Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Six Readers for May 4, 2008

Gary Gottfriedson reads from Whiskey Bullets, published by Ronsdale Press.

Johanna Skibsrud presents Late Nights with Wild Cowboys, from Gaspereau Press

Editor and poet Paul Sutherland introduces Dream Catcher, a top-tier UK literary journal with Canadian and international connections.

M.E. Csamer reads from Light is What We Live In, from Artful Codger Press.

Domenico Capilongo brings us his first collection, I thought elvis was italian, a spring publication from Wolsak and Wynn.

Karen Houle reads from her new book of poems, During, recently released by Gaspereau Press.

Garry Gottfreidson

A member of the Secwepemc First Nation, Gottfriedson was born, raised, and lives in Kamloops, British Columbia. He is a self-employed rancher with a Masters degree in Education from Simon Fraser University. His published works include In Honor of Our Grandmothers: Imprints of Cultural Survival (Theytus Books, 1994), 100 Years of Contact (Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, 1990), Glass Tepee (Thistledown Press, 2002), nominated for First People's Publishing Award 2004, and Painted Pony (Partners in Publishing, 2005), his first children’s story. He has read from his work across North America and Europe, and recently, in Taiwan.

Johanna Skibsrud

Johanna Skibsrud was born in Meadowville, Nova Scotia, and completed her MA in English and Creative Writing at Montreal’s Concordia University in 2005. Her work has appeared in Prism International, Exile, The Antigonish Review, and is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead. Her first collection of poetry, Late Nights with Wild Cowboys was published in April, 2008 by Gaspereau Press. The title poem, like many of the poems within the collection, follows the narrator’s search for a way of living and understanding the world that is constantly both more exact and exacting. In 2006, Johanna was runner-up in Lichen’s “Tracking a Serial Poet” contest, and placed first in the Stickman Review’s short fiction contest. Her limited-edition chapbook, The Electric Man, was published in 2005 through Delirium Press. Johanna is currently working on a novel, and will begin a doctorate program in English at the University of New Brunswick in the fall. (Photo by Moez Surani.)

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland
grew up in Hamilton and published his first collection, Winter Poems in 1970. He emigrated to the UK in 1973. There, he published four collections of his own work and edited books by six other poets. His Seven Earth Odes and Holy Week Sequence (both published in 2004) were highly praised by British authors, the US-Croatian poet Mario Susko and by the editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Jules Smith. Paul Sutherland is the founding editor of Dream Catcher, a respected international journal based in the UK. His work has appeared in UK journals such as Brando’s Hat, Pennine Platform, and in Poetry New Zealand and the Nassau Review in the US. His poems have recently been anthologized in North Yorkshire 199, Tales of the Fox, Spires and Steeples and Pendulum. He has work forth-coming in the International Other Voices Anthology. His latest manuscript is entitled Journeyings.

M. E. Csamer

M. E. Csamer has been widely published in Canadian literary magazines. Her first collection Paper Moon appeared in 1998. A former board member of the ArtBar poetry reading series in Toronto, she is also past president of the League of Canadian Poets. In 2005 Artful Codger Press published her poetry book Light is What We Live In). A novella, A Month Without Snow, is slated for publication in October by Hidden Brook Press as part of a series entitled North Shore, south of 401, featuring writers from Port Hope to Kingston.

Domenico Capilongo

Domenico Capilongo was born in Toronto in 1972 and grew up in Vancouver and Swift Current, Saskatchewan before returning to Toronto. He is a karate instructor as well as a former Ontario Karate Champion and National Black Belt Medalist. He has lived in Japan and traveled throughout Asia. He teaches high school creative writing and alternative education. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies in Canada and abroad. In 2004, he won Honourable Mention in The Toronto Star Poetry Contest and his work has been nominated for The Journey Prize. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons. HIs first collection of poetry, I thought elvis was italian, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in April 2008.

Karen Houle

Karen Houle is an associate professor in Philosophy at the University of Guelph. Houle’s first collection of poetry, Ballast, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award in 2001. Her essay “Double Arc” was published in Dropped Threads 2. (Photo by Dean Palmer)