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.

“Welcome to Toronto”

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#BLOGGED: The ONLY all-poetry bookshop in Canada!! Toronto is so soo lucky. They have readings, workshops, classes etc and the community seems so lovely! @knifeforkbook did a better job at convincing me to be a Toronto girl than my cab driver ever could. 🖊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meeting @itsakirby also felt so natural. My energy just seemed to familiarise with his. I love this man, his straight-forward poetry, how his book cover is pink and how encouraging and heartwarming he was to be around. I ended up staying longer than I thought I would and asked him a bunch of questions, like my nosy butt always does. 📜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While going through the books on the shelf, I imagined having one of mine up there. I wondered what would be its title though I was pretty sure the cover is going to be beige, and the font will be serif. For a moment I considered going through my old journals and compiling my poems about boys and teenage angst. Haha! 🤓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The virgo in me will tremble at these words but hey, not planning my travels isnt a bad thing after all. 💛 – #twozerointoronto {link in bio babes✨}

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This loveliness. Thanks for your visit, Nicole! Welcome always.  knife | fork | book

Our 2nd

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KFB turns 2.
2 nights of extraordinary.

KFB FRIDAYS | OCT 5TH

LAMEES AL ETHARI From the Wounded Banks of the Tigris SHELLY HARDER Remnants AMANDA JERNIGAN The Temple SANDRA RIDLEY Quell (and ANNE-MARIE TURZA Slip Minute, not in attendance) BASELINE PRESS TORONTO LAUNCH

and KATE SUTHERLAND Beasts of the Sea KFB LAUNCH


SATURDAY OCT 6TH

NEIL SURKAN ON HIGH (McGill-Queens UP) TORONTO LAUNCH with Special Guest Poets CASSIDY MCFADZEAN PRATHNA LOR and NOOR NAGA

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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.

MAC CORMACK MCCAFFERY TONIGHT

KFB FRIDAYS | TONIGHT

KAREN MAC CORMACK 
RECHELESSE PRATTICQUE (Chax Press, Tucson/Victoria, 2018)

STEVE MCCAFFERY 
CERTAIN WORDS (above/ground 2018)

TORONTO LAUNCH

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at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Purchase both titles tonight at a special launch price: $30 CDN
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
KAREN MAC CORMACK is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently RECHELESSE PRATTICQUE (Chax Press, Tucson/Victoria, 2018). Other titles include AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013), TALE LIGHT: New & Selected Poems 1984–2009 (BookThug, Toronto, 2010) and Implexures (Chax Press, Tucson/West House Books, Sheffield, 2008). Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including Moving BordersOut of EverywhereAnother Language, and Prismatic Publics. Her texts have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian. An extended interview with her appears in Scott Thurston’s Talking Poetics (Shearsman, 2011). Of dual Canadian/UK citizenship she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Poet and scholar STEVE MCCAFFERY was born in Sheffield, England. He received his B.A. from Hull University, his M.A. from York University, and his Ph.D. in English from SUNY at Buffalo. He is a scholar, poet, and performer whose wide-ranging influence is especially present in concrete and sound poetry. His numerous books of poetry include the full-length collections Modern Reading: Poems 1969–1990 (Writers Forum, 1991), Seven Pages Missing: Selected Texts Volume One (Coach House Press, 2001) and Volume Two (Coach House Press, 2002), Verse and Worse: Selected and New Poems of Steve McCaffery 1989–2009 (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2010). Together with bpNichol, he edited Sound Poetry: A Catalogue for the Eleventh International Sound Poetry Festival (Underwhich Editions, 1978) and Rational Geomancy: The Kids of the Book-Machine: The Collected Research Reports of the Toronto Research Group 1973–1982 (Talonbooks, 1992). He is acknowledged as one of the founding theoreticians of Language Poetry and his extensive scholarship is represented in numerous publications, including the books Imagining Language: An Anthology, edited with Jed Rasula (MIT Press, 1998), North of Intention: Critical Writings 1973–1986 (Roof Books, 1986), Prior to Meaning: The Protosemantic and Poetics (Northwestern University Press, 2001), and The Darkness of the Present: Poetics, Anachronism and the Anomaly (University of Alabama Press, 2012). Among his many rewards and acknowledgements, McCaffery has twice received the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative North American Poetry, the Dora Mavor Moore Award in theater and has been nominated twice for Canada’s Governor General’s Award. He is currently the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters at SUNY Buffalo (a position previously held by Robert Creely and Charles Bernstein).

Grand opener

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Kath swooned. Paul rallied. It was a grand season opener. knife | fork | book

UPCOMING 28 SEPT  KAREN MAC CORMACK | STEVE MCCAFFERY  5-6 OCT  KFB 2ND ANNIVERSARY BASH 5 OCT  BASELINE PRESS CHAPBOOK LAUNCH | LAMEES AL ETHARI | SHELLY HARDER | AMANDA JERNIGAN | SANDRA RIDLEY + KFB CHAPBOOK LAUNCH | KATE SUTHERLAND BEASTS OF THE SEA  6 OCT  NEIL SURKAN ON HIGH TORONTO LAUNCH w/ CASSIDY MCFADZEAN | PRATHNA LOR | NOOR NAGA  12 OCT  BARRY WALLENSTEIN  | JACLYN PIUDIK  19 OCT  CHRIS BAILEY WHAT YOUR HANDS HAVE DONE(NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS) | JANET ROGERS AS LONG AS THE SUN SHINES (BOOKLAND PRESS) TORONTO LAUNCH 26 OCT  wQr WHAT QUEER READING [3rd EDITION] CODY CAETANO | CASON SHARPE | HOSTED BY FAN WU   2 NOV INGRID RUTHIG | TED LANDRUM | KOMI OLAF  Poetry & Architecture in Conversation. Readings w/ Q&A led by ELSA LAM, editor of Canadian Architect Magazine.  9 NOV ANSTRUTHER PRESS LAUNCH EMILY OSBOURNE Biometrical ANDREW BROOKS  One Country After DAVID GROULX Am A Skin Too JM FRANCHETEAU Heart & Deed & Mouth & Life  16 NOV  LINDA FRANK | ROSS BELOT   17 NOV MEET THE PRESSES  23 NOV  KFB POETRY LAB PRESENTS  HOA NGUYEN | DAMIAN ROGERS | CACONRAD  IN CONVERSATION (Public Price $15 KFB MEMBERS $10)  24 & 25 NOV CACONRAD WORKSHOP  30 NOV ROBERT SIEK WE GO SEASONAL (Sibling Rivalry Press) TORONTO LAUNCH with Special Guest Poet LYNN CROSBIE  7 DEC  MICHAEL FLATT | TRAVIS SHARP  8 DEC  THE SOAP BOX LAUNCH

NEW SEASON #KFBFRIDAYS

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knife | fork | book
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.