I think it’s about time to share some very exciting news on this blog: along with the illustrious Edward Nixon, I’ll be co-hosting the July edition of Livewords on July 4th! Livewords is one of my favourite reading series in the city, and this is in no small part due to Ed’s excellent planning and hosting month after month. It goes without saying that I’m super-hyped to be co-hosting (and running the open mic) in July.
Aside from taking on some of the hosting duties, I was also invited to help schedule our readers for the evening. Basically, this means that our lineup includes some of my favourite poets ever: Jeramy Dodds, Jim Johnstone, and Ian Williams. I’ve posted their bios below…but seriously, if you have any faith at all in my taste in poetry, you have to come check these guys out. The event takes place on July 4th at the Black Swan Tavern (on the Danforth near Broadview station). Doors open at 7:30, readings start at 8:00. You can also check out the facebook event page here.
Finally, one last reminder that the launch of The Quilliad happens at 8pm TOMORROW (June 17) at Tequila Bookworm. I hope to see all of you out at both events!
Oh, and here are those bios:
Jeramy Dodds grew up in Orono, Ontario, Canada. He is the winner of the 2006 Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the 2007 CBC Literary Award for poetry. His first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books, 2008), was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, and won the Trillium Book Award for poetry.
Jim Johnstone is the author of three books of poetry, including Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011) and Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010). Frog Hollow Press published his latest chapbook, Epoch, in 2013. He’s a former winner of the CBC Poetry Prize, Matrix Magazine’s Lit-Pop Award and The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize. Currently, he’s the Poetry Editor at Palimpsest Press.
Ian Williams is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone’s Anything, winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.