k | f | b POETRY LAB



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CAConrad and their Crystal Grid


NOVEMBER 24 & 25

conrad exquisite corpse

CA RETURNS to “MY FAVORITE CITY I have ever visited, and this bookshop is one of my favorite bookshops on the planet!!” for three days of poetry MAGIC.

SYNOPSIS. A short survey of occult poets and practitioners of the past as well as those of us practicing currently around the world.  We will also work with (Soma)tic poetry rituals, investigating moon cycles, tarot, crystal work, and ways to heal through poetry and ritual.  We will also discuss the importance of keeping our creative skills sharpened and how to collaborate with artists from other disciplines beyond the idea and practice of ekphrastic poetry.

We will also collectively create personalized (Soma)tic poetry rituals for each participant.  We will focus on writing in our lives just as they are, not so much making space for art but seeing how poetry is waiting inside what we already do to be able to live in this world.  Seeing the creative viability in everything around us in the every day, wherever we are, that is where the real magic lives! – CACONRAD

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL (CA has requested this workshop be limited to 12 participants.) There is a waiting list, to add your name, write to knifeforkbook@gmail.com

2 DAY INTENSIVE $225/CDN  EARLY BIRD SPECIAL/KFB MEMBERS $195/CDN (paid in full before SEPT 7th 2018) via PAYPAL or INTERAC eTransfer knifeforkbook [at] gmail [dot] com (Please note “CONRAD” and contact information).

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


“… a plain introduction to modes of love and reason / Then to end I guess with love, a method to this winter season / Now I’ve said this love it’s all I can remember / Of Midwinter Day the twenty-second of December.” – BERNADETTE MAYER, Midwinter Day

Mark the shortest day, Midwinter Day, write.

On the fortieth anniversary of Midwinter Day, Mayer’s famous long poem written over the span of a day, HOA NGUYEN leads a 3-hour poetry workshop at knife | fork | book

“Join this three hour guided romp and celebration of community for word-fire-making. Expect to get a lot of writing done ” – Hoa


Saturday December 22

Tuition guarantees your seat. Books at the shop for 20 bucks. Spaces limited.

WORKSHOP FEE $95 (NOTE: KFB MEMBERS Book Included with fee.)

TO REGISTER Click now: Hoa’s workshops fill quickly. 

HOA NGUYEN‘s poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. She teaches poetics at Ryerson University, for the low residency MFA programs at Miami University and Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop. http://www.hoa-nguyen.com/


“You don’t read women authors, do you?”

NEW BI-MONTHLY READING SERIES  w/ JESSICA JOY HIEMSTRA + Special Guest Poets TBA beginning in Spring 2019 

What is it? Bi-monthly reading series where the writing of a Canadian poet who identifies as a woman is read in its entirety by another Canadian writer – of any gender! Why is it? I’ve got a little guess men are still reading more men than women (This very important statistical data is gathered only from on-line dating profiles – but I think CWILA has a few cents to offer on this…). I wanna make a ‘penis-friendly’ event for reading women poets at KFB. I think an event where an entire collection is read will be powerful, resonate with many of us.  I want people to settle in and soak in a whole book, creating a space for us to actively engage/listen. The act of writing and reading is an act of hope! We want people to read women… men… humans! (and dogs, if they start writing, of course!)


JESSICA JOY HIEMSTRA has three full-length books of poems Apologetic for Joy (Goose Lane)Self-Portrait Without a Bicycle (Biblioasis)The Holy Nothing (Pedlar Press) and is widely published in literary journals. She edits, illustrates and is working on a novel she hopes to finish before she dies.

mavTHE POET OF LONGING: READING CAVAFY w/KIRBY (or Keeping Warm This Winter)

cavafy i left

At beauty I’ve gazed so much
that my vision is filled with it.

The body’s lines. Red lips. Limbs made for pleasure.
Hair as if it were taken from Greek statues:
always lovely, even when it’s uncombed,
and falls, a bit, upon the gleaming brow.
Faces of love, exactly as
my poetry wanted it . . . in the nights of my youth,
secretly encountered in my nights. . . .*

SYNOPSIS. Six Wednesday nights this winter, at Kirby’s home, reading/relishing CONSTANTINE P. CAVAFY (and contemporaries) from numerous translations as fodder to your own poetic imaginations.

BEGINS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16 7-8:30PM  DATES (JAN 16, 23 FEB 6, 13, 20, 27)

FEE: $95 (KFB MEMBERS $75) via PAYPAL or INTERAC eTransfer knifeforkbook [at] gmail [dot] com (Please note “CAVAFY” and contact information).

KIRBY. Poet. Owner/publisher knife | fork | book. Chapbooks. Simple Enough. Cock & Soul. Bob’s boy. The world is fucked and sometimes beautifulShe’s Having a Doris Day (knife | fork | book, 2017). A Cocksucker’s Prayer (bandcamp). Recently in Matrix MagazineThe Rusty Toque Issue 13 (Pushcart Prize Nominee), National Poetry Month 2018. UPCOMING This Is Where I Get Off (Permanent Sleep Press, Spring 2019). White Christian Daze.

Required text:

*C. P. CAVAFY, I’ve Gazed So Much— , from Collected Poems translated, with introduction and commentary, by Daniel Mendelsohn. New York : Knopf, 2009. Recommended: DUANE MICHALS Homage to Cavafy.