Reading with Margaret Christakos this Saturday

Reading with Margaret Christakos this Saturday

I’ll be reading with Margaret Christakos this weekend to welcome her new book, Multitudes.

Here’s the event fbook page. The details are below.

Co-presented by Coach House Books and St Stephen in-the-Fields Church, please join us for

a poetry book launch by Margaret Christakos
with special guests
Nicole Rampersaud, Jimmy McInnes and Sarah Pinder

Saturday, March 22, 2014
**4:00-6:30 pm**

a. Complimentary hula hoop display and facial derecognition from 4pm
b. Performances 4:45-5:45pm
c. First beverage free to those prompt enough, until supplies diminish
d. Free bag of onions with book purchase (one per billfold)
e. Complimentary fruit and hand fans, with open field seating, upon “gingham.”

Church of St Stephen in-the-Fields
103 Bellevue Ave, Toronto, ON (at College)
(416) 921-6350

new zine: New Year’s

I made a new mini zine, with the poem I wrote on New Year’s day in it. I’ve made fifty of these, and won’t be printing a second batch once they’re gone. You can paypal 2$+postage (65c/CAN, 1.10$/US, 1.85$/INTL) to bitsofstring@yahoo.ca and I’ll send you one in the mail!

zine cover

Mary Tremonte silk-screened the covers for me, and I’m so happy with them! It’s the first time I’ve ever included a silkscreened element in a zine, but I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try it. I’ve never been satisfied with photocopies for covers when I’m looking for solid, saturated colour. Silkscreening made all the difference on these.

first page

Mary’s an artist who does all kinds of print and patch-making – maybe you’ve seen her work with justseeds? She included this patch in the bag when I went to pick up my covers – fittingly, as we’d both been at a talk by Jack Halberstam about queer readings on anarchy the night before.

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Be Prepared screening at Ghost Hole V this weekend

My new video, Be Prepared, is screening at Ghost Hole V this weekend, on Toronto Island.

RAIN OR SHINE – $13 advance (soundscapes) / $15 door

Full lineup details | Facebook event page

This event is at an old elementary school on the island – there are 4 stairs at the entrance to the building, and activities happening outside in limited light / on the beach. The city-run ferry to the island is accessible, but I’m not sure of the accessibility of the ‘ghost ship’.

Next Week: RVIVR and a 12 Hour bpNichol Marathon, in Toronto!

RVIVR, the band I read with in Olympia, WA, this spring while out on tour with Imogen, is playing in Toronto on October 5th (facebook). I’m still coasting on the high of that show in Olympia – their new album The Beauty Between was a big part of
my summer’s soundtrack. I’m so excited for the show next week!

RVIVR 
ANTI-VIBES 
FORCE QUIT
and DJ Mary Mack and Leila P

The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave @ Bloor
Tickets $10 
Wheelchair Accessible, Active Listeners
Doors at 7 + Show at 8. 

Bands will end at 11pm sharp. Dance party until 2am.

 

AND after I get my pogo on at the Tranzac, I’m heading down to read at Avant Garden’s 12 hour renegade Nuit Blanche event: a “later reading / latter writing / related rewrite of” bpNichol’s Martyrology.
I’m reading from / around book seven of the series at 1:45 a.m. If you’re in the core for Nuit Blanche, drop by during the night and join us!

bp-nichol

6pm Saturday October 5, 2013- 6am Sunday October 6, 2013.
Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Belleview Ave. @ College
FREE
Wheelchair accessible entrance and washrooms

Readers include: bill bissett, Gary Barwin, David Bateman, David Peter Clarke, David Goldstein, Mark Goldstein, Laurie D. Graham, Ralph Kelowe, Tanis MacDonald, Lynn McClory, Jay MillAr, Sarah Pinder and many more! Audience participation will be encouraged (but not required) at various points.

Lemonhound Reviews Cutting Room

Diana Jones-Ellis reviewed Cutting Room, over at Lemonhound.

I write micro-reviews, generally – the magazines I’ve done work for typically have a really brief word count for their reviews. It’s always a task to elbow in a book’s worth of ideas and content into a few sentences, and to often have to trim to the barest bones to meet a word count. So it was a thrill to have someone sit down with my book and have more time and breathing room to go further into what they thought of how the poems worked.