Romantic Virtual Launch

November 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Romantic Virtual Launch

You’re invited to the virtual launch of Mark Callanan’s Romantic! Join us on Wednesday, November 17 at 7 PM ET/8:30 PM NT. Mark Callanan will be joined in conversation by fellow poet, Luke Hathaway. We’ll be streaming live on Facebook & on YouTube. Video link will be shared closer to the event, so RSVP to stay up to date!


Drawing on Arthurian myth, the Romantic poets, the ill-fated “Great War” efforts of the Newfoundland Regiment, modern parenthood, 16-bit video games, and Major League Baseball, these poems examine the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, both as individuals and as communities, in order to explain how and why we are the way we are. At its heart, Romantic interrogates our western society’s idealized, self-deluding personal and cultural perspectives.


Mark Callanan is the author of two previous poetry collections. He was one of the founding editors of the St. John’s, Newfoundland-based literary journal Riddle Fence and co-edited The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry. He lives in St. John’s with his wife, poet and critic Andreae Callanan, and their four children.


Luke Hathaway (he/him) is a poet, editor, essayist, librettist, and play-maker, who teaches creative writing and English literature at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax; until September of 2020 he was Amanda Jernigan (she/her), and as Amanda published three books of poems—Groundwork, All the Daylight Hours, and Years, Months, and Days, the last of these named a best book of the year in the New York Times. His latest book (published under the name A.H. Jernigan) is the long poem New Year Letter (Baseline Press, 2020).


Get your copy of Romantic from Biblioasis here!