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Event Archive - Awash in Poetry: Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and What the Poets Are Doing Victoria Co-Launch: Kayla Czaga, Amanda Jernigan, Sonnet L'Abbé, Anita Lahey, waaseyaa'sin christine sy, Rob Taylor , Yvonne Blomer

Sat. November 17th 2018 - Sat. November 17th 2018 The Bent Mast (All Ages)
7:00pm doors at 6:30pm
Presented by: Nightwood Editions, Tightrope Books

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Join us for the Victoria launch of two major new Canadian poetry anthologies - Best Canadian Poetry 2018 (Tightrope Books) and What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions).

The event will feature editors and contributors to both books, including: Kayla Czaga, Amanda Jernigan, Sonnet L'Abbé, Anita Lahey, waaseyaa'sin christine sy, Rob Taylor and (hopefully) a surprise guest!

Hosted by City of Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer.

The launch will take place on the top floor of the The Bent Mast Restaurant & Lounge. Doors at 6:30 PM, Reading at 7:00 PM.

Free! Books will be available for sale.

You can learn more about the two books below, or at these links:


The event's full details:

Awash in Poetry: BCP 2018 and WTPAD Victoria Co-Launch
Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 7 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)
The Bent Mast Restaurant and Lounge
512 Simcoe Street, Victoria
Featuring: Yvonne Blomer, Kayla Czaga, Raoul Fernandes, Amanda Jernigan, Sonnet L'Abbé, Anita Lahey, waaseyaa'sin christine sy, and Rob Taylor.
Free! Books for sale.

We want to acknowledge that this reading will take place on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.


About Best Canadian Poetry 2018:

The 2018 edition of the Best Canadian Poetry Series, guest edited by Hoa Nguyen, ushers readers into the heart of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene. The Best Canadian Poetry Series annually features the fifty finest Canadian poems published in periodicals during the previous year. A must-read for anyone with a stake in contemporary Canadian literature, or with curiosity about poetry and its engagement with the world today.

View the names of the fifty 2018 poets here:

“Born of the electricity of thinking and reversing thoughts without fear, yet also born of the dread and wonder of contemporary existence, our current poetry represents a tattered, ragged, brilliant idea of the sublime.” —Molly Peacock, The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English

“An eclectic and diverse collection of Canadian poetry… a wonderful addition to anyone’s bookshelf.” —The Toronto Quarterly

“A collection as complex and satisfying as a symphony.” —Publishers Weekly


About What the Poets Are Doing:

What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation is a collection of conversations between established and up-and-coming poets focusing on the role of poetry and poets in the twenty-first century.

In 2002, Nightwood Editions published Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation, a successful first-of-its-kind collection of interviews with literary luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Avison, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier and P.K. Page, conducted by emerging poets of the day. Sixteen years later, What the Poets Are Doing brings together two younger generations of poets to engage in conversations with their peers on modern-day poetics, politics and more.

From the role of the writer in an age characterized by social and digital media to the Donald Trump presidency, #MeToo empowerment and scandal, the choices that make a poem “sing,” and Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation, these conversations explore the world of Canadian poetry in the new millennium: what’s changed, what’s endured and what’s next.

Poets in Conversation:

Steven Heighton and Ben Ladouceur
Armand Garnet Ruffo and Liz Howard
Sina Queyras and Canisia Lubrin
Dionne Brand and Souvankham Thammavongsa
Marilyn Dumont and Katherena Vermette
Sue Goyette and Linda Besner
Karen Solie and Amanda Jernigan
Russell Thornton and Phoebe Wang
Tim Bowling and Raoul Fernandes
Elizabeth Bachinsky and Kayla Czaga
Afterword co-written by Nick Thran and Sue Sinclair


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Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer has published three collections of poetry and co-edited Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press) an anthology out of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series. Her poems have appeared in Forcefield: 77 BC Women Poets (Mother Tongue Press) as well as in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books) and A Crystal Though Which Love Pass... more info
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