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.

Thursdays

 

Every Thursday night, I’m blissfully reminded of just why we’re here, the single reason we’re here. Poetry, darlings. Poetry. Well served.  knife | fork | book

Pictured: JESSI MACEACHERN. MICHAEL BELCHER. EMILY IZSAK. LISE GASTON. Last night, #ThursdayNightPoets.
UPCOMING June 6th  JOSHUA BECKMAN | GLORIA FRYMJENNIFER STILL June 8th TARA-MICHELLE ZINIUK | SARAH PINDER | R. KOLEWE June 15th  JESSICA HIEMSTRA | DAVID WHITE  June 21st   KFB CHAPBOOK LAUNCH | DAVID BRADFORD | ELIANNA LEV | JONATHAN GARFINKEL | Hosted by JEFF KIRBY 
Photos: KIRBY

The whistle stops here

THIS THURSDAY | THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

LISE GASTON
EMILY IZSAK
JESSI MACEACHERN
MICHAEL BELCHER

JUNE 1ST

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

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish
LISE GASTON grew up on both sides of Canada, in Fredericton and Victoria, and has also lived in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, and Limerick, Ireland. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals across Canada, the United States, and Ireland, including Arc Poetry Magazine, European Romantic Review, The Fiddlehead, Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, Matrix Magazine, Numero Cinq, and Prairie Fire. Her writing has won awards in Arc‘s Poem of the Year and How Poems Work contests, and has been selected for Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015. She is a graduate of English and Creative Writing programs at the University of Victoria and Concordia University in Montreal, and is now a PhD Candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. She divides her time between Berkeley and Edmonton. Cityscapes in Mating Season is her first book.
EMILY IZSAK has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Puritan, House Organ, Cough, The Steel Chisel, The Doris, and The Hart House Review. In 2014 she was selected as PEN Canada’s New Voices Award nominee. Her chapbook, Stickup, is available on woodennickels.org and her first full length collection, Whistle Stops, was published by Signature Editions in April 2017.
JESSI MACEACHERN  Poet. Lives in Montreal.
MICHAEL BELCHER has been a Permanent Resident of Montreal since 2009. In 2005, he received an Honours BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University, where he wrote and directed two plays for the McGill Drama Festival, and he completed his MA in English Literature at Concordia University in 2012. That same year, he directed his play Between Night and Day at Mainline Theatre, which was voted a Top 10 Play in Montreal Mirror’s Reader Poll 2012. His poetry has been published in the Headlight Anthology and his book and film reviews in Matrix magazine and the Image+Nation film festival. Michael currently teaches Creative Arts, Media Studies, and English Literature at College LaSalle. In addition to playwriting, his interests extend to all areas of creative writing, and he is currently finishing a novel.

Marvelous

 

I marvel at that stranger, so confident of body, of future.

RUTH ROACH PIERSON from REALIGNMENT (Palimpsest Press)
THIS WEEK | THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

RUTH ROACH PIERSON
SUE CHENETTE
JACLYN PIUDIK
MAY 25TH

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

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish
SUE CHENETTE, classical pianist, poet, is the author of two collections of poetry with Guernica: The Bones of his Being (2012) and Slender Human Weight (2009.) She is one of five co-authors of the renga Weathering (Silver Maple Press, 2008), as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award in 2001.
RUTH ROACH PIERSON has published four poetry collections: Where No Window Was, 2002, Aide-Mémoire, which was a Governor General Literary Award for Poetry finalist in 2008, CONTRARY in 2011, and Realignment (Palimpsest, 2015). In 2014 Guernica Editions published an anthology of film poems she edited entitled I Found It at the Movies. Aperture, her chapbook of poems written in response to the photography of Josef Sudek, was also released in 2014. Her most recent chapbook is Untranslatable Thought (Anstruther, 2016).
JACLYN PIUDIK Ph.D poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Crosscurrents,Barrow Street, The New Quarterly, Garden Variety Anthology,and Crave It, among others, and two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautful Outlaw, 2013) The Tao of Loathliness  (fooliar press 2005). Jaclyn is the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. Photos: Kirby. Art Bar. Palimpsest Press.
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THIS WEEK | THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

MAUREEN SCOTT HARRIS + JENNIFER LOVEGROVE + LISA RICHTER

MAY 4TH

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

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish
Toronto poet and essayist MAUREEN SCOTT HARRIS has published three collections of poetry: A Possible Landscape (Brick Books, 1993), Drowning Lessons (Pedlar Press, 2004), awarded the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and Slow Curve Out  (Pedlar Press, 2012). Her chapbook, Waters Remembered, recently appeared from Espresso.
JENNIFER LOVEGROVE’s latest book is the poetry collection Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes (BookThug, 2017). She’s also the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, and two earlier  poetry collections The Dagger Between Her Teeth (ECW Press, 2002) and I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel (ECW Press, 2005) She’s currently working on a new novel tentatively called The Bone Harvester.
LISA RICHTER is poet, writer, and teacher, the author of Closer to Where We Began, published by Tightrope Books in spring 2017. Her poetry and non-fiction have been featured in both journals and anthologies, including Minola Review, The Puritan, The Malahat Review, Literary Review of Canada, and The Toronto Quarterly. Her chapbook, Intertextual, was published by Pooka Press in 2010. In 2015, her suite of poems, “Where the Old Road Begins,” was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize.