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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.

NOW Open Poetry Stage

By Tightrope Books | March 9th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Three Tightrope authors will read at the NOW Open Poetry Stage event on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brigantine Room at Harboufront Centre.

Come support 3 Tightrope authors at a fun event at Harbourfront Centre!

1 stage. 20 poets. 1 winner.

In 2009 Authors at Harbourfront Centre posted its first ever open call for submissions. The standard of entries was astonishing and the resulting event was one of the highlights of the year. Everyone loves a good thing, so in 2010 they’re repeating the concept. And this time, they’re partnering with NOW Magazine to make it even bigger and better!

On the eve of National Poetry Month, this popular event featuring 20 poets on one stage returns. One poet will receive an automatic invitation to read at the 31st annual International Festival of Authors, AND an ad for their book in NOW!

3 Tightrope poets will be reading at this fine event:

Dayle Furlong
Fraser Sutherland
Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

among 17 other fabulous local poets

Judges: Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director, Authors at Harbourfront Centre; Jen Tindall, Artistic Associate, Authors at Harbourfront Centre; Robert Priest, author and NOW Magazine contributor.

Host: Jacob McArthur Mooney, winner of last year’s Open Stage.

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George Fetherling Toronto Launch

By Tightrope Books | March 5th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

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Heather J. Wood to read at Hot-Sauced Words with her husband Kurt

By Tightrope Books | February 2nd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

February is the month of love, so it’s more than fitting that Fortune Cookie author, Heather J. Wood, and her poet husband Kurt Zubatiuk (Ektasis, LyricalMyrical) will be reading together for the first time at James Dewar’s Hot-Sauced Words series. Don’t miss Heather and Kurt’s “Glow Show” at the Black Swan Tavern on February 18th!

Where: Black Swan Tavern
154 Danforth Ave. (2nd floor), east of Broadview
When: Thursday, February 18, 8:00 pm
Sign-up for open mic portion @7:45 pm

Best Canadian Poets at the Rowers Pub

By Tightrope Books | November 24th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Here’s another chance to catch readings by the phenomenal poets anthologized in this year’s The Best Canadian Poetry.

The Rowers Pub Reading Series celebrates the recent release of The Best Canadian Poetry in English [Tightrope Books], and has as its December features four poets from the anthology:

John Reibetanz; Karen Solie; Ricardo Sternberg; and, John Terpstra

Monday, December 7
7:30-10 p.m.
Harbord House
150 Harbord Street

For more information please visit rowerspubreadingseries.com