The Little Poetry Shop That Could*

You may have noticed we’ve taken a little breather these past two Fridays. That’s about to change…

MAY 25  BIG AL’S LOVEFEST POETS READ A.F. MORITZ TO MORITZ CELEBRATING THE SPARROW (ANANSI) JUNE 1  JARED STANLEY  | BEN MEYERSON JUNE 8  DANI COUTURE | DAVID JAMES BROCK | ANNICK MACASKILL NO MEETING WITHOUT BODY (GASPEREAU PRESS) TORONTO LAUNCH JUNE 9 ADÈLE BARCLAY  A. LIGHT ZACHARY CANISIA LUBRIN JUNE 15  JIMMY MCINNES | JAMES LINDSAY | JOHN NYMAN | JIM JOHNSTONE  JUNE 16  MAWENZI HOUSE SHOWCASE  ARCHNA SAHNI | GEETHA SUKUMARA  JUNE 17  KIRBY | OAKVILLE LITERARY CAFE | JOSHUA CREEK ART CENTRE GALLERY 4PM  JUNE 18  ROXANNA BENNETT | KIRBY | WHITBY PUBLIC LIBRARY CENTRAL BRANCH  JUNE 22  MALLORY TATER | CURTIS LEBLANC | DOMINIQUE BERNIER-CORMIER  JULY 6 CATHERINE GRAHAM | KATHLEEN MCCRACKEN  JULY 13 DAVID HADBAWNIK | DALE SMITH  JULY 15 DETROIT BOOKFEST JULY 20 ANSTRUTHER PRESS LAUNCH  JAMES ARTHUR | EVAN JONES | PAOLA FERRANTE | FAWN PARKER | SEPT 16  KFB at BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

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knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

 k | f | b Readings are generally Friday Nights, Doors 6:30 | Poetry 7-ish. unless noted otherwise. THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE (and does). Check here, or our twitter feed, for any updates.
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
*WRITE MAGAZINE WINTER 2018

#poweredbypoets

 

now known as an angelic upstart from coast to coast in Canada, [knife fork book] started out in 2016 and has blossomed into one of the top must-read venues for poets from all over North America.

Nathaniel G. Moore, Verbicide Magazine

99+ randomly selected photographs, a flurry of the past sixteen weeks, including our KICKASS National Poetry Month in April (our biggest month ever), to last week’s ‘power outrage’ reading, and still, even in the ice storm two weeks earlier, you came. And return, again and again, making KFB your ‘familiar.’ Awed, humbled, and so very grateful to you, the poets, who continue to make us who we are, a residence for poetry, powered by poets.*
That’s it, really.  knife | fork | book is completely powered by poets. “Organically,” from the start. People/poets often thank me for “all I do for poetry,” (and, you’re welcome) but I look at these pictures and see the real story, know what each of us bring to this shining place we cherish, hold dear.
It ain’t perfect, there’s exciting, challenging work to be done. And new direction, vision, opportunities as we move forward. Your ideas, suggestions, contributions are not only welcome, they’re essential.
Thank you, poets. Thank you for your love, for volunteering, donating time and talent, holding this space with me, making it so.
Look at these pictures. May we all continue to be rewarded ten-fold.
Yours, I remain,
Kirby,  knife | fork | book
p.s. Check out our NEW ONLINE SHOP, goodies added weekly.

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*KFB’s new hashtag/byline to go with our striking new logo by poet, JOHN STI NTZI

 

Gusty

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What power outage? Poets, ROBIN RICHARDSON, JEFF LATOSIK, and EMMA HEALEY light an appreciative house last night.  knife | fork | book

Photos: KIRBY

Our response

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One of my favourite shops in the city is closing. Good Egg, delightful purveyor of fine books and all things cookery, riveting storefront window displays, for many a must stop destination, directly across the street from us, in Kensington Market. Their lease was up. Word is the landlord/s asking for $35,000 more a year. So long, Good Egg.

So long, Elliots, Pages, The Cookbook Shop, Britnells, Nicholas Hoare, This Ain’t the Rosedale Library. The [glorious] Silver Rail.

“Why is the measure of love loss?”*

That’s Toronto.

knife | fork | book is not a monthly reading series, nor are we funded. We’re an upstart, bricks and mortar, poetry-only independent bookshop (the only one in Canada) entering our second year. The fact that we’re able to coexist in a second-floor shared artists space anywhere in Toronto is a miracle. 

It took our friends at Glad Day Books 25 years to land a street-level space (to some, not entirely accessible), not to mention they became a bar to do so.

KFB has a 5 to 10 year plan in the works to become a fully accessible not-for-profit housing cooperative for poets, including a storefront for the shop and a printing house. 

Meanwhile, we have held offsite readings upon request in [more] accessible venues and we’re looking into livestreaming our events (I know, it’s not the same).

We’re a poetry-only bookshop. Our fledgling business, at this time, is wondrously here. In this space. Small, with a mighty heart and vision.

How queer.

I’ve already stated our policy regarding social media, how we use it (and don’t use it).

Here, I’d like to fill in a bit more.

Upon graduating from university, my first job was to create a performance and movement arts company with severely disabled artists, many who came into their own voice, moving from dependent to independent living as a result. In 5 years I worked myself out of that job with the artists themselves continuing to direct the project.

I then entered an international program (housed at U of T) learning a modality that would increase my own mobilty and the mobility of those I’ve worked with (the Feldenkrais Method) which is what brought me to Canada. My first employment here was as an attendent assisting those with spinal cord injuries living in independent housing.

Soon after, I established a bodywork practice opening a business called MindBody Resources, again focused on breaking any barriers to physical mobility and choice. During this period, two-thirds of my clients became physically disabled with AIDS/HIV, and we established The Nourish Project meeting weekly in each other’s homes, preparing nutritious meals together for the week, washing each other’s hair, sharing current treatment information, fighting, attending memorials, shopping and delivering for each other, choosing love and intimacy over isolation.

It’s amazing what many of us have lived through. Continue to live through. Such odds.

It’s a courageous choice/act to continue. I bow.

I have been called many things. Go ahead, toss epithets at me #ableprivileged #whitegay #canlit

Yes, I am. White. Gay. Privileged. Approaching 60. Fortunate. Still here.

I am also radical, queer, poet, fairy, faggot, warrior, princess.

“Unprincipled?” “Indecent?,” (well, she’s been called that, too).

No excuses. No exemptions. Cast your stone.

*Jeanette Winterson Written on the Body

 

KFB KICKASS KILLER WEEKEND

THIS FRIDAY + SATURDAY

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Julie Mannell
Heather Kelly
Noah Zacharin
Canisia Lubrin
Devon Gallant
Tamar Rubin
Brian Henderson
Laurie D. Graham
Emily Rosello Mercurio
Bill Howell
Zach Pearl
Mike Madill

VALLUM CONTEMPORARY POETRY ISSUE 15:1 MEMORY AND LOSS TORONTO LAUNCH FRIDAY APRIL 27TH 7PM

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish  Wear socks to be seen (we’re shoeless).


CELEBRATING CANADIAN INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY SATURDAY APRIL 28TH

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LEMONHOUND | TANIS FRANCO | TANIS MACDONALD | TRISH SALAH | ZOE WHITTALL KATHRYN MOCKLER

 

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The joy of one’s passion and talents being fully utilized (and acknowledged). At your service. knife | fork | book

Special thanks to PIV/PLV, the poets, publishers, volunteers, visionaries, and to all who attended the multitude of events, here and abroad, during National Poetry Month.