Poetry illustrated

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SHIRLEY CAMIA CHILDREN SHOULDN’T USE KNIVES (AT BAY PRESS, 2017)

w/ JOYCE JODIE KIM

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH

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
SHIRLEY CAMIA is a Filipina-Canadian poet. She is the author of three collections of poetry: the forthcoming Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017), The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press, 2015) and Calliope (Libros Libertad, 2011). Her work has been featured in North American publications such as The New Quarterly and the Winnipeg Free Press, and is forthcoming in TAYO and the anthology, My Lot is a Sky, from Math Paper Press in Singapore. Born in Winnipeg, Shirley has lived across Canada, the Philippines, Japan and Kenya. She is currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
JOYCE JODIE HA-EUN KIM is a Toronto-based artist inspired by the testimonies and lives around her. She loves to draw and paint sights or fleeting moments that are often overlooked. Joyce is a fine-arts student, currently attending the Ontario College of Arts and Design University (OCAD U).

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)

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I would be hard pressed to imagine a more perfect union (or evening). Absorbing. Transfixed. Full. Remarkable.

MARK GOLDSTEIN, PHIL HALL, ERIN MOURE at their BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW PRESS LAUNCH last night.

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SPECIAL THANKS to JOSEPH REID & LEO SCOPACASA of ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY for welcoming us into their beautiful, accessible space in Kensington Market (275 Augusta) now celebrating their 20th year. And to AUDRA SIMMONS for our new home at THE DARK SIDE STUDIO 244 Augusta, 2nd Floor.
UPCOMING k | f | b 1ST ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND BASH OCT 6 KFB CHAPBOOK LAUNCH  DAVID BRADFORD CALL OUT | ELIANNA LEVSEX MADE ME  | DALE SMITH SONS OCT 7  THIS IS ‘GOOD GOOD’ w/RYAN ECKES SUE LANDERS ALISON LASORDA JIMMY MCINNES LIZ HOWARD JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY GARY BARWIN HUGH THOMAS R. KOLEWE EMILY ISZAK RASIQRA REVULVA  JULIE CAMERON GRAY JAMES G SOUTHCOTT A ZACHARY +++ SPECIAL GUESTS 4-7PM | IN CONVERSATION: JERAMY DODDS & JONATHAN GARFINKEL 8PM OCT 8  OPEN HOUSE 1-5PM OCT 13 SLO-PO Reading Group w/DAVID BRADFORD OCT 20  NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS SHOWCASE SPENCER GORDON | REBECCA PAPUCARU | OWAIN NICHOLSON | DAVID ALEXANDER 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
Photos: KIRBY

Beautiful outlaws

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BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW PRESS CHAPBOOK LAUNCH

MARK GOLDSTEIN THE WHIPPER

PHIL HALL + ERIN MOURE THE INTERRUPTED

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH  Doors 7 Readings 7:30

k | f | b offsite at  ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY 275 AUGUSTA AVE KENSINGTON MARKET

ACCESS: StopGap ramp into shop. No public washrooms.
Photo: MARK GOLDSTEIN

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ANSTRUTHER PRESS LAUNCH

Krischan STOTZ*

Ally FLEMING

S. TAKATSU

Stewart COLE

+ INSPIRITUS PRESS LAUNCH

Marc DI SAVERIO

THURSDAY AUGUST 24TH

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

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish

STEWART COLE is the author of Questions in Bed (Goose Lane, 2012). A Canadian expatriate, he lives in Wisconsin, where he teaches at the University of Oshkosh.
S. TAKATSU is a writer, designer, event coordinator, and the founder of Inspiritus Press, Bring the Noise Street Poetry, Crossroads Literary Festival and other community initiatives. His serialized work has surpasses 1 million reads online. He pioneered English cell phone novels in 2008, authored Secondhand MemoriesEspresso LoveOf Forests and Clocks and Dreams, and edited the 2017 poetry anthology, Apparatus. He has a forthcoming poem in PRISM International. He was the recipient of the 2016 Babs Burggraf Award, and lives in Toronto.
ALLY FLEMING is a poet, publicist, and emerging reviewer who lives in Toronto. Her work can be found in Carousel, Canadian Medical Association Journal‘s blog, New Recruits, Sunrise with Sea Monsters, This Magazine, and the chapbook What Happened Was: He Flew (serif of nottingham editions, 2011).
KRISCHAN STOTZ is a young gay Canadian writer who lives in Berlin as a freelancer.
MARC DI SAVERIO hails from Hamilton, Ontario. His poems and translations have appeared in such outfits as CNQ, Maisonneuve, Hazlitt, and Partisan. In 2015, critic Shane Neilson wrote in CNQ Magazine that Di Saverio’s debut, Sanatorium Songs (Palimpsest Press), “is the greatest poetry debut from the past 25 years.” He was ranked in the top ten of the world’s finest English language haiku poets in 2011 by Simply Haiku Magazine, and awarded the City of Hamilton Arts Award For Best Emerging Writer in 2016. Forthcoming is his epic poem, Crito Di Volta (Biblioasis), and Ship of Gold: the Essential Poems of Emile Nelligan (Véhicule Press).
Hand model: JIM JOHNSTONE
*Not in attendance