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Upcoming Events with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

By Tightrope Books | March 15th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $18

Reading at Venus Envy
320 Lisgar St, Ottawa
April 8

16A Wyndham St N, Guelph
April 24

Tara Michelle Ziniuk’s second book of poetry, Somewhere to Run From, is dangerously sarcastic, Toronto-local, bitter, sweet and bruising in its honesty. Challenging the notions of what a girl runs from, both literally and figuratively,” Somewhere to Run From takes on complex settings from which to depart: including poverty, pop and subculture, madness and normative sexuality.

Praise for Somewhere to Run From:

“Here’s to the Death of Nice! Tara-Michelle Ziniuk’s Somewhere to Run From doles out the kisses and the kicks in equal, bloody measure. A balancing act of startling dexterity, this book reminds us that love is never nice, never easy—it’s just sometimes less monstrous, occasionally athletic, and, in Ziniuk’s hands, always, always hinges on a few choice words.”—RM Vaughn, Troubled

“Reading Ziniuk’s poetry is like a sharp and overwhelming immersion into a kaleidoscope world of frantic pop culture, delicious anguish, untenable longing, and stubborn desire. “Love passed around a hat and I left nothing,” she writes. Not true.”—Chandra Mayor, All the Pretty Girls

“Tara-Michelle Ziniuk . . . describes both intimate interpersonal situations and global catastrophe with razor-sharp wit. Ziniuk’s work has a straightforward quality that I found myself wanting to imitate. I was struck by her use of juxtaposition, and how simple statements become somehow more evocative with pop culture references, such as ‘net-speak,’ and unexpected details. Her black humor adds greater depth to poems about small disasters and everyday heartbreaks.”—Kellie Powell, Feminist Review

Born in Montreal, now living in Guelph, Tara Michelle Ziniuk is an author, performer and activist with an extensive background in community radio. She has been published in magazines and anthologies across North America and is a regular contributor to NOW, Broken Pencil, and Herizons. She has also written for This, $pread, HOUR, and others. Her first book of poetry, Emergency Contact, was published by McGilligan Books in 2006 to wide critical acclaim and was taught through the English Department at York University.

Buy Somewhere to Run From here.

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