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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2 spots remain for KFB POETRY LAB’s CACONRAD WORKSHOP OCCULT POETICS NOV 24 & 25 REGISTER TODAY 

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.

 

The night that came into being

KFB FRIDAYS | OCT 19TH

JANET ROGERS AS LONG AS THE SUN SHINES (BOOKLAND PRESS) CHRIS BAILEY WHAT YOUR HANDS HAVE DONE  JENNA LYN ALBERT BEC & CALL (NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS)

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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.
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.

Truth be told

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It was a total LOVEFEST!

NEIL SURKAN’s debut launch with NOOR NAGA, PRATHNA LOR, and CASSIDY McFADZEAN, truly ON HIGH. Happy debut! Happy 2nd!  knife | fork | book

O night divine

Such times. A glorious night of poetry. Special thanks to Karen Schindler and Baseline Press (congrats on your beautiful new chapbooks), those poets who travelled from afar, Amanda Jernigan, Sandra Ridley, Shelly Harder, Lamees Al Ethari, to Kate Sutherland, Michael Gemar, and John DeJesus at Coach House, to all who came and held this space dear. Unforgettable.  knife | fork | book

“the New Organic”

KFB REVIEW

CHLOROSIS  MICHAEL FLATT and DERRICK MUND
The Operating System, 2018

 

I can’t say I’m well acquainted with the independent literary scene outside Canada, but over the past few years, a small press from Brooklyn really stood out for me. The Operating System has managed to wow me over and over again with a wide selection of poetry from across the globe. Their publications have been consistently enthralling and beautifully designed, often packaged with an essay or two and a short interview with the author in the end. Whilst browsing their most recent publications, a single book stood out due to its personal significance to my past.

See, I grew up in an overpopulated metropolis in a third-world country. I was born in a small room whose outer wall was separated from a five-lane motorway by a single chain-link fence. The cacophony of motor vehicles and the toxic sediments from their exhaust pipes slowly became integrated into my sense of “Home” and “Sanctuary”; a feeling that I can never get from the sound of waves at the beach.

In their new book Chlorosis, Michael Flatt and Derrick Mund (pictured above, from here onwards F&M) aimed to dismantle certain flaws in our contemporary rhetoric. As modern humans, we’re surrounded by cement walls and technology. We wake up for work, commute in a steel box, breathe in exhaust smoke, wallow in garbage and then get back to our house where an HD reimagination of “Nature” might be projected.

The problem with a box

Is you can sell it

With a security-camera view of the mountains’ tracts

With the last recorded portion of our voice

In an essay towards the end of the book, F&M argue that we’ve been forced into false binaries about the world around us, forcing a schism between “Nature” and manmade structures and institutions. We’ve divided our lives into two distinct modes of life: sanctuary in “nature” and misery in the midst of anthropocentric waste.

Through Chlorosis, F&M aim to find a new way to communicate the increasing sense of helplessness towards catastrophes of greater magnitude. F&M trust contemporary poetry’s capacity to “Serve as an ideal site for radical interplays between textual disciplines” and through their book, they aim not to act as yet another book of ideological documentary, but as a source to “innovate new modes of intellectual engagement”.

When asked about the role of a poet in our society, F&M answer “The poet’s role might be to help people tune into frequencies they’re missing”.

Chlorosis paints a quite unique picture. Through this book we see nature in the city and the city in nature, we see solitude in multitudes, watch our biological functions fade into industry, into capital. We breathe in the toxicity and filter it through our bodies, struggling to articulate our ineptitude to articulate. Through our cities we explore the outdated ideals of singular selves

Biological ontology is the atomization and proliferation of a self still constituted as singular.

And little by little we assimilate into the geo-carnal truths of our society.

It is a matter of course, and as such is interpolated into the New Organic, an alloy of geobodily affect and neuroatmospheric chemistry.

Wandering the streets of our metropoli, consuming and consumed, we witness the Chlorosis.

Go ahead, we already know your jaundiced roar. We already know we were born to be incubated. We already know we’re the children that don’t live long enough to be named.

And as we leave behind our archaic ways and merge with the New Organic, we pave new paths to the mind. The once-grotesque landscapes of industry take on new meaning, morph into poetic expression in front of our eyes. Through throbbing veins of technology we explore our bodies, and through our flesh we explore the implications of industry and capital.

There remains the positive entropy of human embrace, the predictable ebbs and flows of sensory pleasure. The heat exchanged in language is now diffuse, but you’re right, it would be cold to call these simply resource inputs.

We are as much a part of nature as we’ve have always been, and embracing the biology of our pulsating cities we embrace multitudes around us with poetry, one line at a time.

HEAR MICHAEL FLATT HERE with TRAVIS SHARP DECEMBER 7TH

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.