Livewords, Thursday, January 22, 2015 at betty’s basement (upstairs) at Betty’s, 240 King Street East – 2nd floor – [map]
We kick off 2015 with Dilys Leman, Hoa Nguyen, Claire Scherzinger and Aaron Tucker.
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Doors at 7:30 pm - Readings from 8:00 pm
Originally from Ottawa, Dilys Leman lives in Toronto and works as a writer in education research and international development. She has worked as an arts manager in professional theatre and dance, and was a member of a playwrights’ collective that staged new works for the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Her poetry sometimes takes the form of documentary drama, as in her debut collection,The Winter Count, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (2014). Her chapbook, The Lunacy Commission, was published by Cactus Press in 2012 (Jim Johnstone, editor). Dilys’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary journals including Arc, Grain, Prairie Fire and CV2. She is a former winner of Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize (Honorable Mention) and Prairie Fire’s Fiction Prize (First Place).
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX, their home of 14 years. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks including As Long As Trees Last (Wave, 2012) and Red Juice: Poems 1998 – 2008 (Wave, 2014). She currently lives in Toronto where she curates a reading series, reads tarot, and teaches poetics. She can be found on the web at http://hoa-nguyen.com/
Claire Scherzinger is a graduate of OCAD University from the Drawing and Painting program. Her aim is to have a long and prosperous career in the international art scene that involves long nights drinking with friends and talking about politics, art, writing and science fiction. Find out more about Claire at http://www.clairescherzinger.com/#1
Aaron Tucker’s first book of poetry punchlines is being released byMansfield Press in Spring of 2015. An earlier version of punchlines was released by above/ground in the summer of 2013. His poetic works and reviews have been published across Canada. His previous chapbook, apartments, was shortlisted for the 2010 bpNichol Chapbook award. As well, he is the co-creator of the ChessBard, an app that translates chess games into poems that can be found atchesspoetry.com. His collection of essays Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in July of 2014. In addition, he is a professor in the English department at Ryerson Universitywhere he is currently teaching essay writing and digital literacy to first year students.