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Ep. 20: Kirby Poetry Launch at Cafe Lara

CW: Strong language.

Celebrating the publication of This Is Where I Get Off, the debut poetry collection by Kirby, owner/publisher of Toronto’s knife | fork | book. Kirby is joined by local poets Alice Burdick, Annick MacAskill, Nolan Natasha, and Bart Vautour, and is hosted by Sam Sternberg.


KIRBY’s earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful, and SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY (knife | fork | book, 2017). They appear in Matrix Magazine, Dusie, Canthius, Carousel, Burning House, The Rusty Toque (Pushcart Nominee) and can be heard on bandcamp. A collection of essays, Poetry Is Queer, from Kirby’s ongoing class/workshop is forthcoming, along with their new chapbook, She Ascended Into Heaven (Anstruther Press, 2020). Their full-length debut, THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF is out now from Permanent Sleep Press. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book, Toronto.

ALICE BURDICK is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Simple Master, Flutter, Holler, and Book of Short Sentences. Deportment, a book of selected poems, came out in November 2018 from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Her work has also appeared in many chapbooks, broadsides, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has been a judge for various awards, including the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. She also visits high school English classes as a “Poet In Your Class” through Poetry in Voice/les Voix de la Poésie. She co-owns an independent bookstore in Lunenburg called Lexicon Books.

ANNICK MACASKILL’s debut No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018) was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada and abroad, with recent publications in Best Canadian Poetry 2019, This Magazine, Prism, The Stinging Fly, The Puritan, and Arc. Her second collection will be published by Gaspereau Press in the spring of 2020. She lives and writes in K’jipuktuk/Halifax.

NOLAN NATASHA is a queer and trans writer from Toronto who lives and writes in Nova Scotia. His poems have appeared in The Puritan, The Stinging Fly, Event, Grain, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead and Plenitude. He has been a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize, the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, the Geist postcard contest, Room Magazine‘s poetry contest, and was the runner-up for the Thomas Morton fiction prize. His debut collection I Can Hear You, Can You Hear Me? will be published by Invisible this fall.

BART VAUTOUR is a writer, editor, and teacher. He is editor of the Throwback Series of books for Invisible Publishing and co-editor of a series of texts about Canada and the Spanish Civil War. He lives in K’jipuktuk/Halifax with his partner, daughter, and Marley the dog.

Bookings is recorded and produced by Paul MacKay for the King’s Co-op Bookstore in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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