRAMPTON BOOK BASH MARK GOLDSTEIN PHIL HALL ERIN MOURE DAVID BRADFORD ELIANNA LEV DALE SMITH RYAN ECKES SUE LANDERS JIMMY MCINNES JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY GARY BARWIN HUGH THOMAS JAMES LINDSEY A.F. MORITZ JANE MUNRO SUSAN GILLIS MARY DI MICHELE JAN CONN YOKO’S DOGS MARGO LAPIERRE PHILLIP CRYMBLE ROCCO DE GIACOMO EMILY IZSAK RASIQRA REVULVA A. ZACHARY JULIE CAMERON GRAY KIRBY JAMES G. SOUTHCOTT JERAMY DODDS JONATHAN GARFINKEL SPENCER GORDON CANISIA LUBRIN OWAIN NICHOLSON DAVID ALEXANDER GUILLIAUME MORISSETTE MIGUEL LEANDRO GAMBOA HOA NGUYEN MOEZ SURANI VINCENT COLISTRO MICHELLE BROWN SUPARNA GHOSH R. KOLEWE MLA CHERNOFF UPCOMING LYNN CROSBIE NICHOLAS POWER JIM SMITH LILLIAN NECKACOV LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON SARAH PINDER MEET THE PRESSES SHIRLEY CAMIA CONCETTA PRINCIPE JAKE BYRNE JIM JOHNSTONE SHANE NEILSON JACK DAVIS Festival International de la Poésie: Poésie Poetry – a Bilingual reading Stéphane Despatie | Corinne Chevarier | Éric Charlebois CHRIS BANKS CORNELIA HOOGLAND SORAYA PEERBAYE not to mention all the poets in attendance and those who visit us daily.

Poets. Poetry. It’s who we are. It’s what we serve.  knife | fork | book

This final week, please contribute to our IndieGOGO funder. Thank you. Kirby

 

Come. Enjoy.

Our ‘ask’ from here

>>> FINAL WEEK! INDIEGOGO<<< OUR 'ASK' FROM HERE

 

I want to tell you a story, one that can best be told in pictures, and by visiting the shop, and I will do my all to convey it here.

We’ve just celebrated our 1st Anniversary in our glorious new space, still centred in the most vibrant area of the city, Kensington Market, and the turn around—from two-week notice to meeting to finding to moving to landing to reopening—happened in just ten days.

Not just any space. One of the most ideal spaces one could possibly imagine for the next stage ‘to champion poets and poetry’ at  knife | fork | book.

I know. It was completely unanticipated, unexpected, crazy-ass from the get-go. And, here we are. A whirlwind and a flourish.

How did this happen? How did any of this happen?

The indefatigable vision and support of artists in community. The gutsy ones who say, “Yes”  and do. The ingenious ones who ask, “What would make this possible?” Those whose undeniable passion forge a path, make it happen.

I have the grand good fortune to be surrounded by such people. That is the beauty of neighbourhoods, and the dynamic artists and movers who not only dwell here but make pockets of this city abundant with possibilities.

Such people in Kensington didn’t want to see us go.

Artist, Leo Scopacasa (with Joseph Reid at their brilliant Orbital Arts Gallery, now celebrating 20 years in Kensington) asks, “Do you know Audra?,” as in Audra Simmons, artist/dancer and extraordinary force behind Lavish Dance Company and The Dark Side Studio just across the street.

“There’s a dance studio above Bunners?”

We’d never met. Hadn’t heard of each other, didn’t even know the other existed. I called, walked into her beauteous space. Found out we were both Taureans doing our own thing, found deep admiration and delight for what each other is [wo]manifesting in the daily lives of market and the world. And, that week, our lives enlarged. Changed.

Thanks for saying yes, Audra. Such a warm welcome.

What’s even crazier is it appeared practically seamless. By the time my loving older brother Rick (not associated in any way with Rick’s Cafe) drove up from Ohio, James, David, and I had the shelving and books moved across the street and he made certain all was installed properly, (myself, being ‘set designer’). We moved our Thursday Night Poets Series, to KFB Fridays, with virtually no interruption (Joseph and Leo offered their accessible gallery for a few off-site events across the street). And since our move, business has increased, poetry is moving, and our vibrant reading/event schedule is in full swing.

