Another night


like no other. The pleasure of good company. Poets LISA RICHTER. JENNIFER LOVEGROVE. MAUREEN SCOTT HARRIS  knife | fork | book

Photos: KIRBY


Enter May




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.


“Tonight, like no other…”


Stew, my paddling companion, coughs, says:
“I didn’t think I’d miss the insects
as much as the potable water,
the blue sky, green.”*
A breeze makes me glad to be in my body.**



Arguments for Lawn Chairs

Touch Anywhere to Begin


Doors 6:30PM  Poetry 7-ish

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

Aaron Kreuter is a writer of fiction and poetry. His first collection of poetry, Arguments For Lawn Chairs, is out now from Guernica Editions. You and Me, Belonging, a collection of short fiction, is forthcoming from Tightrope Books.
Jim Nason is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently, Music Garden.  He has also published two novels, The Housekeeping Journals and I Thought I Would Be Happy, as well as a collection of short fiction, The Girl on the Escalator.  His award-winning poems, essays and stories have been published in literary journals across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, 2010, and 2014.  He has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both fiction and poetry categories.  Jim was born in Montreal and has lived in Calgary, Vancouver, and Syracuse.  He has degrees from York, Ryerson, and McGill Universities and presently lives in Toronto where he writes and teaches.  He is the owner and publisher of Tightrope Books.
Photos: KIRBY
*AARON KRUETER from Paddling the Nickel Tailings Near Sudbury **JIM NASON Touch Anywhere to Begin p.75



Just up the street


A robust 14th Annual Meeting of The Dead Poets Society @ Supermarket last night, presented by The Art Bar,  The Rowers Pub Reading Series, and Tightrope Books. Hosted by David Clink with Heather Wood.

Wonderful to see the rich herstory of Kensington Market continue to thrive as a literary/poetry hub.

Pictured: Heather Wood. Ilyana Kuling reads Kildare Dobbs. Host David Clink. Robin Richardson reads Slyvia Plath. Amber Homeniuk reads Elizabeth Brewster. Michael Fraser reads Adelia Prado. Jeff Latosik reads Philip Levine. Cara-Lyn Morgan reads Langston Hughes. Aaron Kreuter reads Mahmoud Darwish. Catriona Wright reads C. D. Wright. Kilby Smith-McGregor. Not pictured: Maureen Hynes. Amanda Jernigan. Maureen Scott Harris.
Photos: KIRBY

DEC 15TH @ KFB: FINAL THURSDAY NIGHT POETS of the season, JIM NASON. Doors 6:30PM Poetry 7-ish. Come. Celebrate.


On the highwire


A few of our favourite titles/poets from Tightrope Books, including their signature, THE BEST CANADIAN POETRY 2016 (in English) series*,  EMILY POHL-WEARY‘s Ghost Sick (recently shortlisted for the Fred Cogswell Award), and ROXANNA BENNETT’s The Uncertainty Principle, reading here, NOVEMBER 3RD (with KILBY SMITH-MCGREGOR).

*Launching at IFOA HARBOURFRONT, November 30th.