We’re in the thick of it now, just the last few shows before the annual spring floodgates of new books open up. And we have a really incredible show, with three poets and a poet-slash-fictionaut. Folks from Newfoundland and Ottawa and Halifax. The great Hoa Nguyen. Worth coming out for on a winter night, I’d say.
Jeff Blackman’s poetry has appeared in periodicals such as Blacklock’s Reporter, In/Words, and the Steel Chisel, the anthology Five (Apt. 9 Press), and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 (Tightrope Books). He keeps warm in Ottawa, Ontario, with his growing family.
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the DC area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. She is the author of eight books and chapbooks including her early selected, Red Juice published by Wave Books. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a small press journal of poetry and poetics. She currently lives in Toronto, where she curates a reading series and teaches poetics privately and at Ryerson University. In the fall, Wave is publishing her next collection, titled Violet Energy Ingots.
Patrick Warner was born in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1963. He has published four collections of poetry: All Manner of Misunderstanding (Killick Press, 2001), There, there (Signal Editions, 2005), Mole (House of Anansi Press, 2009), and Perfection (Goose Lane/Ice House, 2012). He has also published two novels: Double Talk (Breakwater, 2011) and One Hit Wonders (Breakwater, 2015). He is the rare books and special collections librarian for Memorial University Libraries.
Zachariah Wells is the author of several books, most recently the essay collection Career Limiting Moves and the poetry title Sum. Originally from PEI, he has hung his hat on all three coasts and several points in between. He now lives with his wife, writer Rachel Lebowitz, and their son in Halifax, from whence he rides the rails to Montreal aboard Via Rail’s “Ocean” train.
Pivot Readings at The Steady Cafe
Featuring Jeff Blackman, Hoa Nguyen, Patrick Warner, and Zachariah Wells
Wednesday, February 24th
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)
Hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney