October 5: Chris Banks, Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst, and Carolyn Black

We are very lucky to have two out of town poets for October 5: Chris Banks of Waterloo and Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst (Melbourne, Australia). They’ll be joining hometown hero and fictioneer Carolyn Black. Come help us welcome them!
Raised in the Ontario communities of Bancroft, Sioux Lookout and Stayner, Chris Banks took his BA at the University of Guelph, a Master’s in Cretive Writing at Concordia and an education degree at Western. His first book, Bonfires, received the 2004 Jack Chalmers Award for Poetry and was also shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. His latest book, Winter Cranes, was published Fall 2011 by ECW Press. You can find him online through his blog Table Music at www.chrisbanksy.blogspot.com. Check out Winter Cranes here: http://www.ecwpress.com/books/winter-cranes; and read four poems from Winter Cranes here: http://mtls.ca/issue9/writings/poetry/chris-banks
Carolyn Black’s first collection of short stories, The Odious Child, was published by Nightwood Editions in the spring of 2011. The story “Serial Love” from this collection was published in the prestigious Journey Prize anthology, and “At World’s End, Falling Off” won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards. She received an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, where she now works, converting early modern manuscripts into books, and converting these books into encoded data for the web. She lives in Toronto when not inhabiting the spaces between then, now and soon. Read up on The Odious Child here: http://www.nightwoodeditions.com/title/TheOdiousChild
Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst is a visual artist and writer. Her work has appeared in several Canadian journals, including Descant, Room, Arc, and The Malahat Review. Her poems have also been anthologized in Approaches to Poetry: the pre-poem moment. Her first book, Apologetic for Joy, is just out with Goose Lane Editions.
Here’s what Sachiko Murakami, your host for the evening, had to say about Apologetic for Joy: “‘No one,’ Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst claims, ‘has ‘the reins on radiance,’ but she is a poet stepping into the sun, wielding a magnifying glass. Her voice is a beam that sings and dazzles, and these are poems to set heart ablaze.” Check out the book here: http://www.gooselane.com/book/9780864926319
Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Chris Banks, Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst, and Carolyn Black
Wednesday, October 5
8 PM
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West

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