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A number of Talon authors participate in WORD Vancouver this year! Here are their events (but also see the full schedule on the WORD website):
Tuesday, September 19
6:30 p.m. at VPL Britannia Branch
Join us for delightful pairings of poetic voices. Voices become differently engaged when set against another writer’s work. Listen as couplets bounce words off one another, relate their stories, and rejoice in the collaboration of expression. Question period to follow. Pairs: Jónína Kirton and Sho Wiley, Elee Kraljii Gardiner and RC Weslowski, Bonnie Nish and Angela Rebrec, Cynthia Sharp and Timothy Shay, Chelsea Comeau and Lara Varesi. Hosted by Mary Duffy.
Sunday, September 24
11:00 a.m. in the Perspective Point (Peter Kaye Room)
Mixed Voices Raised
More and more, we live in a society of hybridized, mixed, or blended identities. What is it like to write and read from within or beyond the hyphen or transnational identities? What creative opportunities does hybridity present? Join authors Leanne Dunic, Mercedes Eng, and Carleigh Baker in a reading and discussion of writing in fluid identity contexts. Moderated by Hapa-palooza Festival co-founder Anna Ling Kaye.
12:30 p.m. on the CUPE Stage (Homer Street)
Reading by Danielle LaFrance
Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and militant. Since 1983 she has mostly resided on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author Species Branding (CUE, 2010) and Friendly Fire (Talonbooks, 2016) as well as the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC, 2013). From 2012 to 2016, she co-organized, alongside Anahita Jamali Rad, the feminist materialist reading and journal series, About a Bicycle. Recent attempts at Spanish-English poetry translations have been published on the online magazine inPeregrinos y sus Letras. A new book of poetry and experimental prose is in development.
1:00 p.m. at Port of View (Alice MacKay Room, central branch of VPL)
Feeling a Little Mixed—or—Do I Have a Story to Tell You?
There are gifts and challenges that come with hybrid identities. We may feel that life would have been simpler if we had only one culture or group to be responsible to. And yet we see the possibilities in the weaving. Our stories are enriched by the willingness to embrace it all. Together we will write. All persons of between welcome. Jónína Kirton, a prairie born mixed-blood Métis/Icelandic poet, just released her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, with Talonbooks.
3:25 p.m. in the Sunrise Suite (South Plaza)
Reading by Stephen Collis
First Sketch of a Poem I Will Not Have Written (above/ground press) is the first installment of a long poem, in 47 installments, that should occupy “Stephen Collis”: for the next 5–10 years. The poems use a random-generation procedure to derive material not previously used from over 90 notebooks Stephen has kept since beginning an almost daily journal practice in 1990. Here research notes, quotations, observations, descriptions, drafts of poems, outlines, squibs, and complaints become the foundation of new poems written when he wasn’t looking. Stephen Collis’ many books of poetry include The Commons (Talonbooks 2008; 2014), On the Material (Talonbooks 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), and Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016—nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature).
4:05 p.m. in the Sunrise Suite (South Plaza)
Reading by Jónína Kirton
An Honest Woman explores the many ways the female body is shaped by questions that have been too political to ask: What happens when a woman decides to take her sexuality into her own hands, dismissing cultural norms and the expectations of her parents? Can a woman reconnect with her Indigenous community by choosing Indigenous lovers? From the perspective of a mixed-race woman, Kirton engages with Simone de Beauvoir and Donald Trump to unravel the norms of femininity and sexuality that continue to adhere today. Jónína Kirton is a prairie-born Métis/Icelandic poet, author, and facilitator. In 2016, Jónína received Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category.
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.
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