What a blockbuster evening we had last month. With just over 50 in attendance, we had our biggest crowd yet at Massy Books, our fabulous new ‘home’. It was a special celebration for a special duo. Richard Olafson and Carol Ann Sokoloff were honoured as Ekstasis Editions turned 35 years old.
Tributes poured in from many who attended (including those who couldn’t make it) and short readings were offered up from even more. It proved to be a memorable evening and a deserving tribute.
This Month’s Poetry Reading
This month we are back to our regular format of two featured poets along with an Open Mic segment. Mark your calendars now, before you forget: it’s on Wednesday June 20, again at 7:30pm.
June’s First Featured Poet
Daniela Elza has lived on three continents and crossed numerous geographic, cultural and semantic borders. Her poetry collections are the weight of dew, the book of It, and milk tooth bane bone, of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder.” Daniela earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University. Her next book will be published the Spring of 2020 by Mother Tongue Publishing. She has two more manuscripts looking for homes amidst the growing housing crises and skyrocketing rents of Vancouver.
June’s Second Featured Poet
Jami Macarty is the author of Instinctive Acts, forthcoming from Nomados Literary Publishers in 2018, Mind of Spring, which won the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (Vallum, 2017) and Landscape of The Wait (Finishing Line Press, 2017), a series of poems focusing on her nephew William’s car accident and year-long coma. She teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, edits the online poetry journal The Maynard, and writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series for Anomaly/Anomalous Press. She is the recipient of grants from Banff Center and B.C. Arts Council, among others; several times a Pushcart Prize nominee; and a finalist for the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award. Her poems have appeared in over 50 American and Canadian journals.
Remember, the Open Mic segment is back on at this reading, so if you want a chance to deliver one of your best poems, get there early. See you all at this month’s Poets Corner reading on Wednesday, June 20. We’re underway at 7:30 p.m.