Don’t miss the Atlantic Book Awards Gala! Luke Hathaway, whose collection The Affirmations is shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award, will be at the event celebrating the best of Atlantic Canadian literature at the Atlantic Book Awards Gala with prizes for authors and publishers in six categories. The gala includes live music, light refreshments, cash bar, and special guest authors will be in attendance. The gala will be held at Paul O’Regan Hall in the Halifax Central Library on Wednesday, June 7 at 7PM ADT.
Details and tickets here!
Grab your copy of The Affirmations here.
Shortlisted for the 2023 J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award • Winner of the 2021 Confederation Poets Prize • One of The Times’ Best Poetry Books of 2022 • A CBC Best Poetry Book of 2022
The mystics who coined the phrase ‘the way of affirmation’ understood the apocalyptic nature of the word yes, the way it can lead out of one life and into another. Moving among the languages of Christian conversion, Classical metamorphosis, seasonal transformation, and gender transition, Luke Hathaway tells the story of the love that rewired his being, asking each of us to experience the transfiguration that can follow upon saying yes—with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, with all one’s strength … and with all one’s body, too.
Luke Hathaway is a trans poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. He has been before now at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. His book Years, Months, and Days was named a best book of 2018 in the New York Times. He mentors new librettists as a faculty member in the Amadeus Choir’s Choral Composition Lab, and makes music with Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA.
Join us in Vancouver for the launch of Kristina Bresnen‘s debut poetry collection, Pascal’s Fire! The event will take place on Thursday, June 15.
Time and details TBA.
Grab your copy of Pascal’s Fire here!
An unnamed speaker navigates a world where God comes in the shape of a cardinal, speaks in the voice of Georgia O’Keeffe, and paints the desert with bones.
Driven by sound, heartbreak, and the baffling limits and possibilities of language, a nameless speaker sets out into a dream-like wilderness where lyric and narrative meet, time dissolves, and figures as various as Moses, the apostle Paul, Virginia Woolf, Blaise Pascal, and Zora Neale Hurston gather in a colloquy. Born from a region of preachers and stuttering prophets, from the gift of tongues and psalms of lament and praise, Pascal’s Fire negotiates the wonder of the unknown and the tension of belief and confronts the vulnerability of speech where it brushes up against death and grief, wind and desert heat, unquenchable thirst and the steady sound of an IV drip.
Kristina Bresnen has published poems in Canada and the US. She is from Montreal and currently lives in Vancouver.
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