Lit Live shakes up the mix with fiction and poetry in November! Please click on the links to the right for more info on each writer! (Or scroll down this page.)
Katherine Lawrence reads from her second poetry collection Lying to Our Mothers from Coteau Books.
Betsy Struthers shows us Where the Night Comes Closest, her latest poetry book from Black Moss Press.
Andrew Steinmetz presents his first novel Eva's Threepenny Theatre, published by Gaspereau Press in October 2008.
Kate Story performs selections from her first novel Blasted from Killick Press.
Nitin Deckha reads from his collection of short stories, Shopping for Sabzi, recently released by TSAR Publications.
Rocco de Giacomo reveals the secret to Catching Dawn's Breath, his recent poetry collection from LyricalMiracle Press.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Katherine Lawrence published her first collection of poetry in 2001 with Coteau Books - Ring Finger, Left Hand and won a Saskatchewan Book Award that same year. Her second book, Lying to Our Mothers, was published in 2006 by Coteau Books. This book was a Saskatchewan Book Award finalist. Katherine's poetry has been published in numerous literary journals across Canada, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Originally from Hamilton, Katherine has lived in Saskatoon since 1982. She works at the Royal University Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon as a fundraiser and communications advisor.
Betsy Struthers has published eight books of poetry and three novels as well as co-editing an anthology of essays about teaching poetry. In 2004 she won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. In 1994 she received the Silver Medal in the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award. She was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award in 1993. A past president of the League of Canadian Poets, she has read her work across Canada as well as in Australia and the USA. Her poems and fiction have been published in many anthologies (most recently, In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry and Going Top Shelf: An Anthology of Canadian Hockey Poetry). She teaches writing to students of all ages from kindergarten to adults. A resident of Peterborough since 1977, Struthers works for Broadview Press as a freelance editor. Her latest book is Where the Night Comes Closest from Black Moss Press.
Andrew Steinmetz is the author of a memoir, Wardlife: The Apprenticeship of a Young Writer as a Hospital Clerk and two collections of poetry, Histories and Hurt Thyself. Steinmetz’s work has been shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award, the Quebec Writers Federation (QWF) First Book Award, the Mavis Gallant Prize for non-fiction, and the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Presently Steinmetz is the editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint at Véhicule Press. He lives in Ottawa.
Originally from Newfoundland, Kate Story is a writer, performer, and choreographer. She creates works characterized by elements of dance, theatre and performance art, often in collaboration with artists from other disciplines. She has been twice nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s K.M. Hunter Artists Award. Her short stories have been published in Broken Pencil, Kiss Machine, Takeout, and are forthcoming in Broken Pencil’s Best Fiction Anthology from ECW Press. Her first novel Blasted came out with Killick Press in the fall of 2008.
Nitin Deckha was born in London, England, and raised in Toronto. His stories have appeared in the York University journal Existere, in Anokhi magazine, and at www.sulekha.com. Deckha holds a PhD in Anthropology from Rice University, Houston and teaches social sciences in Toronto. His journalism occasionally appears in Desi Life, a Toronto Star magazine. His first collection of stories, Shopping for Sabzi was published by TSAR publications in 2008.
Rocco de Giacomo’s work has appeared most recently in ARC Poetry Magazine, CV2, and Magma Poetry (UK). His fifth and latest collection of poems, Catching Dawn's Breath (LyricalMyrical Press, Toronto) was launched in March of 2008. Rocco is a member of the council for the Art Bar Poetry Series and a member of the bpNichol Committee. He lives with his wife Lisa in Toronto.
You can contact him at www.roccodg.com.