John Terpstra and Deena Kara Shaffer
John Terpstra has published nine books of poetry and three of creative non-fiction. His work has been short-listed for the Governor General’s Award, the Raymond Souster Award, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction and the BC Award for Canadian Non-fiction, and has won the CBC Radio Literary Prize for Poetry, the Bressani Poetry Prize, and several Hamilton Arts Book Awards.
His latest book of poetry is Brilliant Falls, and his publisher, Gaspereau Press, will soon release (fall 2014) The House With the Parapet Wall, a new work of non-fiction.
He lives in downtown Hamilton, where he is self-employed as a cabinetmaker and carpenter.
Deena Kara Shaffer:
Deena Kara Shaffer’s poetry has appeared in many magazines including The Dalhousie Review, FreeFall, Canadian Voices: Volume 2. The Grey Totewas short-listed for the Marina Nemat Award. Currently a Learning Specialist at Ryerson University, Shaffer lives in Toronto.
The Grey Tote is impressive for its attitude and language–its direct expression of fear, its realization of mortality in the technological labyrinth. The style is direct, spare, hard, clear, but with elegance and significant whimsy.”
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JonArno Lawson and Jim Smith
Enjoy It While It Hurts is an edifying miscellany of quarrelsome quips, holiday oddities, benevolent advice, curious thoughts and comically apocalyptic melancholia. This delightful collection of light verse and nonsense poetry written and illustrated by the award-winning, multitalented JonArno Lawson keeps alive the traditions of Edward Gorey, Shel Silverstein and Hilaire Belloc. Erudite, witty and wholly original, Lawson’s wordplay is serious business.
JonArno Lawson is the award-winning author of numerous books of poetry for children and adults, including Black Stars in a White Night Sky, A Voweller’s Bestiary and Think Again. A two-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry, he lives in Toronto with his wife and children.
Jim Smith moved from his birthplace, Niagara Falls, to Kingston in 1952. He started writing seriously in Grade 8 in 1963. His first published story earned him $5 from West Coast Review in 1972. His magazine, The Front, lasted from about 1972 to 1980, and the spinoff Front Press published books and pamphlets in the ’80s by writers like David McFadden, bpNichol, Wayne Clifford and Stuart Ross. Between 1979 and 1998, Smith published about half a dozen books of poetry, plus a number of chapbooks and ephemera. In the mid-’90s he diverted himself to law, and has been a civil litigator for the last decade. His Mansfield books are Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems (2009) and Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra. He continues to live and write in Toronto.
“The strength of Smith’s poetry is in his ability to yoke wildly divergent extremes by sheer force of will, asserting that even trivial preoccupations are symptomatic of larger injustices. In this way, his absurdism constantly points to the world.” — Kirstie McCallum, Fiddlehead
“After a slow, cover-to-cover exploration of the many canyons of Smith’s memory, one becomes certain that one has encountered an entirely singular personality, the way in which all great poets have found the sacred way to express themselves and no other.” — Spencer Gordon, Dangerous Literature
“This is not a comfortable book. You won’t find many places to sit and relax, breathe purer air, calm yourself. Smith’s rancor and scornful guffaw can remind one of Jimmy Porter’s verbal tirades in Look Back in Anger.” — Patricia Keeney, ARC
“Fucking good poet!” — Javier Cercas, author of Soldiers of Salamis
Chris Hutchison and Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
Chris Hutchinson was born in Montreal, grew up in Victoria, has since pursued various livelihoods (cooking in restaurants, working in offices, and occasionally teaching creative writing at high schools, colleges, and universities), and has made his home in such places as Vancouver, Dawson City, Kelowna, New York City, and, most recently, Houston, Texas.
He is the author of three previous poetry books and several chapbooks. His work has also been published in numerous magazines and journals, including PRISM International, ARC, Canadian Literature, Malahat Review, SubTerrain, Geist, and The Fiddlehead, in anthologies such as A Verse Map of Vancouver, Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, Third Floor Lounge, and Hammer and Tongs: A Smoking Lung Anthology, and been translated into Chinese.
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of the poetry books Status Update (2013), currently nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert award winning Sweet Devilry (2011). She is featured in Best Canadian Poetry 2013, and is also the author of several children’s books, including A Flock of Shoes and Warriors and Wailers. Sarah’s work has been named to the OLA Best Bets for Children 2010, Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011 & 2012, and the Toronto Public Library’s First and Best Book List (2012).
She is also the editor of the anthology Desperately Seeking Susans, and the forthcoming Tag: Canadian Poets at Play. Her new Young Adult novel, Breathing Fire was just released with Orca Books.
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SHOW STARTS @ 8:15
Open Mic sign-up 7:30
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The Mike Lipsius Chapbook Launch:
LESSONS IN GRAVITY
(Stone’s Throw Publications)
Mike Lipsius grew up in Ennismore, Ontario.
He has been a popular poet on the Toronto poetry scene since 2006 and has been a featured reader at Plasticine Poetry, The Art Bar, Cryptic Chatter, Livewords, Word Jam, Back Burner Productions festival series and The Beautiful and the Damned. He has also competed in the Toronto Poetry Slam.
He has been producing and hosting the Rochdale Rhymes and Readings monthly poetry reading series since 2008, with occasional breaks to concentrate on his own work.
His poetry has been published in Misunderstandings Magazine, Chrysalis, NōD and the Palabras Press anthologies.
Trained as a journalist, his ability to observe small details reverberates through the heart of his poetry.
Mike Lipsius captivates with his quirky, creative, vulnerable yet powerful poetry. Again and again, he finds lovely gems in the centre of the chaos and holds them up to the light with honesty and humour.
- Kate Marshall Flaherty
Mike Lipsius’ poetry reads with a sullen, quiet camaraderie. It extracts the eloquence of casual happenstance, showing a fierce potency in being blunt and frank, while creating an elegiac tapestry woven with threads of sensitivity and grace.
- Valentino Assenza
PLUS… a Tribute Reader set
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