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Interview with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

By Tightrope Books | April 6th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Emotion, obsession & Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
LITERATURE / Performer & activist lands in Ottawa April 8
Luna Allison / Ottawa / Tuesday, April 06, 2010I first met Montreal-born poet, performer and activist Tara-Michelle Ziniuk in a van on the way back from the Trans Health Conference in Philly in the spring of 2004. As a group, we talked gender, social change, relationships and what our experiences of the gathering had been like.

Thinking back on that day, I remember her extra-strength sarcasm, her passion and her keen insights into identity politics. We didn’t keep in touch after that trip and almost six years went by before our paths crossed again. This time, it was to discuss Ziniuk’s newest collection of poetry, Somewhere to Run From (Tightrope Books, 2009) and her upcoming reading here in Ottawa — the first in about four years. I reached her at her home in Guelph, Ontario.

Read the interview here.

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Megan Butcher
Venus Envy, 320 Lisgar (near Bank)
Thurs April 8 at 8pm

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.

Somewhere to Run From Feminist Review

By Tightrope Books | December 2nd, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Feminist Review reviews Tara-Michelle Ziniuk’s Somewhere to Run From

‘Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is an activist poet, critic, playwright, and performer working in Montreal and Toronto, and whose first poetry collection, Emergency Contact, was published in 2006. Her second book of poetry, Somewhere to Run From, is full of bittersweet and sarcastic poems about love gone wrong, political activism, and loneliness. There is a confessional quality to many of her pieces, which examine a wide variety of emotional topics that range from unfaithful lovers to religious persecution, blending political commentary and personal tragedy. She describes both intimate interpersonal situations and global catastrophe with razor-sharp wit. Full review.

Dangerous Literature review of Somewhere to Run From

By Tightrope Books | November 18th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Dangerous Literature REVIEW OF SOMEWHERE TO RUN FROM (Tightrope Books, 2009), by TARA-MICHELLE ZINIUK


“With Somewhere to Run From – her sophomore effort – Toronto writer Tara-Michelle Ziniuk produces another undeniably readable, attractive little book of spare, plain-spoken poetry (maybe the nicest-looking volume Tightrope Books has released, to boot). It’s chock full of sarcasm, cleverly slurred confessions, and the broken-bottle-sharp perceptions of a hurt, vulnerable narrator on the other side of some vague and amorphous blues.”

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk Reviewed in Eye Weekly

By Tightrope Books | August 27th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk writes unapologetically confessional poetry about breakups and bad vegan food and also dares to take on the nearly extinct (in Canada at least) political poem. Raw and candid is her default setting in Somewhere to Run From (Tightrope Books, 102 pages, $14.95; •••) but her longer and more complex works show that she can work a narrative with insight, as in “Dolphin Poetry” (I had a heart — hard like a horse’s / a pony on a locket / weak teeth / nothing you ever wanted) or in the from-out-of-nowhere Sinatra inspired “Through the Night” (“We’re all getting old / Maybe this is what lube is for. ”)

Read about 2 other great Toronto poets in the rest of the article here: http://www.eyeweekly.com/arts/books/article/70017–there-are-8-million-poets-in-the-naked-city