Poetry Four Ways

Moderator: Billeh Nickerson

Event Number: 54
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Poetry Four Ways

Friday, Oct 25
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Meet four phenomenal poets unafraid to play with traditions in this afternoon of electric performances. Writers’ Trust nominee Dina Del Bucchia (It’s a Big Deal!) turns her signature wit to the minutiae of the 21st century, hilariously musing on everything from avocado toast to Instagram. Acclaimed audio artist Kaie Kellough bends sound and space in Magnetic Equator, forging new language as his words traverse personal ancestry and distant geography. Celebrated American poet, Deborah Landau’s Soft Targets is a tour-de-force on climate change and political tensions. Stegner fellow Sara Peters’ gut-wrenching, precise poem-prose hybrid I Become a Delight to My Enemies is an experimental meditation of gendered violence and abuse. Reflecting on their singular crafts and reading their irreplicable work, this is a celebration of creativity pushed past its limits.

About the moderator:
Billeh Nickerson is a Vancouver-based author, editor and educator whose most recent collection, Artificial Cherry, was nominated for a City of Vancouver Book Award. He’s permanent faculty in the Creative Writing department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Event Participants:

Dina Del Bucchia

British Columbia

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of the short story collection, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, and four collections of poetry: Coping with Emotions and Otters, Blind Items, Rom Com, written with Daniel Zomparelli, and the newly released, It’s a Big Deal! She is a senior editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine, the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series and hosts the podcast, Can’t Lit, with Jen Sookfong Lee.

Kaie Kellough


Kaie Kellough is a novelist, poet, and sound performer. His sound and media collaborations have appeared across Canada, in Europe, and in Australia. His most recent book is Magnetic Equator (poetry, McClelland and Stewart, 2019), which investigates migration and family ancestry as it drifts between South and North America. His novel Accordéon (ARP Books, 2016) a dystopian hallucination set against the 2012 Québec Student Strike, was nominated for the Amazon/Walrus First Novel Award. His upcoming work is Dominoes at the Crossroads (short fiction, Véhicule Press, 2020).


Deborah Landau


Deborah Landau is the author of four books of poetry. She was educated at Stanford, Columbia, and Brown, where she earned her PhD. Currently she is the director of the NYU Creative Writing Program and lives in New York City.

deborahlandau.com, @landaudeborah

Sara Peters


Sara Peters was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and lives in Toronto. She completed at MFA at Boston University, and was a Stegner fellow at Stanford. Her work has appeared in Slate, The Threepenny Review, and Poetry magazine. Her first book is 1996.