Off-site at Orbital Arts Gallery | 275 Augusta Ave | Kensington Market | Toronto
Doors open 6:30PM | Poetry 7-ish Access: Wheelchair accessible. No public washrooms.
DANIELLE LAFRANCE is a poet, librarian, and militant. Since 1983 she has mostly resided on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author Species Branding (CUE, 2010) and Friendly Fire(Talonbooks, 2016) as well as the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC, 2013). From 2012 to 2016, she co-organized alongside Anahita Jamali Rad the feminist materialist reading and journal series, About a Bicycle. Recent attempts at Spanish-English poetry translations have been published on the online magazine inPeregrinos y sus Letras. She believes in putting an end to what she doesn’t like.
ANAHITA JAMALI RAD (for love and autonomy Talon Books, 2016) was born in Iran and lives on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Anahita Jamali Rad’s work always engages with materiality, love, affect, ideology, violence, class, collectivity, desire, place, and displacement. Anahita Jamali Rad co-edited the critical materialist feminist journal About a Bicycle, which was produced by members of the women’s reading and discussion collective of the same name.
ANDREW MCEWAN is the author of repeater (a finalist for the 2013 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award) and numerous chapbooks, including Conditional and Can’t tell if this book is depressing or if I’m just sad. He lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.
JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL is an artist, curator, critic, and writer. She is a doctoral candidate in Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program (Culture and Aesthetics), where she is completing a SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary and comparative critical study of contemporary conceptualist literature and art in Vancouver. She also co-curates (with Andrew McEwan) the Border Blur Reading Series in St Catharines. Her writing has been published in Feminist Spaces, Tripwire, Fermenting Feminisms (a project of the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, curated by Lauren Fournier), and The Avant Canada Anthology (forthcoming from WLU Press), and her debut chapbook, femme, was published in 2016 by above/ground press.
AARON TUCKER is the author of the forthcoming Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Popular Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan) and irresponsible mediums: the chesspoems of Marcel Duchamp (Bookthug Press). He has also published two other previous books: Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan) along with the poetry collection punchlines(Mansfield Press). His current collaborative project, Loss Sets, translates poems into sculptures which are then 3D printed (http://aarontucker.ca/3-d-poems/); he is also the co-creator of The ChessBard, an app that transforms chess games into poems (http://chesspoetry.com). In addition, he teaches in the English department at Ryerson University where he is currently teaching essay writing and digital literacy to first year students. You can reach him atucker[at]ryerson[dot]ca.
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.