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Anna Swanson reading in Seattle on Sunday

By Nico | May 8th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Nights Also, by Anna SwansonFor those of you in Seattle, Anna Swanson will be reading from The Nights Also, as a part of the Northwest reading of 2011 Lambda Literary Award nominees.

The reading will take place on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at The Elliott Bay Book Company, located at 1521 Tenth Avenue, in Seattle, Washington, beginning at 5 pm.

The Nights Also made the shortlist for the Gerald Lampert Award as well.

Tomorrow is the launch for Jim Johnstone’s Sunday, the locusts

By Nico | March 23rd, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Sunday, the locusts, by Jim JohnstoneOn Monday, March 24th at 6:30 pm at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave, Toronto) join Tightrope Books for the launch of Jim Johnstone‘s new poetry collection: Sunday, the locusts, with illustrations by Julienne Lottering.

There’s more! Readings from Daniel Scott Tysdal (The Mourner’s Book of Albums, 2010) and Kathryn Mockler (Onion Man, forthcoming fall 2011).

About Sunday, the locusts

A long poem that probes love and loss in fragments of verse and hybrid-media collage, Sunday, the locusts is a post-apocalyptic tour-de-force. Drawing ……on a variety of disciplines including developmental biology, geology and philosophy, Jim Johnstone and Julienne Lottering blur linguistic boundaries to create a unique collaborative text. Hymn, map, portent—Sunday, the locusts warns against inevitable extinction while also revelling in the vivacity of personhood.

Jim Johnstone (b. 1978) is a writer and physiologist in Toronto. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008). His poems have been published in several Canadian magazines, including Descant, enRoute, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, and PRISM International and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010. He is the founder and editor of Misunderstandings Magazine and poetry editor of Cactus Press. See: http://jimjohnstone.wordpress.com.

We hope to see you there!

Best Canadian Poetry Reading in Barrie on Monday, March 21st

By Nico | March 17th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Best Canadian Poetry in EnglishJoin us at Robert Simpson Brewing Co, located at 107 Dunlop Street East in Barrie this Monday, March 21st at 9 pm for a reading from some of the poets featured in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010.

Featuring readings from Adrienne Gruber, Maureen Hynes, Jim Johnstone plus Best Canadian Poetry in English Series Editor Molly Peacock and Barrie poet Bruce Meyer.

Presented by the Society of the Spoken Word and Tightrope Books.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook or click here to learn more about The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010.

We hope to see you there!

Spring 2011 Catalogue now available

By Nico | March 16th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tightrope GuyOur Spring 2011 Catalogue is now available for download here.

Our new titles are as follows:

The launch for Ruth Roach Pierson and Jim Nason just passed (pictures to come soon!), and the launch for Jim Johnstone’s book, Sunday, the locusts, will be on March 24th at The Ossington, click here for more information about the event.

Review of Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar on GoodReads

By Nico | March 15th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, by Myna WallinJulie Johnson reviewed Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar on GoodReads, calling it full of humour and full of truth.

To read the full review click here.

Myna Wallin will be giving a workshop on Saturday, April 16th, Freeing Your Erotic Self in Poetry or Prose.

The goal of this workshop is to find a vocabulary for the erotic self; writers will explore ways of describing their characters’ lives fully and unselfconsciously, to enhance the story or poem at hand. Exploring your sensual self can be exciting, freeing. How much is too much sex; how much is not enough? By incorporating just the right amount of eroticism into your writing you will add a level of depth and authenticity to your writing.

Click here for more information and to sign up.