The night, she just got bigger

JUDITH GOLDMAN is the author of agon (The Operating System, 2017), Vocoder (Roof, 2001), DeathStar/rico-chet (O Books, 2006), and l.b.; or, catenaries (Krupskaya, 2011). She teaches in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo, focusing on contemporary North American poetry and poetics, ecological studies, biopolitics, affect theory, and media theory. Alongside agon, she is at work on ______ Mt. [blank mount], a project that writes through Shelley’s “Mont Blanc” in the context of past futures and future histories of ecological catastrophe.

Forces collide

Every once in awhile, forces collide, like minds surge/ignite, sparks fly. Such was our experience meeting Brooklyn-based artist, poet, publisher, The Operating System‘s LYNNE DE-SILVA JOHNSON, who I simply refer to as “the Force.” To have but a vial of her energies, (but, you get that upon meeting). She’s a firebrand. She cares deeply about her craft and building community. And, you want her on your side. KFB will be publishing her new chapbook, Sweet and Low, next year as well as collaborating on other projects. And, she has invited her good friend, poet SARAH PINDER (COMMON PLACE Coach House Books, 2017) to read with her. There will be a brief ‘Craft Chat’ between Lynne and Kirby following the reading.




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
SARAH PINDER is the author of Cutting Room (Coach House Books, 2012) and Common Place (Coach House Books, 2017). Her writing has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards, and included in magazines like Geist, Arc and Poetry is Dead. A long time zine-maker, you can also find her work in Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON is a nonbinary queer artist, cultural scholar, and educator, striving to make, facilitate, document, and archive radical, experimental work and process material across genres. In 2012 she founded the arts organization and press, The Operating System, with this mission. Through her work with the OS to date, Lynne has facilitated the design and publication of nearly 50 volumes, curated and hosted over a hundred events, built a vibrant online platform for creative conversation, and nurtured into being a widereaching network of makers and activists that spans disciplinary and geographic boundaries. Lynne is the author of GROUND, blood atlasOverview Effect, and In Memory of Feasible Grace, and co-author of A GUN SHOW with Adam Sliwinski. She is co-editor of the anthologies RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems for the Resistance, and In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged Body. Lynne is a visiting assistant professor at Pratt, Libraries Editor at Boog City, and a maker of zines and art books. She performs and publishes widely.

‘such fire’


I’ll let you go, he says before hanging up, although he never has.

LYNN CROSBIE The Corpses of the Future

But why / should I unravel over all this remembering? / Great thing about landing / is that I’ve arrived

CANISIA LUBRIN Voodoo Hypothesis




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
LYNN CROSBIE was born in Montreal and is a cultural critic, author, and poet. A Ph.D. in English literature with a background in visual studies, she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her books (of poetry and prose) include Queen Rat, Dorothy L’Amour, Liar, and her latest The Corpses of the Future (Anansi 2017). She is also the author of the controversial book, Paul’s CaseLife Is About Losing Everything and the Trillium Book Award-nominated novel Where Did You Sleep Last Night. She is a contributing editor at Fashion and a National Magazine Award winner who has written about sports, style, art, and music.
CANISIA LUBRIN was born in St. Lucia. Her greatly anticipated debut collection, VOODOO HYPOTHESIS (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017), was released to accolades and praise. Her writings can also be found in RoomThe PuritanThis MagazineArcCV2and The City Series #3: Toronto Anthology. She has been an arts administrator and community advocate for close to two decades. She currently co-hosts Pivot Reading Series (w/Michelle Brown).  Lubrin has contributed to the podcast On The Line, hosted by Kate Sutherland for The Rusty Toque. She studied at York University where she won the President’s Prize in poetry and the Sylvia Ellen Hirsch Memorial Award in creative writing. Lubrin holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and teaches at Humber College. She lives in Whitby, Ontario.

a.k.a. Small, Medium, and Large (S, M, L)





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
LILLIAN NECAKOV is the author of Sickbed of Dogs, Wolsak and Wynn, 1989, Polaroids, Coach House Books, 1997, Hat Trick, Exile Editions, 1998, The Bone Broker, Mansfield Press, 2007, Hooligans, Mansfield Press 2011, and The Lake Contains an Emergency Room, Apt. 9 Press, 2015.
JIM SMITH is the author of fifteen books and chapbooks published between 1979 and 2012, including One Hundred Most Frightening Things (blewointmentpress, 1985), Convincing Americans (Proper Tales Press, 1986), The Schwarzenegger Poems (Surrealist Poets Gardening Association, 1988), Translating Sleep (Wolsak & Wynn, 1989), Leonel/Roque (Coteau Books, 1998), Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems (Mansfield Press, 2009) and his newest collection, Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra, released by Mansfield Press in November 2012.
NICHOLAS POWER, a founding member of the Meet the Presses literary collective, performs in wild places with the River Poets. He’s been published by Teksteditions (Melancholy Scientist), Underwhich Editions (wells), The Writing Space (a modest device), and Battered Press (No Poems). He edits and publishes with his own Gesture Press.