Wednesday, January 21, 2009

So Much Good Poetry, So Little Time.

At 7:30 p.m. on SUNDAY, the FIRST of February 2009. It's an all-poetry night at Lit Live. You can't keep a good poet down!

Donna Langevin guides us In the Cafe du Monde, her latest collection from Hidden Brook Press.

David Clink shows us the perils and pleasures of Eating Fruit Out of Season from Tightrope Books.

Ian Burgham introduces us to The Stone Skippers, his first collection from Tightrope Books.

Kate Marshall Flaherty reads from String of Mysteries, her latest book from Hidden Brook Press.

Donna Langevin

Donna Langevin lives in Toronto. Her poems have been published in numerous journals in Canada and the USA. Her books of poetry include Improvising in the Dark, (watershedBooks), The Second Language of Birds, (Hidden Brook Press), and In the Café du Monde, which is her latest, published in 2008 by Hidden Brook. She also is the author of a chapbook, Songbirds of the Hours. She is currently working on a chapbook of poems about Cuba.

David Clink

David Clink is the Artistic Director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series
( and the webmaster of, a resource for writers. He has been writing and selling poetry since 1995. He is the author of five chapbooks and his poems have appeared in such journals as The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Asimov's, Analog, and Grain. His first full-length collection, Eating Fruit Out of Season, was published by Tightrope Books in 2008.

Ian Burgham

Born in New Zealand, Ian Burgham grew up in Kingston and attended Queen’s University where he studied English Literature. Thereafter, he attended the University of Edinburgh where he graduated, Master of Letters (MLitt). His thesis focused on the nature and origins of William Blake’s poetic theory.

While he was a senior editor at the Scottish publisher Canongate, he worked with many well-known poets including the late Iain Crichton Smith, Sorley MacLean, and Alistair Reid. During that time he published a chapbook The Confession of Birds. In 2007, his first full collection of poetry The Stone Skippers was published in the Canada by Tightrope Books and in Australia and New Zealand by SunLine Press. The Stone Skippers was nominated for a ReLIT Award in 2008. And . . . his next book of poetry will be entitled The Grammar of Distance. Ian is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets.

Kate Marshall Flaherty

Kate Marshall Flaherty has published two books of poetry with Hidden Brook Press, Tilted Equilibrium and String of Mysteries in 2006 and 2008 respectively. In addition, she brought out a chapbook, Hobbeldehoy with Lyrical Myrical Press in 2008.

She won the 2006 Shaunt Basmajian award for her chapbook, Unfathom, won second prize in the 2007 Silver Hammer Poetry Award, and was shortlisted in 2006 for both the Pablo Neruda Award for Poetry and the Descant Best Canadian Poem.

She has been published in journals such as Other Voices, THIS Magazine, Ascent Aspirations and Freefall. In 2007 she was part of Canada's National Random Acts of Poetry week, poeming people in hospitals, cafes, parks, yoga classes, ESL classes, and in Parks and Recreation vehicles. Rosie Fernandez of CBC followed her on her poeming spree through Toronto’s Distillery District, and you can hear Kate in action on CBC's "Words at Large". She lives in Toronto with her husband John and three spirited children. Poetry is her lifeline.