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Wednesday 7 June 2017, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Organized by : Griffin Poetry Prize
Come and hear a selection of the best poetry in the world from the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets – Jordan Abel , Hoa Nguyen, Sandra Ridley, Jane Mead, Abdellatif Laabi, Donald Nicholson-Smith, Alice Oswald and Denise Riley. The Griffin Poetry Prize annually awards $65,000 each to a Canadian poet and an international poet. During the evening, a Lifetime Recognition award will also be presented to an internationally acclaimed poet.
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The Griffin Trust’s support for poetry focuses on the annual Griffin Poetry Prize, which awards literary prizes totaling $200,000 (Cdn) to Canadian and international nominated books of poetry.
knife | fork | book
presents R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder
Thursday, June 8
Doors open at 6:30PM
Rick’s Cafe (281 Augusta Avenue)
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
More information and updates here.
Saturday 10 June 2017, 2:30-4:00pm
Surrey Art Gallery
Using poems, paintings, videos, and bingo cards, local artist collective High Muck a Muck tell stories of 19th century to present-day Chinese immigration to the west coast of Canada.
Join High Muck a Muck coordinator, writer, and artist Nicola Harwood, along with poet Fred Wah, composer Jin Zhang, artist and researcher Cora Li-Leger, and Surrey Art Gallery curator Jordan Strom to discuss history, identity, migration, and narrative in new forms of digital practice.
Centaur Theatre will host the much-anticipated remount of Tableau D’Hôte’s production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna, which swept the METAs in 2015. Eloi ArchamBaudoin and Davide Chiazzese will reprise their roles as the trans heroine and her gone-to-seed biker boyfriend.
July 6 to 23, 2017
Read more about the Centaur’s 2016-7 season in the Montreal Gazette.
M.A.C. Farrant will participate in the Sidney Literary Festival this fall!
September 22–24, 2017
Sidney (Vancouver Island), British Columbia
The second offering for the upcoming season is a play by Drew Hayden Taylor, Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth. “On the success of last years’ hit, Crees In The Caribbean, I felt our audience would enjoy another of Drew’s plays,” said Currie. “It is crucial in this community that we present the work of First Nations artists, and Drew is one of the best.” Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth runs at Magnus Theatre from October 26 to November 11, 2017.
Please visit the Magnus Theatre website for tickets and more info
Save the date
is the 2017 Festival of Readers!
The Festival of Readers: St. Catharines is a new, annual event designed to celebrate the love of reading and help to build a literary culture in the Niagara regions.
Talon poet Stephen Collis will be reading at the festival.
More details here
more details to come
Empire of the Son
by Tetsuro Shigematsu
A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre production
Jan. 16 – 28, 2018
at Alberta Theatre Projects
ATP’s entry into the 32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo is a co-presentation with One Yellow Rabbit of a play by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu that has been wowing audiences across Canada. Empire of the Son is a funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show about Shigematsu’s rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father, Akira. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960’s London, and also uses audio recordings and photographs to paint an intimate family portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express. The show, which has seen sold out runs in other cities, plays from Jan. 16 to 28, 2018.
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.