The Coach House Book Club #3, with Margaret Chistakos and Rachel Zolf
On Monday, April 27, join poets Margaret Christakos Multitudes and Rachel Zolf Janey's Arcadia in our cozy coffeeroom as they lead the third meeting of the Coach House Book Club.
We are thrilled that Margaret and Rachel, both widely acclaimed poets, have agreed to lead our Book Club meeting during National Poetry Month. Come and join us for a relaxed evening of discussion about poetry, writing practices, working in the field of letters and whatever else comes up over the course of the meeting!
Attendance is free for this event. We just ask that you RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many drinks and snacks to get. Speaking of which, a small PWYC donation towards the cost of food and booze will be gratefully accepted. The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m., and please note that seating is limited.
Coach House is privileged to enjoy a rich publishing history with Margaret and Rachel. Their impressive bios follow:
Margaret Christakos is a worker in the field of letters. She has published eight previous collections of poetry and a novel. As well as writing and teaching part-time, she designed and facilitated Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon from 2006 to 2012, and edits with influencysalon.ca. Born and raised in Sudbury, she and her family live in Toronto.
Rachel Zolfs writing practice explores interrelated materialist questions concerning memory, history, knowledge, subjectivity, and the conceptual limits of language and meaning. She is particularly interested in how ethics founders on the shoals of the political. Her books of poetry include Neighbour Procedure 2010; Human Resources 2007, which won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award; Masque 2004, finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; and Her absence, this wanderer 1999. Among her many collaborations with other artists, she wrote the film The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women's Picture, directed by New York artist Josiah McElheny, which premiered at Art Basel Miami 2012; and she conducted the first collaborative MFA in Creative Writing ever, The Tolerance Project. Janey's Arcadia is set in Manitoba, where Zolf's family settled in the early part of the twentieth century. She has taught at The New School and the University of Calgary and now lives and works in Toronto.
These gorgeously measured poems drill down through language to deliver treasure, sex and some of the most incisive observations about networked culture Ive encountered. A must-read for the smart, the dirty and the connected. Caitlin Fisher, on Multitudes
'Few poets embody stress like Rachel Zolf. Pain most poets cannot imagine exposing with such exacting affliction. Janeys Arcadia recommends we reconsider the weak arguments of post-identity politics because this poet sees how we will lie to hide the brutality of our collective suffering for civilizations advancement. If you read this without waking your emotional intelligence, well, Im glad Im not you with that stick so far up your ass. This is the real poetry. I know it is because it changes me.' CAConrad, on Janey's Arcadia
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