15 January 2015

Readings in Toronto and Montreal this weekend (January 17 & 18)

Hectic times — much editing and writing. Racing to get a few of my own books completed for this spring. But I have two readings coming up this weekend, and they're both in pretty intriguing settings.

Bread and Honey

On Saturday, January 17, at 7 pm, I'm the literary guest at Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Avenue, in Toronto. You know how poet and novelist Maggie Helwig became a member of the Anglican clergy? This is the church she works at, or presides over, or however you say it.

She's doing amazing progressive and arty things there. So on Saturday, there'll be some prayer, some meditation, some drumming. And then I'll read for a while. And then there'll be discussion about the stuff I read. And then there'll be a potluck bread-and-soup meal. So that's pretty cool. I think I'm going to read A Pretty Good Year, the series of haiku I wrote while Laurie had cancer. And maybe a short story.

Cosmonauts Avenue

The next day, I'm off to Montreal to read at the launch of the first issue of the online mag Cosmonauts Avenue, which is a helluva name for a litmag. I have two poems in the issue, and I love the visual presentation of them. I'm softening a little when it comes to online mags, I have to admit. The reading happens on Sunday, January 18, at 7 pm, at the Brass Door Pub, 2171 Crescent Street. The other readers are Megan Fernandes, Melissa Bull, Rebecca Fishow, Arjun Basu, and Josip Novakovich.

While I'm in Montreal, I hope to meet up with Jason Camlot, who's editing my new book of poetry, A Hamburger in a Gallery, for his Punchy Poetry imprint with DC Books. Also hoping to meet up with poet Marie-Ève Comtois, whose poetry I'm co-translating, with Michelle Winters, for Mansfield Press.

On the train there and back, I'll be putting the finishing touches on Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer, by second collection of essay-things from Anvil Press.

Lots more to report, but it'll have to wait.

Over and out.


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