Event recap: SLS Montreal weekend!

This year Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) Montreal hosted a mid-winter program of workshops and readings for everyone to enjoy! We were super happy to host the evening readings here at the shop over the weekend of February 20-21st.

The first night had a fantastic line up: Greg Santos, Stephanie Bolster and CA Conrad. Thanks to Mike Spry from SLS who was there to introduce all of the fine writers and emcee the evening.

Santos, Bolster and Conrad gave truly great readings of their poetry. Greg is the author of several books and the poetry editor for Carte Blanche magazine. Stephanie was the recipient of the Governor General's award for her book White Stone: The Alice Poems and currently teaches creative writing at Concordia University. CA, the author seven books, came from Philadelphia to lead the poetry workshop for this session and at the Faculty Reading gave us a scintillating taste of his (Soma)tic poetry. We had a great turn out and wonderful time!

The second evening featured readings from Melissa Bull, translator of Nelly Arcan's Burqa of Skin and author of the forthcoming book of poetry Rue, Jeff Miller (Ghost Pine), Anna Leventhal (Sweet Affliction), and Sean Michaels, author of the Giller Prize-winning Us Conductors. All are members of the Montreal-based writing group called the Soulgazers, who workshop their projects together at biweekly meetings (with the requisite chocolate bars, beer, bourbon, and three different kinds of chips).

Jeff Miller opened the night, reading from Ghost Pine (think vegan cooking lessons, drag queens, trench coats, and "gay food is good food" stickers), followed by Anna Leventhal, whose Sweet Affliction protagonist explains sex to teenage Hasidic boys on the street. Melissa Bull read a story on St. Henry silos that once won her a computer, and Sean Michaels finished the evening off with an excerpt from Us Conductors that tells the story of the inventor of the theremin who falls in love with a violinist named Clara.

Thanks to everyone who came out for this two-part event!

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