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.

SACHI!

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The absolutely wonderful SACHIKO MURAKAMI (I’m a big fan) at KFB this aft. See her and co-editor SONNET L’ABBE at the launch of POETRY IS DEAD The ‘Sweat’ Issue, this Monday Night at CSI.

Photos: KIRBY

The sweat

The poem that does not eliminate the effort or labour from the writing. The poem that makes difficulty visible. The untidy poem. The apparently struggling poem. The Sick Woman poem. The poem that does not hide its poet because that poet is always there, just behind the curtain. The poems that risk being a try-hard, a killjoy, a slow learner, an angry [whatever]. Poems that risk needing a shower. The poem that has struggled into being, sweating, shaking. The poem that lets us see—forces us to see—the sweat.

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“Let Them See You Sweat” – the latest issue of Poetry Is Dead, is almost here! Join co-guest-editors Sachiko Murakami and Sonnet L’Abbé as they introduce some of the wonderful writers who appear in the issue.

POETRY IS DEAD
ISSUE 15: LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT
LAUNCH
MONDAY JUNE 5TH

knife | fork | book
at Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish

Full circle

Hoa and I met in the washroom at a CAConrad workshop four or five years ago. When we opened the shop, she asked if there was anything special I wanted to see happen, and I said for my 58th birthday, I’d like to launch a new chapbook and read with CA. Here we are. KIRBY

CACONRAD + JEFF KIRBY at the launch of Kirby’s She’s Having a Doris Day, hosted by HOA NGUYEN.  knife | fork | book

Photos: JANETTE WOODROW (b/w) and DON PYLE (colour) Thank you.