Ottawa, June 5th!

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i’m excited to be travelling to Ottawa in two weeks to read at the Ottawa Art Gallery as part of the A/B reading series! Here’s the details: 

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8 pm

Ottawa Art Gallery
Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ont.

Free
A hat will be passed.

**accessibility info forthcoming**

SARAH PINDER is the author of the poetry collection, Cutting Room (Coach House Books, 2012). Her writing has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards and included in the anthology She’s Shameless, and magazines likeGeist, Arc and Poetry is Dead. A zine-maker of over a decade, you can find her work in Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines, as well as a mailbox near you. She lives in Toronto.

ANTONINO MAZZA is the author of acclaimed translations of Eugenio Montale, The Bones of Cuttlefish (1983), and of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Poetry(1991). For the latter he was awarded the Italo Calvino Translation Prize from Columbia University (1992).  He has published two books of his own poetry, one of which, The Way I Remember It (1992), was first released as a recording (1988), choreographed by the Vancouver-based E.D.A.M. Dance Company and widely performed. For the same book published in Italian translation, La nostra casa è in un orecchio cosmico (Molteleone editore, 1998), he was the recipient of the 2001 Grotteria Prize. His reissue of The City Without Women: A Chronicle of Internment Life in Canada During World War II, won the Brutium “Calabria” Gold Medal in Rome and inspired the NFB documentary Barbed Wire and Mandolins (1997). More recently he has published Urban Harvest (Trans-Verse, 2004), Immigrant Songs, The poems, fiction and letters of Saro D’Agostino(Quattro Books, 2012) and The Other Passenger (Trans-Verse, 2013). He lives in Ottawa and teaches at Carleton University. http://antoninomazza.wordpress.com/about/

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!

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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.