Like yourselves. You and your choice to deliberately buck the system, come to a physical space you value, to meet and hear poets and poetry, to read and engage here yourself, to give of your time, and purchase books you discovered by ear, and hand, and touch. You are deeply welcome/d.

“So, what’s the funding campaign for?”

The short answer is, our expenses have increased and this will give us a bit of a foothold moving forward. And, there’s more. Much more.

As many of you have already discovered, while we are first and foremost Toronto’s (indeed Canada’s) only poetry-only bookshop, in just a short year (yes, only a year), knife | fork | book is a place for poetry and poets (and publishers) to come, to meet, to read, to promote/sell, to hang out, a residence of sorts. A home.

Just look at the photos here and on our websites. They tell the true story. KFB is “Where poets meet. Where poetry moves.”

https://knifeforkbook.tumblr.com/
https://knifeforkbook.com/2017/10/08/this-is-good-good/
https://knifeforkbook.com/2017/10/07/debut/

And check out these interviews. The heart is in place.

https://alllitup.ca/Blog/2017/Field-Trip-knife-fork-book-in-Toronto-s-Kensington-Market
http://lexical.ca/industry-spotlight-jeff-kirby/

And, we’re a business, in business. Commerce and currency enable this to happen. For over a year, our space, promotion, readings and events have all been open to the public, free. We are not grant-funded. I am neither retired, nor independently wealthy. And book sales cover but a fraction of our operating costs (she lives very simply).

These final two weeks of our funder, we’re seeking to double what we currently have. This will allow for us to build our business to become more sustainable, increase our web presence, launch a new online shop with exclusive KFB merchandise, keep our inventory fresh with new international poets and titles you seek, create an expense fund for visiting poets, and perhaps be able to do some hiring. Basics to move forward.

Mostly, we wish to continue to stand with the poets and artists who insist on being here, doing the work. To those ends, join us. And thank you.

See you at the shop.

Yours, I remain,

Kirby

Poet Warrior Fairy Princess,  knife | fork | book

 

Days like these

A partial view. Where poets meet.  knife | fork | book

Pictured: DAVID ALEXANDER SPECER GORDAO OWAIN NICHOLSON DAVID BRADFORD EMMA BROWN SANDERS CHARLOTTE VAN RYN DAVID FLEMING CLAY EVEREST AMANDA EARL KISSEYFURR MAT LAPORTE ALL THOSE IN ATTENDANCE OF LAST NIGHT’S READING (thank you). Not pictured: JAMES G SOUTHCOTT ALLY FLEMING ALVIN WONG CARLETON WILSON
>>>  FIFTEEN DAYS REMAIN TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN. THANK YOU. <<<
KFB UPCOMING: SUN OCT 22 GUILLAUME MORISSETTE THE ORIGINAL FACE (VEHICULE PRESS)LAUNCH  OCT 27  ROCCO DE GIACOMO | MARGO LAPIERRE | PHILLIP CRYMBLE   OCT 28  (Sat 7:30PM) JAN CONN | SUSAN GILLIS | MARY DI MICHELE | JANE MUNRO | YOKO’S DOGS NOV 3  LILLIAN NECAKOV | JIM SMITH | NICHOLAS POWER NOV 5 (Sun 7:30PM) SLO-PO Reading Group w/DAVID BRADFORD NOV 10  LYNN CROSBIE | CANISIA LUBRIN NOV 18 KFB at MEET THE PRESSES INDIE LITERARY MARKET NOON – 5PM TRINITY-ST PAUL 427 Bloor St W  NOV 24 LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON  SARAH PINDER  NOV 26  SHIRLEY CAMIA Children Shouldn’t Use Knives LAUNCH  DEC 1  Festival International de la Poésie and Literary Translators’ Association of Canada present: Poésie Poetry – a Bilingual reading with Stéphane Despatie | Corinne Chevarier | Éric Charlebois | Robert Paquin | Renée Von Paschen | Curated by Gaston Bellemare and Beatriz Hausner  DEC 2  JAKE BYRNE THE TIDE (Rahlia’s Ghost Press) Chapbook Launch  DEC 7  JIM JOHNSTONE  | SHANE NEILSON | CORNELIA HOOGLAND | CHRIS BANKS at ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY 275 AUGUSTA AVE  DEC 15  SORAYA PEERBAYE | CONCETTA PRINCIPE | JACK DAVIS
Photos: KIRBY

