Sunday, August 01, 2010

Hands on: Patrick Pilarski & Nicole Pakan

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Nicole Pakan and Patrick Pilarski are Edmonton poets who are engaged to be married.

And performance is important to both of them, so part of their process is rehearsing to each other.

It's probably inevitable that when they're reading, they tap out the beats of each other's poems by bobbing their head or drumming fingers on available surfaces.

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Patrick Pilarski is the co-editor of DailyHaiku, an international journal of contemporary English-language haiku, and poetry editor for its new sister publication, DailyHaiga. His first full-length collection, Huge Blue, was released in 2009 by Leaf Press, and he is the author of the chapbook Five Weeks (2007). Patrick's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, recently including The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, CV2, Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, and on CBC Radio One as part of the CBC Poetry Face-off. Patrick is on the organizing committee for the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and is Alberta/NWT representative for the League of Canadian Poets. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in computing science at the University of Alberta.

Nicole Pakan is an active member of the Edmonton literary community, performing and organizing events around the city. She is the Co-Editor for the international online and print literary journal DailyHaiku, and Art Editor for its sister publication DailyHaiga. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in: Filling Station, Carousel, CV2, Other Voices, and the Blue Skies Home and Away anthology. Nicole was also the winner of the 2009 Edmonton CBC Poetry Faceoff, placing third in the national competition.

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