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Poetry Book Launch: Exhibitionist and Because the Sun

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Join Coach House Books in celebrating the launch of Exhibitionist by Molly Cross-Blanchard and Because the Sun by Sarah Burgoyne!

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Join us for the launch of two amazing collections of poetry: Exhibitionist by Molly Cross-Blanchard and Because the Sun by Sarah Burgoyne. There will be readings from both poets followed by a discussion and your chance to ask a question.

“Multiple orgasms appear in the first line of the first poem in Exhibitionist. Multiple orgasms, as a relative image or a practice, elicit everything from mystical worship to moral panic. Molly Cross-Blanchard understands this diametric power. She nods to this power with countless crisp and explicit images throughout her debut collection. Read her poems first to marvel at the well-crafted voicing of sexuality. Read a second time to appreciate Cross-Blanchard’s beautiful charge of juxtaposition. Again and again, she places the erotic beside mundane so that both are transformed — a dirty basement carpet becomes the backdrop of profound intimacy and gas station coffee acts as a symbol of self-discovery. ” –Amber Dawn, author of My Art is Killing Me and Sodom Road Exit

‘Sarah Burgoyne begins with the sun and ends with flowers. In between is a complicated exploration of what it means to exist within a tradition that is Camus, Rimbaud, Blake. Taking her cue from Sara Ahmed, she notices how hard it is to challenge this tradition and yet that it matters to do it anyway.’ – Juliana Spahr, author of That Winter the Wolf Came

Molly Cross-Blanchard is a Métis writer and editor born on Treaty 3 territory (Fort Frances, ON), raised on Treaty 6 territory (Prince Albert, SK), and living on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, BC). She holds an English BA from the University of Winnipeg and a Creative Writing MFA from the University of British Columbia, and is the Publisher at Room Magazine.

Sarah Burgoyne’s first collection Saint Twin (Mansfield, 2016) was a finalist for the A. M. Klein Prize in Poetry, awarded a prize from l'Académie de la vie littéraire, and shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Other works have appeared in journals across Canada and the U.S., have been featured in scores by American composer J.P. Merz, and have appeared within or alongside the visual art of Susanna Barlow, Jamie Macaulay, and Joani Tremblay. She currently lives and writes in Montreal.

The event will be hosted in Zoom Webinars. The event link will be sent over email one hour before the start of the event.

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