AT THE LAB
SATURDAY MAY 25TH
“Graham’s poems are sparely worded but full of evocative images that vividly convey a wide range of emotion, from passion to grief.” —CBC Books
“Master of the short poem.” – Kirby
KFB POETRY LAB WELCOMES
“THE SHORT POEM” WORKSHOP
Compression, image, metaphor, voice—there are many routes to the short poem. How does it accomplish so much in a little arena?
In this workshop we’ll explore the elements behind the short poem. Through examples, exercises, discussion and reflection, we’ll explore the landscape of the small. The opportunity to read your drafts will be part of the process.
This workshop is suitable for all levels—from beginner to advanced.
SATURDAY MAY 25TH 2-5PM
FEE: $95 REGISTER HERE NOW
CATHERINE GRAHAM is a Toronto-based novelist and poet. Her sixth poetry collection The Celery Forest was named a CBC Best Book of the Year, appears on their Ultimate Canadian Poetry list and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Winner of the Toronto International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW competition, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. Her debut novel Quarry won an Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the CAA’s Fred Kerner Book Award and 2018 Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. Her next book Aether: an Out-of-Body Lyric will be published in 2020. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @catgrahampoet.
LAST TUESDAYS | MONTHLY
KFB CHAPBOOK CLUB with KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI
We love chapbooks. Tasty morsels of ephemera that opportune small presses, those marginalized, established and emerging writers alike, let their creative juices run on the page to a readership keen on encountering the new.
Through revisiting chapbooks by brilliant writers who lack the representation of more mainstream writers, we ruminate on the importance of their work, discuss the intricacies of their writing and through our effort their work will live on in our hearts for much longer than originally intended.
This club is for poets, lovers of poetry and small presses alike. It’s a way of helping both the writers and the presses, a way of marketing smaller voices and bringing them to the forefront. We’re excited to create a more fertile future for small publishing and we hope you’ll join us in this effort!
-Khashayar Mohammadi (Kramer)
Last Tuesday/s of the month 4PM at the shop
NEXT: TUES MAR 26 TRAVIS SHARP Sinister Queer Agenda (above/ground press, 2018)
Fee: Free with the purchase of the chapbook (cost varies upon selection)
“You don’t read women authors, do you?”
NEW BI-MONTHLY READING SERIES w/ JESSICA JOY HIEMSTRA
+ Special Guest Poets TBA beginning 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.
KFB POETRY LAB | NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS for poetry workshops, classes, reading/writing groups, publisher showcases, launches, special projects DETAILS HERE