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Best Canadian Poetry Takes Manhattan!

By Tightrope Books | October 23rd, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


It may have been unseasonably cold in the Big Apple last week, but “the city that never sleeps” enjoyed some unexpected literary heat thanks to a collection of Canada’s top poets. The New York launch festivities for The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2008 were kicked off by the Canadian Consulate reception on October 15th with honoured guest “Best American Poetry” editor David Lehman.

The official New York launch was held the next night in front of a packed house at NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. Series Editor Molly Peacock and Guest Editor Stephanie Bolster introduced the readings, which featured contributors James Arthur, Leanne Averbach, Yvonne Blower, Barry Dempster, Jim Nason, Peter Norman, E. Alex Pierce, Joy Russell, David Seymour and A.F. Moritz. In response to the poets’ strong performances and engaging personalities, the book table sold its full complement of anthology copies.

The NYU event was followed the next day with another packed house at the legendary Bowery Poetry Club. This lively afternoon reading featured the same “Best Canadian” poets who performed the night before – giving New Yorkers a final chance to hear more of the amazing poetic talent that Canada has to offer.

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