A passion for poetry

The rare treat of being in such good company. HOA NGUYEN & KIMBERLY ALIDIO last night.  knife | fork | book

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Photos: KIRBY

Dear friends

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Dear Friends,

A little note of hello–I’ve been traveling so much this spring and summer (with more to come!) and miss you all. Wanted to let you know that with the help of the always dazzling Kirby of knife fork book, we have an event to look forward to: a reading with my friend and poet Kimberly Alidio and me, timed for her visit to Toronto and my tiny window of not being away. 

I truly hope you can come out to hear us read and share some time together…please tell and invite your friends?

Love,

Hoa

(from the gorgeous Hudson Valley–will train back to TO in the reverse direction as the attached photo to arrive Sunday night!)

 k | f | b  welcomes

KIMBERLY ALIDIO  

HOA NGUYEN

Wednesday, July 26th  7 PM

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

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish

KIMBERLY ALIDIO is a U.S. East Coast-born second-generation Filipinx tenure-track dropout living in East Austin, Texas. She wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). Recent poems have appeared in Entropy, Hold, Nat.Brut, and Texas Review. She was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Center for Art and Thought, and received a doctorate in modern U.S. history from the University of Michigan, postdoctoral fellowships from the National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation and the University of Illinois’ Asian American Studies Program, and poetry fellowships from Naropa University, VONA/ Voices and Kundiman.
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, HOA NGUYEN lives in Toronto. From Wave Books, her poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots, nominated for a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry. She teaches poetics at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop.

Daytrippin’

A day (and, what a day. Thanks, Lynne). That’s all she needed.  knife | fork | book

Pictured: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson. Ruby. Group Huddle 7 at TOPOS Bookstore & Cafe: CAConrad. James G. Southcott. Omari Douglin. Rachel James. Tommy Pico. Not pictured: Parker Menzimer.
Photos: KIRBY
p.s. I love how poets are there for one another.

Holy Lark

THIS THURSDAY | THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

JESSICA HIEMSTRA  

DAVID WHITE 

JUNE 15TH

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.

Beckman Frym Still

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THIS TUESDAY | SPECIAL EVENT

Joshua BECKMAN

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.