28. November 2016 - 19:00 till 21:00
Toronto
CanadaToronto883 Queen St. W. | 427 Spadina Rd.M6J 1G5 | M5P 2W4

Monday, 28. November 2016, Toronto, Verse Triad: Stymeist, Johnstone, Matuk

Celebrate the launch of D.S. Stymeist’s debut The Bone Weir, with readings by Nyla Matuk (Sumptuary Laws, Stranger), and Jim Johnstone (The Essential D.G. Jones, Dog Ear)

Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto

Exploring the intersection of language, culture, and history, D.S. Stymeist’s The Bone Weir (Frontenac House) gives voice to the dead, obscured, and forgotten. The collection considers the conjunction of human evolution and the extinction of ice-age species, excavates buried colonial history, and revisits indigenous legend to reimagine the genesis of national landscape. D.S. Stymeist has published poems and articles in many magazines and journals, and currently teaches poetics and aboriginal literature at Carleton University. He grew up as a resident of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, is the editor and founder of the micro-press, Textualis, and is the current vice-president of VERSe Ottawa.

In Stranger (Véhicule Press, 2016) Nyla Matuk’s provocative, unabashedly sensual voice leads us to revelations about how our lives are increasingly disembodied by social media’s flattened, outward identity markers. In place of this contested sense of self, Stranger reckons with a range of possible states of unknowing. Nyla Matuk is the author of Sumptuary Laws (Vehicule Press, 2012), nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award. Sumptuary Laws was named a National Post best book of poetry in 2012 and a ‘must-read’ book of poetry at CBC Books. Her poems have appeared recently in The New Yorker, PN Review, The Manchester Review, The Fiddlehead, and New Poetries VI (Carcanet Press, 2015).

In The Essential D. G. Jones, (The Porcupine's Quill, 2016) editor Jim Johnstone presents a selection of the most important writings of Douglas Gordon Jones, one of Canada’s great lyric poets, who was known for his confident and elemental lyrics, and subtle shifts in diction, tone and voice. (Johnstone will also read from his recent poetry collection, Dog Ear). Jim Johnstone is a Toronto-based poet, editor, and critic. His most recent books are The Essential D.G. Jones (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2016) and Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014). In 2016 he was awarded Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine Editors' Prize for Book Reviewing.

Verse Triad: Stymeist, Johnstone, Matuk

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