I'm just back from the Montreal launch of the Cormorant Books 2011 poetry line titles. A packed house took in readings by myself (The Other Side of Ourselves), Jack Hannan (Some Frames), Bruce Taylor (No End in Strangeness - and no relation to me, if you're wondering), and contributors Amanda Jernigan and Michael Lithgow from the Undercurrents anthology. The hardest-working-woman-in-poetry, Cormorant poetry line editor, Robyn Sarah, hosted the evening and read a few poems from other Undercurrents contributors who couldn't attend in person - including a fantastic poem by Daniel Karasik to close the evening. Though a hard fought battle, "poem of the night" went to Amanda Jernigan's "Blackout" - if you're curious about the poem, you'll just have to pick up a copy of Undercurrents...
It was a real pleasure to be amongst such talented and generous writers, and served to extend my state of delight that has been lingering since the Vancouver launch on Saturday. Speaking of which, a couple reports on the Vancouver launch have surfaced, one by Roxana Necsulescu for BC Bookworld here and another by Taryn Hubbard here (and thanks, Taryn, for the photo on this post). Thanks, Roxana and Taryn, for taking the time to write those up.
Next up, Toronto! Details are still coming in, but one reading has been confirmed. I'll be reading at the launch of the final issue of Misunderstandings Magazine (the issue will include a new poem of mine) on June 2nd. The details:
livewords: Readings & Celebration: Misunderstandings Final IssueIf you're in Toronto, I hope to see you there!
Thursday, June 2nd, 8:00 PM
The Black Swan
154 Danforth, 2nd Floor, Toronto
Featuring: Al Moritz, Sam Cheuk, Mat Laporte, Paul Vermeersch, myself, and many more!