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An Evening of Canadian Poetry
Fri, 31 March 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
The Alley Cat Books and Talonbooks invite you for a night of Canadian poetry featuring three of Canada's brightest young poets.
Celebrating their 50th aniverssary, Talonbooks has been a leader in Canadian poetry since 1967. Talon poets have received every possible honour from city book prizes to being named Canada's Parilamintary Poet Laureate; these three young authors are in the next generation of great Canadian poets.
Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and independent scholar. She is the author of Species Branding (CUE, 2010) and the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC, 2013). Between 2012-2016 she organized the feminist materialist collective and journal seriesAbout a Bicycle. Her work deals with the ways “total war” and “Empire” infiltrate social relations as well as the intersections between language, revolutionary action, and self-abolition. And love. Since 1983 she has mostly resided on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
Donato Mancini makes visual and procedural poetry, bookworks, and visual art. His books and chapbooks include Snowline(2015), Buffet World (2011), Fact ‘N’ Value (2011), Hell Passport no.22 (2008), Æthel (2007), 58 Free Coffees (2006), andLigatures (2005). Notable exhibitions of Mancini’s visual artworks have included exhibitions through Artspeak, Western Front, Gallery Atsui, Malaspina Printmaker’s Society, and CSA. He performed with Gabriel Saloman in their noisepoetry/noisecomedy/noisemusic ensemble in the 2013LIVE! Biennale of performance art, and as part of Concrete Scores at Open Space. Mancini’s published critical writing includes work on the archive, time, and memory in Anamnesia: Unforgetting (2011), and a discourse analysis of poetry reviews in You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence (2012). His previous full-length book, Loitersack (New Star, 2014), is a labyrinthine commonplace book where critical, theoretical, and paraliterary tendencies intersect in the forms of poetry, poetics, theory, theory theatre, laugh particles, and many, many questions. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of British Columbia.
Anahita Jamali Rad
Born in Iran and currently living on unceded Coast Salish territories, Anahita Jamali Rad’s work engages with materiality, love, class, violence, and displacement. Anahita Jamali Rad co-edited the critical materialist feminist journal About a Bicycle, produced by members of the women’s reading and discussion collective of the same name.