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Eva H.D. wins Montreal International Poetry Prize!

Big and hearty congratulations to Eva H.D., whose poem “38 Michigans” placed top in the Montreal International Poetry Prize. The prize brings with it $20,000. The editorial board looked at over 2,000 entries from 66 countries before handing off a shortlist to prize judge Eavan Boland.

You can hear Eva reading her poem right here.

Eva’s first poetry collection, Rotten Perfect Mouth, was published by Mansfield Press this past spring. It has quickly become one of the fastest-selling poetry titles in Mansfield’s history.

Prize judge Eavan Boland wrote:

This poem—“38 Michigans”—is a quirky, intense elegy. It works so well, I think, because it makes fresh again an old and powerful basis of lament: one in which all the contours of ordinary reference and experience are forced into a new shape. Where any logic of place or geography becomes the willing servant of memory and longing.

We never get to feel here that the person missed or lost is also being objectified into silence or passivity—a big risk in the contemporary elegy. Instead the subject of the poem is defined, right from the start, in original, offbeat, surprising ways so that we stay connected to them and to the emotional colour of the poem. They are “thirty-eight Michigans away.” Or they are “polishing off a sandwich made of rare, impossible air.”

There is a fine line being managed here between the sugar of whimsical language and the shadow of an actual loss. But the management is always adroit and convincing. The poem benefits from the tension. The whimsy itself suggests that grief has found a voice and is making its own reality with a devil-take-the-hindmost defiance.

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Jim Smith at the Toronto Fringe!

Our excellent friend Jim Smith (Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra) is staging a one-man play at the Toronto Fringe Festival. I Love You, Judy Merril is an homage to his old friend the science-fiction legend. In his inimitable, obsessive, generous way, he explores her life as well as his own. There are still a few shows to catch!

It happens at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue. July 7, 3:15 pm; July 8, 6:30 pm; July 10, 1:45 pm; July 11, 9:45 pm; July 12, 12:30 pm.


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Stuart Ross triple launch in Cobourg June 30th.

StuartToqueWe’re obviously not keeping Mansfield editor Stuart Ross busy enough this year. Somehow he’s managed to come out with three books. He’ll be launching all of them in his hometown of Cobourg on Tuesday, June 30, 7 PM, at the Human Bean on King St. The three books are quite different so it should be a fun night, showing off Stuart’s various talents. Here’s a local write-up on his manic production. And these are the books:

A HAMBURGER IN A GALLERY features new poetry and it’s published by DC Books.

MY PLANET OF KITES — A translation of Montreal poet Marie-Ève Comtois’ second book of poetry by Stuart and Michelle Winters, published by Mansfield Press.

FURTHER CONFESSIONS OF A SMALL PRESS RACKETEER — Volume two of Stuart’s often very humorous essays and rants, published by Anvil Press.


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Barwin, Chambers and Ross and a night on the town.

If you’re in Toronto tonight why don’t you check out new books by these three fine friends of Mansfield. They’ll be launching at 7:30 PM at Supermarket on Augusta Ave in Kensington Market. Note that Mansfield editor Stuart Ross is launching two of the three books he published this year. The third can be found right here on our site! And if you need more Barwin, he’s here too.


I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457
Fiction (Anvil Press)

Thrillows & Despairos
Poetry (Wolsak & Wynn)

A Hamburger in a Gallery
Poetry (DC Books)
Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer
Essays (Anvil Press)

Hosted by Kate Sutherland

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Save the date for a Mansfield Trio

Going to be in Lunenburg this summer? Join Laura Farina, Jaime Forsythe, and Alice Burdick for an evening of good clean poetry fun.


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