 

WIN 2017 bpNichol Shortlist Bundle

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The finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

DANA CLAXTON The Patient Storm above/ground press
DORIS FISZER The Binders Tree Press
STEVIE HOWELL Summer Desert Pets Press
SONNET L’ABBE  Anima Canadensis Junction Books
NANCI LEE Preparation FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
RENEE SAROJINI SAKLIKAR After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees above/ground press

Congrats to the poets & publishers. All six chapbooks are currently on display at knife | fork | book where you can enter our raffle to win the bundle! Enter in person at the shop or at our table at Meet the Presses November 18th where the winner/s will be announced. One entry per person, please.

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“It just makes me happy!”

September read 3/16, and 87/103 in my #readin2017 queue: Jonathan Garfinkel – Bociany (Storks). Purchased during the @knifeforkbook customer appreciation sale! Close-up of #poetry shelf 2 (Bi to La). Also of note: this is the fifth consecutive read/review featuring writers with a first name beginning with "J!" Not at all intentional, but pretty neat, right? This is the second @knifeforkbook chapbook I've read so far (and the fact that there are delicious fall releases I have yet to pick up is ITCHING my BRAIN, but that's beside the point), and I have to say, I really enjoy the way "Bociany (Storks)" presents a complementary aesthetic to @itsakirby's "She's Having A Doris Day." It just makes me happy! Shoutout to @itsakirby for the cover, and Norman Nemetallah for the book design, which is lovely overall. And now a few notes on the text! These poems were startling and engrossing; rich with scene and image and story and violence. The titular poem had me seeking out the referenced artist and artwork – a rewarding exercise itself! – and left me quietly amazed by its shifting execution. Possibly my favourite in the book? But I've marked too many to be able to say for sure. #books #rasiqrasreviews #jonathangarfinkel #bocianystorks #toronto #knifeforkbook #booklove #personallibrary #shelfie #augustreads #literarylatergram #inspiration #amwriting #research #fuckyeah #luvyourlife #shelflife #readallthebooks #customerappreciationsale #canadianpoetry #shoplocal #chapbook #rasiqrarecommends #bookdesign #jeffkirby #normannehmetallah #jozefchelmonski

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Us, too! Thanks, Rasiqra. *kisses*  knife | fork | book

JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS) First Printing SOLD OUT. Available soon as an e-book at k | f | b  shop. JEFF KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY has legs. Find her, along with our latest chapbooks, online and at the shop.

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First SLO-PO with DAVID BRADFORD (CALL OUT kfb, 2017) in our intimate, beautiful new reading room/salon space at The Dark Side Studio (created by artist/dancer AUDRA SIMMONS), reading CANISIA LUBRIN’s remarkable debut, VOODOO HYPOTHESIS (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017) with the poet among poets in house. A gift of an evening.

KFB UPCOMING: OCT 20 NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS SHOWCASE  SPENCER GORDON | OWAIN NICHOLSON | DAVID ALEXANDER OCT 22 GUILLAUME MORISSETTE THE ORIGINAL FACE (VEHICULE PRESS)LAUNCH OCT 27  ROCCO DE GIACOMO | MARGO LAPIERRE | PHILLIP CRYMBLE   OCT 28  (Sat 7:30PM) JAN CONN | SUSAN GILLIS | MARY DI MICHELE | JANE MUNRO | YOKO’S DOGS  NOV 10  LYNN CROSBIE | CANISIA LUBRIN NOV 26 SHIRLEY CAMIA Children Shouldn’t Use Knives LAUNCH 7 DEC  JIM JOHNSTONE  | SHANE NEILSON | CORNELIA HOOGLAND | CHRIS BANKS at ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY 275 AUGUSTA AVE DEC 15  SORAYA PEERBAYE | CONCETTA PRINCIPE | JACK DAVIS
Photos: KIRBY