TONIGHT!! 2014 Gala Signal Editions Launch for April Poetry Month

Join us TONIGHT, Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. to celebrate April Poetry Month with an evening of poetry featuring new offerings from Signal Editions and Biblioasis! Signal Editions is the poetry imprint at Montreal's VĂ©hicule Press.

Edward Carson will read from Birds Flock Fish School. "These shimmering poems - which attempt to surprise the reader out of familiar ways of understanding nature, mortality, loss and love-articulate a vast, roving philosophical curiosity channelled through urgent form."

Carson is the author of two previous books of poetry, Scenes (1977) and Taking Shape (2008). Twice winner of the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award, he was Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto in In 2010. He lives in Toronto.

Jason Guriel will read from Satisfying Clicking Sound - "a quicksilver performance from one of Canadian poetry’s most distinctive new voices".

Guriel's books include The Pigheaded Soul: Essays and Reviews on Poetry and Culture (2013) and Pure Product (2009). His work has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English. In 2007, he became the first Canadian to be awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize. Poetry gave him their Editors Prize for Book Reviewing in 2009. He lives in Toronto.

Richard Greene will read from Dante's House, of which the capstone is its magnificent title poem. "Written in fluent, colloquial terza rima and set in sun-drenched Siena during the frenzied pageantry of Il Palio - the Italian city's bi-annual horse race - it is a brilliant, beautifully realized achievement that consolidates Greene's reputation as an emerging master of narrative verse." 

Greene teaches Creative Writing and British Literature at the University of Toronto. His most recent biography, Edith Sitwell: Avant-garde Poet, English Genius (2011) was widely acclaimed, and he has published three collections of poetry, including Boxing the Compass (2010), which won the Governer General's Award for Poetry. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.

Jim Johnstone will read from Dog Ear - his fourth book of poems and "most powerful work to date", in which "he establishes himself as an exquisite observer of decay, both physical and spiritual".

Johnstone is the author of three previous books of poetry: The Velocity of Escape (2008), Patternicity (2010) and Sunday, the locusts (2011). He is the recipient of a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award. Currently he’s the Poetry Editor at Palimpsest Press, and an Associate Editor at Representative Poetry Online. He lives in Toronto.

The second full-length collection from sonneteer and formalist poet Catherine Chandler, Glad and Sorry Seasons (Biblioasis) brings together new suites of poems—on grief, recovery, the deadly sins, and the virtues of faith, hope, and love—to meditate on those polarities of light and dark, joy and sorrow, that illuminate and cloud our lives by turn. With subjects ranging from Alzheimer’s to Edward Hopper’s Automat, in handsomely crafted stanzas and metres, and including translations from QuĂ©becois and Latin American poets, Glad and Sorry Seasons is a stunning and learned offering from a poet unmistakably committed to form.

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