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KFB spring – Online Release Party

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - March 28 @ 3:00 am ADT

For ONE NIGHT ONLY, stop by our corner of the internet to hear readings from KFB’s 2020 spring collection. While we won’t be live-streaming the event, EVERYTHING WILL BE DELETED by Saturday morning, so don’t miss it!

You can also join the conversation on Twitter or Instagram!


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Hello Poetry Lovers!

To our collective disappointment, Knife Fork Book at Artscape Youngplace is currently closed due to COVID-19. All of its in-person readings and launch events have been postponed until further notice.

BUT THAT’S NOT GOING TO STOP US from celebrating the release of KFB’s spectacular spring lineup! Join us right here, on the internet, at 7:00pm EST for an all-online party featuring four brand-new poetry titles:

Andy Verboom’s DBL
Hamish Ballantye’s IMITATION CRAB
John Nyman’s THE DEVIL
and Michael Cavuto’s debut full-length collection, COUNTRY POEMS

All four titles can be pre-ordered from the Knife Fork Book online shop at https://shopkfb.weebly.com/. Order now to receive free shipping within Canada on any of the four books, or buy the full 2020 spring collection for $10 off.

The ONLINE RELEASE PARTY will feature readings from all four collections via remote audio/video. The readings will not be live-streamed, but they will be posted for ONE NIGHT ONLY, so make sure you stop by to check us out on Friday night!

Some of our authors will also be hanging out throughout the evening to answer questions, respond to comments, and just have a generally good time across as many social media platforms as our web browsers can handle. The discussion section of this event page will be open for comments sometime before 7pm on Friday night, so feel free to leave your thoughts, ask a question, or start a conversation!

Bios below:

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“Just cause the human beings are hanging doesn’t mean entertainment’s dead. The genre bends.”

– Andy Verboom, DBL

“Verboom is a wordfucker and DBL finds him at his most playful.” – Kirby

ANDY VERBOOM is from subrural Nova Scotia and lives in K’jipuktuk (Halifax). He is the founder of Couplets, a lit & art collaboration series, and co-founder of long con, an online magazine for art about art. His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, been shortlisted for CV2’s Young Buck Prize and Arc’s Poem of the Year, and appeared in Prism, The Puritan, Vallum, and elsewhere. His sixth poetry chapbook will be DBL (knife | fork | book, 2020).

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was drunk not
dreaming and thought will write
to this
friend/to that
What arose next
day won’t smoke
Wild eye in the mens
who can remember

Hamish Ballantyne’s IMITATION CRAB is the speechlessness that settles three days into a road trip, the groan of human language tearing half apart from nature. Its pleasures have their lineage in Zen poetry’s precision and Lorine Niedecker’s vivid work of condensery; they tumble in cascades of tight unlikelinesses; they bite down hard on the tongue of the Moment in the mouth of Gabriola Island lingo. I invite you to “fall down the / flower of / THE WAY HE SPOKE.”

HAMISH BALLANTYNE (b. 1994) is a poet and translator from Vancouver Island. He works seasonally as a mushroom picker and works on the Downtown Eastside the rest of the year. Hamish recently completed a translation of Luis de Góngora’s Solitudes.

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“at least I have something to take care of.
I wouldn’t say I’m heartless.”

– John Nyman, THE DEVIL

JOHN NYMAN is a poet and critic from Toronto. His previous books include Players (Palimpsest, 2016) and Slogan, Substance, Dream: keywords for a responsible poetry (Anstruther, 2018). Find him online at https://johnnymanwriting.wordpress.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/selected.works/

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“I’ve come to realize that telling stories is at the forefront of all of my poetry. Of course, narrative and stories aren’t the same thing, but it’s been a surprise.” – MICHAEL CAVUTO, Touch the Donkey

Michael Cavuto is a poet based in Queens, New York, having previously lived in Toronto and Philadelphia. He is a founding editor of Slow Poetry in America Newsletter and auric press. COUNTRY POEMS is his poetry debut.


March 27 @ 7:00 pm ADT
March 28 @ 3:00 am ADT
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