‘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

 

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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

Group Huddle at TOPOS

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A sparkling occasion from start to finish, host PARKER MENZIMER‘s GROUP HUDDLE Reading Series at TOPOS BOOKSTORE & CAFE this past Wednesday included an exquisitely hand-folded chapbook of the evening’s readers gifted to all in attendence. Such a pleasure to share the stage with poets DAVID BRADFORD and ANDREW DURBIN (who treated us with an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released MacArthur Park). Thanks to Parker and Anny from TOPOS (a haven in Ridgewood) for the delights. (Also pictured: Spoonbill)
Photos: KIRBY

 

KFB announces new imprint

 

We’re proud to announce our new k|f|b imprint with the upcoming release of four poetry chapbooks: ELIANNA LEV Sex Made Me, DAVID BRADFORD Call Out,  JEFF KIRBY She’s Having a Doris Day (out Apr 27), and new work by JONATHAN GARFINKEL. 

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Gathering

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“What is a man without a mother?” – Henry Israeli God’s Breath Hovering Across The Waters

DAVID BRADFORD, TIMOTHY LIU, and HENRY ISRAELI last night at knife | fork | book

Special thanks: Hoa Nguyen, Leora, and Isobel.
Photos: KIRBY