KFB FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY
I wanted to capture you, pin you to me forever
Here’s the story.
I had just finished (and was blown away by) Linda Frank’s Divided, that very same week poet Ross Belot comes in, introduces himself and I share this with him, he says, “O, I’m a good friend of Linda’s” (they both live in Hamilton) so I ask if he would pass along my praise and better still if we could book a reading. He messages her while still at the shop and I thought Sue Bracken would fit in nicely, and here we are.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16TH
knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto
Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
LINDA FRANK lives in Hamilton Ontario. She has four books of poetry, Cobalt Moon Embrace (BuschekBooks, 2002), Kahlo:The World Split Open (BuschekBooks, 2008) shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, and Insomnie Blues (BuschekBooks, 2011). Her latest is Divided (Wolsak & Wynn, 2018). She is a past winner of the Bliss Carman Award and has been short listed for the National Magazine Award.
ROSS BELOT is a poet, photographer, documentary filmmaker and an energy and climate change columnist. He previously worked for a major Canadian petroleum company for decades. Now he writes eco-poetics and diatribes about government climate change inaction. Ross was a finalist for the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize and his first collection, Swimming In The Dark, was published in 2008. His second collection, Nothing Bothers To Remain, was just accepted by Wolsak and Wynn for spring 2020 publication. In 2017, he completed an MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California. He frequently lives in Hamilton with his longtime cat companion, Vince.
SUE BRACKEN lives and works in Toronto / BUT / She often swims in Lake Kashagawigamog in Haliburton / Has cycled in Scotland / Worked as a Physiotherapist in London England / Enjoyed cheese fondue beside the North Saskatchewan River / Danced professionally on stage at Harbourfront / Earned her 1st degree black belt in shotokan karate / Currently lives in a forested and flowered house ruled by artists and animals. She is co-founder of the Mooneaters poetry group. Sue’s poetry and prose has appeared in The New Quarterly, Fresh Voices, Wegway Magazine, OCAP Anthology Eight, The Totally Unknown Writer’s Festival 2015: Stories, and a few chapbooks. Her debut collection of poetry When Centipedes Dream (Tightrope Books) was launched this past May. She is very happy about that.
like no other. The pleasure of good company. Poets LISA RICHTER. JENNIFER LOVEGROVE. MAUREEN SCOTT HARRIS knife | fork | book
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.**
THURSDAY NIGHT POETS
Touch Anywhere to Begin
Doors 6:30PM Poetry 7-ish
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.
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.
DEC 15TH @ KFB: FINAL THURSDAY NIGHT POETS of the season, JIM NASON. Doors 6:30PM Poetry 7-ish. Come. Celebrate.
Our friends at Tightrope Books launch their signature series with a select line-up of poets at Harbourfront this evening.