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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
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Debut

First anniversary. First launch. First reading in our spacious, intimate new digs. Three new k | f | b chapbooks, ELIANNA LEV (Sex Made Me) DAVID BRADFORD (Call Out) DALE SMITH (Sons). Last night.  knife | fork | book

Special thanks to book designer, NORMAN NEMETALLAH, printer JOHN DE JESUS at Coach House, editor DAVID BRADFORD, poetry ambassador HOA NGUYEN, and creator of The Dark Side Studio, AUDRA SIMMONS.
And thanks to all who warmed the hearth welcoming our new home.
TODAY 4-7PM: THIS IS ‘GOOD GOOD’ w/RYAN ECKES SUE LANDERS  JIMMY MCINNES JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY GARY BARWIN HUGH THOMAS R. KOLEWE EMILY ISZAK RASIQRA REVULVA  JULIE CAMERON GRAY JAMES G SOUTHCOTT A ZACHARY +++ SPECIAL GUESTS 
TONIGHT 8PM: IN CONVERSATION JERAMY DODDS & JONATHAN GARFINKEL 
Photos: KIRBY

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k | f | b  2017 FALL CHAPBOOK LAUNCH

DAVID BRADFORD CALL OUT ELIANNA LEV SEX MADE ME DALE SMITH SONS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6TH

knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish

To celebrate our 1st Anniversary, the first reading event in our new home. Three new chapbooks. Two compelling new poets and the first Canadian publication of poet Dale Smith.

OR How do you strike / if you have to strike / a loved one?

In Call Out, DAVID BRADFORD grapples with call-out culture as he turns a necessary call on one of his own, exploring the complications inherent in the nuance at play where the target is a friend, loved, known. Bradford’s long poem takes the shape of slow, fugal false starts set on 18 cards, and invites the reader to reorder, omit and emphasize its parts as they construct a different poem. In doing so, the cardholder is coerced into shifting the tone and ethics of the poem as they rebuild it—interrogating the biases of their Call Out as they take shape.

I’m not known for my discretion.

ELIANNA LEV’S Sex Made Me chronicles “how sex influenced my entire being, ” says Lev, adding,  ” From exploring the ways sexual corruption shaped me after being molested before my neural pathways were fully developed to detailing the time a team of medical practitioners of varying degrees of social graces huddled around my butthole to clumsily perform a confining STI-relayed anal probe … it’s all in there.”

His hand on you / Asleep and darkness / Where no moon tonight / Breathe him in

DALE SMITH’s SONS depicts masculine love as it is observed and passed between sons and father, father and sons.

LAUNCH NIGHT ONLY  k | f | b 2017 Fall Chapbook Bundle $40 (save $8)

‘Can you tell me about KFB?’

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I remember stopping in one Friday this past March feeling rundown and fed up with this city and Kirby was all smiles, and then Ralph Kolewe, a great poet, dropped in, and then Kate Sutherland, another great poet, dropped in, and we all sat in the sun together, looking at poetry, talking. And I instantly remembered why I was in Toronto.

REBECCAH LOVE Interview with David Bradford Toronto Arts Report July 10, 2017.

SLO-PO w/DAVID BRADFORD returns 21/09/17
DAVID BRADFORD CALL OUT 06/10/17 from KFB
Photos: R. KOLEWE

Featured Literary Event: Knife|Fork|Book at Monastiraki

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry

Knife|Fork|Book at Monastiraki

Reviewed by Kian Vaziri-Tehrani

On Saturday June 25th, Monastiraki held the Knife|Fork|Book poetry chapbook launch of Jeff Kirby‘s She’s Having a Very Doris Day and Jonathan Garfinkel‘s Bociany (Storks) which featured readings by the two author along with poet David Bradford.

Walking into Monastiraki (for the first time I might add) I was struck by its quaintness and the subtle elegance of what it had on display, with a vintage Conan the Barbarian comic and a How do You Say it in Chinese? guidebook particularly catching my attention. It wasn’t long before a few familiar faces popped up, like fiction writer Guillaume Morrissette and poet Klara du Plessis. But of course, the afternoon belonged to Kirby, Garfinkel, and Bradford, who were making the rounds through the shop, mingling and chatting before their readings.


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Jonathan, David, & I

 

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THIS WEEK | KFB CHAPBOOK LAUNCH

JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS)

KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY (SECOND PRINTING)

DAVID BRADFORD  NELL ZINK IS DAMN FREE, A STAR IS BORING, CALL OUT (OCT 17)

WEDS 21 JUNE TORONTO KNIFE FORK BOOK 7PM

SUN 25 JUNE MONTREAL MONASTIRAKI 3PM

JONATHAN GARFINKEL’s multi-genre writing has been translated into twelve languages, and his plays have been produced throughout Canada, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine. He is the author of the book of poems Glass Psalms (Turnstone Press) and has written numerous plays including The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret and the Governor- General shortlisted House of Many Tongues. His memoir Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide was published in five countries to critical acclaim (Penguin Canada and Norton and Norton US). Jonathan is also an award-winning non-fiction writer; his journalism has appeared in places like The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Eighteen Bridges, Tablet, and PEN International. In 2015 he was commissioned to adapt Rawi Hage’s Cockroach for the stage, which premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary in 2016. Currently it is in development with Soulpepper. Named by the Toronto Star as ‘one to watch,’ he teaches playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. jonathan-garfinkel.com
JEFF KIRBY’s earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, and The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. His work appears in numerous anthologies beginning with the letter Q, and most recently online at Matrix Magazine and bandcamp/jeffkirby. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book.
DAVID BRADFORD is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and leads the Slo-Po group reading series. His work has appeared in a variety of places, including Lemon Hound and Prairie Fire, and his latest chapbook, Call Out (Knife|Fork|Book), is forthcoming in 2017.
Photo credits: KIRBY. KRAMER.

Two presses

 

* it IS possible. you have value. you have permission * | ** raging against the dying of the light ** LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON @OnlyWhatICan

BROOKLYN. Home of two remarkable small presses we carry here at the shop, UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE and Lynne Desilva-Johnson’s THE OPERATING SYSTEM. Visits to both proved not only ‘inspired,’ but revelatory. Thanks to Anna Moschovakis, Dan and the talented team at UDP and to Lynne and Ruby for their kindnesses and the tireless, creative, radically beautiful work they produce.

Photos: KIRBY