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Anna Swanson is a finalist for two awards for The Nights Also

By Nico | April 6th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | 1 Comment

The Nights Also, by Anna SwansonTightrope’s Anna Swanson is a finalist for the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry for her most recent collection, The Nights Also.

The Nights Also has also made the shortlist for the Gerald Lampert Award.

Click for more information about The Nights Also or to purchase a copy of the book.

Congratulations Anna, and best of luck!


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!

Monster, by David Livingstone Clink

By Tightrope Books | March 8th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Monster, by David Livingstone ClinkAre we humans or monsters?

David Clink’s collection of Canadian Gothic and post-punk poems explore the ideas of dank despair with a light playfulness.

These poems will crawl and scratch themselves under your skin, with themes and subjects such as elder abuse, infidelity, molestation, murder, suicide, serial killers and shapeshifters, six-legged dogs and bodies hanging from barn rafters, spiderwebs and fallen cities, steampunk airships muscling into the night. These carnivalesque poems create a dark world of the strange and unusual portraying a shady landscape of murder, decay and aliens.

From his poems “‘Beauty and Darkness”, “206 Bones and the Landscape It Moves In” to “Oceanus Procellarum” David Clink ventures deeper and darker into the shadows of the mind.
For more information about David Clink’s Monster please visit the Tightrope Book catalogue.