Talonbooks Spring launch
March 31st, 2022
Four poets will appear in person to launch new work at Talonbooks Spring launch: bill bissett, Ivan Drury, Jónína Kirton, and Catriona Strang. Danielle LaFrance (at right, photo by Roger Farr) will be the evening’s host.
Dates & Details
The event takes place Wednesday, April 13 at the Pyatt Hall located at 843 Seymour Street in Vancouver. (Note: Pyatt Hall requires attendees to wear a mask.)
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and readings start at 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free. While drinks will be served, there will be no snacks.
A pioneer of sound, visual, and performance poetry – eschewing the artificial hierarchies of meaning and the privileging of things over actions – bissett composes his poems as scripts for pure performance. He has consistently worked to extend the boundaries of language and visual image, honing a synthesis of the two in the medium of concrete poetry.
Kirton’s first collection of poetry, page as bone – ink as blood, was released 2015. Joanne Arnott described this collection as “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down Ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” Her second collection, An Honest Woman, was released in 2018 and was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Betsy Warland had this to say about An Honest Woman: “Kirton picks over how she was raised familially and culturally like a crime scene.”
Ivan Drury is a founding member of Red Braid Alliance for Decolonial Socialism as well as an editor and writer with the Volcano newspaper. He has a long history in left communities on the unceded Territories of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Nations. Ivan has a master’s degree in history from Simon Fraser University and teaches history and labour studies to international students. Un is his first book of poetry.
A founding member of the Institute for Domestic Research, Catriona Strang is the author of Low Fancy, Corked, and Reveries of a Solitary Biker, and co-author of Busted, Cold Trip, and Light Sweet Crude with the late Nancy Shaw, whose selected works, The Gorge, she edited. She frequently collaborates with composer Jacqueline Leggatt and lives with her two grown kids on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Lands.
Danielle LaFrance is the author of JUST LIKE I LIKE IT,Friendly + Fire, and species branding. Her forthcoming poetry book #postdildo thinks and writes through the limitlessness and limitations of sexuality, communication, and desire. Focusing on the dildo as sexual object and social relation, she asks “How shall You fuck without causing harm?”