Congratulations to Alex Leslie, who’s releasing a first book of poems, The things I heard about you, with Nightwood Editions this fall! Join Alex for a book launch celebration in Vancouver on Thursday, October 9 at Pulp Fiction (2422 Main Street). Also reading at the event are Vancouver-based authors Rita Wong and lee williams boudakian. Doors open at 7pm, admission is free and all are welcome.
Shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry, The things I heard about you is a collection of prose poems that explore precision and the unspoken, executing a process whereby vignettes and landscapes break apart into fragments, rumours or suggestions of the original story. Intense, vivid scenes that encompass large, intangible ideas such as loss and grief are decomposed—stripped to the barest detail. Ultimately, the book is an evocative, beautifully crafted collection of tidal memories and elegies, love songs to the coast and all its inhabitants.
Alex Leslie has published a collection of stories, People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012), which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award and a 2013 Relit Award; as well as a chapbook of microfictions, 20 Objects for the New World (Freehand, 2011). Alex’s writing has won a Gold National Magazine Award for personal journalism and a CBC Literary Award for fiction. Recent projects include editing the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different approaches to Queer poetics from across Canada. Alex lives in Vancouver, BC. Website: alexleslie.wordpress.com.
Rita Wong lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories otherwise known as Vancouver, BC, where her work investigates the relationships between the poetics of water, social justice, ecology, and decolonization. She is the author of three books of poetry: sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007, awarded the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Canada Reads Poetry 2011), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies such as the Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement; The Enpipe Line; Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry, and more. Her forthcoming book of poems is entitled undercurrent.
lee williams boudakian is a queer gender diverse mixie currently based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. They are cultivating a practice that includes interdisciplinary art-making, writing, performing, community organizing and facilitating arts-based workshops. Their work explores intersectional identities and social justice – seeking to share un(der)represented stories of survival and make visible systemic oppressions that impact daily life, relationships, and bodies. lee is currently working on their second play entitled Dear Armen, an interactive-theatre experience integrating a blend of traditional Armenian dance, erotic performance, monologue and live music. The show will tour Vancouver, San Francisco, Oakland, & LA in the fall of 2014. For more info visit: www.deararmen.com