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A June Poetry Read-a-Thon

By Tightrope Books | May 24th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

We invite you to come and enjoy readings from seven recently published books of poetry.

when
Sunday, June 26, 2011
3-6 pm with readings beginning at 4 pm

where
The Boyd/Pierson back garden
258 Indian Road, Toronto, ON
(south of Bloor, just north of Howard Park)

featured poets and their books
Leanne Averbach, Come Closer (Tightrope Books, 2010)
Jim Johnstone, Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011) with art by Julienne Lottering
Jim Nason, Narcissus Unfolding (Frontenac, 2011)
Ruth Roach Pierson, Contrary (Tightrope Books, 2011)
Patria Rivera, Be (Signature Editions, 2011)
Nick Thran, Earworm (Nightwood Editions, 2011)
Daniel Scott Tysdal, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope Books, 2011)

You can RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Tonight at the Art Bar, readings by Ruth Roach Pierson and Jim Johnstone

By Nico | April 12th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Contrary, by Ruth Roach PiersonTonight at the Art Bar, readings by Ruth Roach Pierson and Jim Johnstone.

Jim Johnstone is the author of three collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010), The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008), and Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011)

Ruth Roach Pierson has published three books of poems: Where No Window Was (BuschekBooks, 2002); Aide-Mémoire (BuschekBooks, 2007), named a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry; and Contrary (Tightrope Books, 2011).

The Art Bar Poetry Series takes place at Clinton’s, located at 693 Bloor Street West in Toronto, and begins at 8 pm.

Hope to see you there!

Interview with Jim Johnstone and Julienne Lottering

By Nico | March 25th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Julienne LotteringPatrick Connors interviewed Jim Johnstone and Julienne Lottering for newz4u.net about their new book, Sunday, the locusts, launched yesterday at The Ossington by Tightrope Books.

From the interview:

The work…is very eclectic and remarkable, and I asked Johnstone what inspired it.

“I’ve wanted to write a single protagonist long-poem for quite some time, nearly 10 years in fact, so it’s difficult to pinpoint a single origin of inspiration. My interest in evolutionary biology and post-apocalyptic literature certainly contributed to the project in a narrative sense. In keeping with archeological bent of the book, Julie and I used a lot of found text…”

Click here to read the rest of the interview, or for more information about the book and to purchase a copy please click here.

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!