Poets Brecken Hancock, Kate Hargreaves, Jeff Latosik, Andy McGuire, Talya Rubin, Zachariah Wells and Liz Worth read from their latest works. Oana Avasilichioaei acts as MC.
Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet, translator and editor whose poetry collections include We, Beasts (winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry) and feria: a poempark. In recent years, Avasilichioaei has also been mapping poetry into performative sound work (oanalab.com) and translates poetry and prose from Romanian and French. She has also edited several magazine issues, including Poetry in Translation. Avasilichioaei presents the collection Limbinal, which intersects prose fragments with incantatory dialogues, poetic footnotes with photographic phrases and rebellious translations with liquid transpositions.
Brecken Hancock's poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in Lemon Hound, The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, Studies in Canadian Literature, and the website Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Hancock presents her first book of poems, Broom Broom, a collection that perverts the rational, safe parts of the world to extoll and absorb the sweep of human history. Broom Broom is the 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry winner.
Kate Hargreaves is a writer, book designer and roller derby skater in Windsor. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Detours and Whisky Sour City, as well as in journals across Canada and the USA. She won a Governor General's Academic Medal for her graduate work in creative writing and in 2015 was voted Windsor's best writer by readers of The Windsor Independent. Hargreaves presents Leak, a new collection of poetry that explores the relationship between language and the body to understand the borders and leaks of our everyday existence.
Jeff Latosik is the author of Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, a poetry collection that won the 2011 Trillium Award and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert and Relit awards. His work has been published widely in Canada in magazines such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve and the Literary Review of Canada. He is also the winner of This Magazine’s Great Literary Hunt and the P.K. Page Founder’s Award. He teaches English at the University of Toronto. Latosik presents Safely Home Pacific Western. Using the wily language of patent and invention, this collection peers deep into the notion of personal and communal progress.
Andy McGuire is from Grand Bend, Ontario, and currently resides in Toronto. He is pursuing an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. McGuire’s poems have appeared in Riddle Fence, Hazlitt and The Walrus. He will present Country Club.
Talya Rubin is a poet, playwright and theatre creator/performer whose poetry has garnered the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem and was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She lives in Montreal with her husband and son. Rubin presents her debut collection, Leaving the Island. Rife with exacting wordplay and frank self-reckonings, it is a book about endings and what remains when we start over.
Zachariah Wells is the author of three collections of poetry, several chapbooks, a children's book and a collection of critical essays. He is also the editor of Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets and The Essential Kenneth Leslie. His poems have been translated into Bosnian and Spanish and adapted into operatic songs by composer Erik Ross. Wells lives in Halifax where he works for VIA Rail as a service attendant and as a freelance writer and editor. He presents his third collection of poems, Sum, which weighs the mutability of the self against the forces of habit, instinct and urge.
Liz Worth is the author of four books, including PostApoc and Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond. Currently, she is working on an occult-inspired vampire novel and is rewriting Twin Peaks scripts as original poetry. Worth presents Amphetamine Heart, a collection of poems channeling punk and heavy metal influences to explore the dark undercurrents that often permeate party culture, as well as No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol, in which she appropriates the original text of Andy Warhol's a, A Novel and turns each page into a unique poem.