Tuesday, September 14, 2010

West Meets East

Hey all,

If our SK/AB tour in the spring wasn't enough, Regina's Tracy Hamon and I will be traveling to Ottawa & Toronto in early October...and reading with a brace of poets in each town.

I know I've got barely one and a half readers of this blog in Ottawa and Toronto put together but I thought I'd make note of it here...

Many thanks to Ibi Kaslik for her help in arranging the Toronto reading; ditto Sandra Ridley for e-whispering Pearl Pirie's name in my ear.

Thanks too to the League of Canadian Poets, Palimpsest Press and Coteau Books, who have enabled our swanning about the country, books in hand.

Do come! It'll be great fun!

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West Meets East I
Featuring Ariel Gordon, Tracy Hamon, Christine McNair & Pearl Pirie

When: October 5, 7:30 pm
Where: Collected Works Bookstore (1242 Wellington St. W., Ottawa)
Cost: Free!

Christine McNair's work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, ditchpoetry.com, CV2, the Bywords Quarterly Journal, Descant and a few other places. Her poems were featured in Dalhousie Blues, a collaborative project with Sean Moreland, Jamie Bradley and Caleb JW Brasset (ex-hubris press, 2009). Her work was also included in the Dinosaur Porn (Ferno House, 2010) and Rogue Stimulus (Mansfield Press, 2010) anthologies. She is one of the hosts of CKCU's Literary Landscapes program and works as a book doctor in Ottawa.

Ottawa poet Pearl Pirie’s been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010), her first trade poetry collection, follows years of a small voice gaining in strength, and in volume, through so much subtle activity and quiet disconnect that by the time she was noticed, she was already everywhere, and already a confident voice. Her chapbooks include over my dead corpus (AngelHouse, 2010) and boathouse (above/ground, 2008). She blogs at pesbo, Humanyms, and a few other places. Poems have appeared thru dandelion, ditch, PRECIPICe, Dusie, 17 Seconds, 1cent, and Ottawater.

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West Meets East II
Featuring Ariel Gordon, Tracy Hamon, Melanie Janisse & Damian Rogers

When: October 7, 7:30 pm
Where: Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor St. W., Toronto)
Cost: Free!

Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit. She has published poems in various North American magazines, including Brick, The Walrus, Matrix, Maisonneuve, and MoonLit. Her first collection, Paper Radio, came out with ECW Press in October 2009 and was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Rogers lives in Toronto.

Melanie Janisse
is a native of Windsor, Ontario. She holds degrees Communications from Concordia University and Visual Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Now a resident of Toronto, Melanie keeps active as a visual artist, poet, designer and shop owner. Orioles in the Oranges (Guernica Editions, 2009) is her first collection of poetry.

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