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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!