It’s very nice to see Alice Burdick’s latest Book of Short Sentences get a little attention. CV2 has published a small overview in their Snapshots section but Alex Porco really takes a deep dive in Jacket 2. It’s so difficult these days to get worthy books reviewed. The major papers rarely mention poetry and when they do it’s typically a paragraph exiled in some ‘poet’s corner.’ Porco is always a thoughtful writer and he reviews Book of Short Sentences with an understanding of Burdick’s previous work for context. Reading this is a reminder of what good criticism can be when it’s written with such careful attention to detail.
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The ReLit Award Long Shortlists have just been announced and Mansfield has managed to have three titles singled out in the poetry section. There are strong titles on this year’s list so it is great to be recognized in such great company. Congratulations to Eva H.D., Tara Azzopardi, and Nick Papaxanthos. Now for the home run!
rob mclennan just posted a nice little write-up of his trip to Vancouver to read with Mansfield Press author Stephen Brockwell at the venerable Lunch Poems at SFU reading series. Stephen read from his brand new All Of Us Reticent, Here, Together. Sounds like a lot of fun.
Our valiant former editor Stuart Ross has come up with a fantastic idea for a fundraiser in support of the important work PEN Canada does. Here’s the scoop:
1,000 Bird Poems by Necakov: A PEN Fundraiser Marathon
1,000 Bird Poems by Necakov: A PEN Fundraiser Marathon will feature about 25 guest poets and other personalities, each reading about 40 tweet-length poems by Toronto poet Lillian Necakov.
The money raised (from PWYC admission at the door, and door prize tickets), goes entirely to PEN Canada, a vital organization dedicated to promoting free speech and keeping writers out of prison around the world. Readers taking part include Gary Barwin, Adebe DA, Dennis Lee, Canisia Lubrin, Susan Perly, Stuart Ross, Karen Solie and Jacqueline Valencia.
The event takes place Wednesday January 18 at Supermarket in Toronto’s Kensington Market. It’s a great cause, with lots of great writers reading from Lillian’s amazing 1000 Bird Poems.
The great Pivot Reading Series will have its season opener on January 11th hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney. Our very own Meaghan Strimas will be on hand to read from her latest book Yes or Nope. Meaghan is an entertaining reader and this is a great opportunity to catch up on her latest if you missed our recent launches. The line-up for the night also includes work by Adnan Khan, Craig Francis Power, and Moez Surani. You can find more information on the series and on these talented writers on the Pivot website.
The Steady Café
1051 Bloor St West
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