Holy Lark





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

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish
Access: Ramp entrance into shop.
DAVID WHITE is one of the contributing poets of Renga: A Collaborative Poem (Brick Books). In 1994 he competed his Ph. D. with the dissertation, “A Territory Not Yet On The Map”: Relocating Gay Aestheticism In The Age Of AIDS. He lives in London and is a Professor at Fanshawe College where he teaches Theatre History and Writing. The Lark Ascending is his first (solo) book of poetry.
About JESSICA HIEMSTRA’s The Holy Nothing (Pedlar Press, 2016). Most of Jessica Hiemstra’s new poems were written over several winters. They arrived both suddenly and slowly. To Hiemstra the poems of The Holy Nothing feel like the slake of a hard moment. Haiku poet Claudia Radmore says that Hiemstra’s poems want to be haibuns. There’s something so painfully unadorned and simple about her work, which isn’t simple-mindedness. Think of these poems as meditations.

Our ‘intern’

There’s something that you need to know, (if you didn’t already). Poet HOA NGUYEN is our intern here at knife | fork | book, a ‘title’ she herself came up with. We’ve been giggling ever since.
Truth be told, Hoa is as responsible for fulfilling the dream of KFB into existence as myself. Our kite would never have soared so high, so soon without Hoa’s generous encouragement, wisdom, and loving support, both as a business and myself it’s owner.
Two early Hoa events at KFB, the launch of her latest Wave Poetry collection VIOLET ENERGY INGOTS (since shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize) and inviting friend/poet ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS (Coffee House Press, Ugly Duckling Presse) to read, were mapmakers. Poets Eric Sneathen, Lauren Levin (Krupskaya Press) Henry Israeli, Timothy Liu, Mike Lala, CAConrad, Joshua Beckman, Gloria Frym, among others, followed.
Her husband, poet DALE SMITH and herself continuously weed their collections, donating titles we could only dream of acquiring. The lovely broadsides, photographed daily, travelled from their previous home in Austin, Texas showcasing the extraordinary letterpress work of Kyle Schlesinger at Cuneiform Press.
Thumbing through the lastest issue of CV2 Contemporary Verse 2, I find half of my colleagues/classmates from Hoa’s workshop have poems published there (and elsewhere, many end up in Tightrope Books’ Best Canadian Poetry series, a number, their poetry collection debut). My own chapbook, She’s Having a Doris Day, was written at Hoa’s.
The Griffin’s are this week. Yes, I’ll be attending with my friend, Hoa. The selections this year are so, so good. Jordan Abel (Talonbooks). Sandra Ridley  (BookThug). Jane Mead. Denise Riley. [and I can’t wait to hear] Alice Oswald. You are all most welcome to drop by the shop, and I’d love to have you read here sometime (yes, that’s an invite). Please come to hear Joshua, Gloria, and Jennifer Tuesday night (you’re invited). There’s much to celebrate, all of us.
And, dearest Hoa, ‘peacehearty,’ thank you for being such a force in our lives, my ‘intern.’ Yours, I remain.
Photos: KIRBY

Beckman Frym Still




Gloria FRYM

Jennifer STILL

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish
JOSHUA BECKMAN was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. Most recently, he has co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.
GLORIA FRYM is a poet and prose writer.  Her most recent book is The True Patriot, a collection of proses (Spuyten Duyvil).   She is the author of other short story collections–Distance No Object (City Lights Books), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)–as well as many volumes of poetry, including The Stage Stop Motel and Mind Over Matter.  Her book Homeless at Home received an American Book Award.  She is twice a recipient of The Fund for Poetry Award, the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund Grant, the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award, and several California Arts Council grants to teach poetry writing to jail inmates.  She teaches in the MFA and BA Writing Programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 
JENNIFER STILL is the recipient of the 2012 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Her second collection of poems, Girlwood (Brick Books, 2011), was nominated for the 2012 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. A faculty member of the 2013 Banff Centre of the Arts Wired Writing Studio and a poetry editor for the literary journal CV2, Jennifer lives within hopeful proximity of Philip’s Magical Paradise, the only magic museum in Western Canada. Her newest collection, Comma, is out now from BookThug.