May Busy-ness

There were a number of events in May that  featured BookThug authors. We would like to share a little more detail of these past events.

Monday May 26, 2014

“The Coming Envelope #9” had its at The Common on College Street with readings by contributors Kilby Smith-McGregor, Jonathan Pappo and S.D. Chrostowska. Fiction Editor Malcolm Sutton graciously hosted the event.

The event page also shared the bios of these readers:

S.D. Chrostowska is the author of Permission (Dalkey Archive Press, 2013) and a scattering of short pieces in American, Canadian and British literary journals.

Jonathan Pappo is in Toronto. To live currently, he has just finished editing and handing out some issues of the magazine COUGH, focusing on ideas of collaboration. He has been fortunate to be part of Rampike, BafterC, and performances here and there. He is working alongside Zoë Alexis-Abrams on the metaphysical-rural blot series CONTEXT, NA and co-presents a performance series called UHOH with David Peter Clark.

Kilby Smith-McGregor reads and writes in Toronto. She has contributed both fiction and nonfiction to Brick, and published recent stories in Descant and Web Conjunctions. A new essay will appear this fall in The Kenyon Review Online. Kilby holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, where she has also taught creative writing through the Centre For Open Learning. She was recognized by the Writers’ Trust of Canada with the 2009 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award. You can hear an excerpt of her fiction at AuthorsAloud.

Also in issue 9, work by Eugene Lim and Thomas Phillips.

Wednesday May 28, 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, The Poetry Project’s Wednesday Night Reading Series was held in St. Mark’s Church in New York. The featured readers were Japanese poet, Hiromi Itō and BookThug’s own, Erín Moure, who read from her collaborative book with Chus Pato, Secession/Insecession.  Both poets read their work to a captive audience

Hiromi Itō, as her bio reads, is one of the most highly regarded poets in Japan: “Since her sensational debut in the late 1970s as a free-spirited and intelligent female poet with shamanisitic qualities, Ito has published more than 10 collections of poetry.”

BookThug’s Erín Moure has published 17 books of poetry in English and Galician/English, and 12 volumes of poetry translated into English from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese. Her twin-book with Chus Pato, Secession / Insecession, published by BookThug, is available for purchase.

The Poetry Project is well-known for its annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading of creative works.

Thursday May 29, 2014

Belladonna* presented readings and dialogue with Angela Carr and Erin Moure, moderated by Rachel Levitsky.

As the Belladonna* website says: “The Belladonna* mission is to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language.”

Angela Carr read from her latest collection of poetry, Here in There: “a lyric petition to the human faculty of attention. Erín Moure read from her new translation of Chus Pato’s biopoetical essay, Secession, published with Moure’s own response text Insecession. Notably, Chus Pato also presented by means of a short video reading.

The Belladonna event page reads: “In your company and with your contributions, Carr and Moure (and Pato as well) look forward to engaging in conversations on attentiveness, on the future and building a space for it, on nation states and borders, on translation and translatability, on affective economies and momentary ones, on civic unrest, on poetry and politics.”

As always, keep an eye on the BookThug events page for exciting opportunities (just like these aforementioned readings). There’s always something happening, and it would be great to see you there!

The views expressed in this BookThug blog entry is held by the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of BookThug.

Kristen Smith received her Bachelors of Arts in English at Mount Allison University (Sackville, New Brunswick). In 2006, she was awarded the Graham Atlantic Writing Prize for her collection of poetry, Voices. Additionally, Kristen was selected as one of six poets internationally to participate in the Writing With Style program at the Banff Centre, Banff, AB (2012). In both her creative and her academic writing, Kristen explores themes of absence, nostalgia, and belonging. She currently studies at Ryerson University where she is completing a Master of Arts in Literatures of Modernity. Kristen lives in Toronto with her husband.

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