Not okay

Non-binary jaye simpson (left) describes the trauma of being told they were a boy in their debut poetry collection, “it was never going to be okay.” FULL STORY

Salt and Ashes from Drobnies

May 01st, 2019

Adrienne Drobnies will launch her first book at Book Warehouse on Main St. in Vancouver on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 pm., along with the launch of Elaine Woo’s second poetry collection, Put Your Hand in Mine. Adrienne Drobnies was living in Grenoble, France, for six months, when bereavement from the loss of a spouse triggered an outflowing of creativity—and then it took a decade of revisions and expansions to bring her first suite of poems, Salt and Ashes (Signature $17.95) into print. Along the way her echoes of dislocation, cultural migration, rage, healing and transformation were mentored by Betsy Warland, Rachel Rose (SFU Writers Studio), Karen Solie (Banff Centre) and Garry Thomas Morse. It didn’t hurt that the middle section of her book, “Randonnées,” won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Award for Best Suite of Poems by an Emerging Poet and was a finalist for the CBC literary award for poetry. Other work had appeared in The Antigonish Review, Event, Riddle Fence, The Toronto Quarterly, and The Maynard, as well as The Cider Press Review and Sow’s Ear Review in the US, and Popshot Magazine in the UK. Drobnies is also the editor of a collection of poetry in French, Poèmes sur Mesure, by Alain Fournier. With a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, Adrienne Drobnies, originally from Texas and California, has worked at SFU and the Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver. 9781773240480

 

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