Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
CBC Studio 700 at 700 Hamilton Street
Rachel Rose is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver. Her most recent poetry collection, Marry & Burn (Harbour) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her non-fiction book, The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press. In 2017, Anvil will publish the Poet Laureate Legacy Project anthology, Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food.
Marry & Burn: The fourth collection from award-winning poet Rachel Rose, Marry & Burn is a journey through a troubled relationship and a troubled city, charting the territory of love and addiction, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Inspired by struggles both personal and global, these are not gentle poems—they probe deep into comforting personal and cultural myths, rending them to pieces even as they expose the beauty in the bright shards that remain (From the publisher).
Rob Taylor is the author of two poetry collections, The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) and The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011). He teaches creative writing at the University of the Fraser Valley, and helps coordinate Vancouver's Dead Poets Reading Series. http://roblucastaylor.com
The News: The news can mean many things, but first and foremost in this collection the news is "we're having a baby!" Starting in the fifth week of his wife's pregnancy, Rob Taylor wrote a poem every week as they travelled toward their child's birth. His poems anticipate the astonishing and yet commonplace beginning of a human life, but they also explore how a baby's arrival streams into both the incessant chatter of the world's daily news and into that other sort of news that literature carries what Ezra Pound called, "news that stays news." (From the publisher)
Patricia Young has published eleven collections of poetry and one of short fiction. Her poems have been widely anthologized and she has received numerous awards for her writing including The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the B. C. Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, a CBC Literary Prize, Arc’s Poem of the Year Award, two National Magazine Awards. She has twice been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for poetry. Her collection of short fiction, “Airstream,” won the Rooke-Metcalf Award, was shortlisted for the Butler Prize and named one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of the Year. Short Takes on the Apocalypse is her most recent poetry collection.
Short Takes on the Apocalypse: This twelfth collection from Governor General’s Award nominee Patricia Young features poems built entirely upon the words of others. Originating as a response to Elmore Leonard’s “Ten Rules of Writing,” and expanding to include poetic responses to quotations about writing from other sources—from Leonardo da Vinci to Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood to Jimmy Kimmel—the resulting pieces traverse a myriad of themes. Playfully exploring subjects as wide-ranging as veganism, gun violence, sex, parenting, feminism, death, and Coachella, Young bounces off the selected epigraphs with a vital energy and crackling wit.
Winner of the Governor General's Award for poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Jan Zwicky has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, Forge, and Wisdom & Metaphor. The Long Walk is her most recent collection.
The Long Walk: In The Long Walk, Jan Zwicky bears witness to environmental and cultural cataclysm. Both prophetic and acutely personal, these poems extend her previous meditations on colonial barbarism and ecocide, on spiritual catastrophe and transformation. The voice now penetrates the steepest darknesses; it possesses extraordinary reach and density. Zwicky is one of North America's finest poets and in this book she gives us her most profound work to date.