Thursday, May 13, 2010

ottawa small press book fair; pre-fair reading

the semi-annual ottawa small press book fair
pre-fair reading; lovingly hosted by rob mclennan

Friday, June 25, 2010;doors 7pm, readings 7:30
at the Carleton Tavern, upstairs
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale Avenue)

with readings by:
Mark Goldstein (Toronto)
Faizal Deen (Ottawa)
Pearl Pirie (Ottawa)
& Myna Wallin (Toronto)
Tracelanguage: A Shared Breath, Mark Goldstein's most recent book of poems, was published by BookThug in Spring 2010. It transtranslates poet Paul Celan's seminal 1967 work, Atemwende. In 2008, BookThug issued Goldstein's first book, After Rilke: To Forget You Sang, a series of homophonic translations based on Rilke’s The Voices. Accompanying these translations are a set of letters Goldstein wrote in homage to the late American poet, Jack Spicer. Last fall, Goldstein's Beautiful Outlaw imprint published Handwerk, a slip-cased set of six chapbooks by poets Phil Hall, Erin Moure, Oana Avasilichioaei, Angela Carr, Jay MillAr, and Goldstein. Presently, Goldstein facilitates a course on Transtranslation at the Toronto New School of Writing. Goldstein lives in Cabbagetown, Toronto.

Myna Wallin is an author and editor born and living in Toronto. Myna’s first full-length poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published in 2006 by Tightrope Books. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Algonquin Square Table Anthology, Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, Eye Weekly, Kiss Machine, In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural, the Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Nod, and Rampike. She recently received an Honourable Mention from Contemporary Verse 2 for their 2009 2-Day Poem Contest. She also received an Honorary Mention in the 2010 Winston Collins / Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Myna also hosts “In Other Words” on CKLN, where she has been interviewing authors since 2004. After receiving her MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, Myna taught Effective Writing at George Brown College for several years. For Tightrope she has edited Sandra Kasturi’s The Animal Bridegroom, Phoebe Tsang’s Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, and co-edited I.V. Lounge Nights with Alex Boyd. Myna is launching her first book of fiction this spring, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, with Tightrope Books.

Pearl Pirie writes in Ottawa and lives in her head (with outings for chocolate). Her poems appear in the AngelHouse Press anthology chapbooks whack of clouds (2008) and Pent Up (2009). Her chapbooks include over my dead corpus (AngelHouse, 2010), boathouse (above/ground, 2008) and a forthcoming collection from Chaudiere Books entitled been shed bore. She blogs at pesbo and a few other places.

Faizal Deen [see his 12 or 20 questions here] was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1968 and lives in Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of Land Without Chocolate, a Memoir (1999), shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize in Poetry from the Quebec Writer's Federation in 2000. At present, he is working on two new books of poetry, The Best Ghosts in The World, a Film and The Pornography of Harry Persaud and hopes to read publicly from both of these works over the course of 2010. He has won several awards, including prizes from the League of Canadian Poets and from the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York, New York. His work was anthologized last year in the highly acclaimed, LAMBDA award-winning, Our Caribbean, A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (2009), edited by Thomas Glave.

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