“holy shivers”


dividedlinda frankross belot

                                                            …so beautiful

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 Dividedthat 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.



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.

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.