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Ryan continues to be Gold, Dark, Crabwise & Hypothetical

May 24, 2016

The following Tuesday 7 June, at 7pm at the Port Credit Branch Library, I’ll be reading again with Jeramy Dodds, Leigh Kotsilidis and Katherine Leyton. After the reading we’ll head to the Pump House Grille, just a couple minutes up the road.

POETRY NIGHT
PORT CREDIT LIBRARY

20 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga
(25 minutes by GO from downtown Toronto, 5 minute walk from GO station)

JERAMY DODDS’s first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds, won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His poems have won the CBC Literary Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award. He holds an MA in Medieval Icelandic Studies.

LEIGH KOTSILIDIS is a poet and visual artist based in Montreal. She is the co-founder of Littlefishcart Press, Fish Quill Poetry Boat, and Scientists for Love. Her first full-length poetry collection, Hypotheticals, was published in 2011 by Coach House Books; and her most recent art exhibition, Lady Into Fox, was on display at the Redpath Museum, Montreal. She currently works as Managing Editor for Vallum magazine.

KATHERINE LEYTON’s poetry and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications in Canada and abroad. Her debut collection of poetry, All the Gold Hurts My Mouth, was published by icehouse/Goose Lane in March 2016. In the summer of 2014, Katherine was the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at the Al & Eurithe Purdy A-Frame in Prince Edward County. A native of Toronto, she now lives in Ottawa. You can check out her work at katherineleyton.com.

RYAN VAN WINKLE is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and Best Scottish Poems 2015. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. As a member of Highlight Arts he has organized festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq.

After the reading, please join us at:
Pump House Grille
40 Lakeshore Road E, Mississauga
(2 minute walk from Library)

Ryan is one of 4 Poets Getting Gold, Dark, Crabwise & Hypothetical

May 23, 2016

I’ll be in Peterborough, Ontario on Sunday 5 June for 4 Poets Get Gold, Dark, Crabwise & Hypothetical, alongside Jeramy Dodds, Leigh Kotsilidis and Katherine Leyton. It starts at 7.30pm at The Garnet, 231 Hunter St West. Hope to see you there.

We are 4 poets, born and raised in different places, but with three things in common: we all love poems, pints and Peterborough!

Come indulge with us in our overlapping loves!

JERAMY DODDS’s first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds, won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His poems have won the CBC Literary Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award. He holds an MA in Medieval Icelandic Studies.

LEIGH KOTSILIDIS is a poet and visual artist based in Montreal. She is the co-founder of Littlefishcart Press, Fish Quill Poetry Boat, and Scientists for Love. Her first full-length poetry collection, Hypotheticals, was published in 2011 by Coach House Books; and her most recent art exhibition, Lady Into Fox, was on display at the Redpath Museum, Montreal. She currently works as Managing Editor for Vallum magazine.

KATHERINE LEYTON’s poetry and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications in Canada and abroad. Her debut collection of poetry, All the Gold Hurts My Mouth, was published by icehouse/Goose Lane in March 2016. In the summer of 2014, Katherine was the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at the Al & Eurithe Purdy A-Frame in Prince Edward County. A native of Toronto, she now lives in Ottawa. You can check out her work at katherineleyton.com.

RYAN VAN WINKLE is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and Best Scottish Poems 2015. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. As a member of Highlight Arts he has organized festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq.

Ryan at Northampton Arts’ Jonbar Archeology series

June 5, 2014

Very pleased to have been invited to take parts in Northampton Arts‘ series of Jonbar Archeology events & installations. With the Canadian poet Katherine Leyton and sound Artists Jonathan Prior we’ve created a poetic walking tour of Northampton exploring alternative histories and legacies. We’ll share that online soon or you can come try it out on 20 June before the Jonbar Cabaret & the mega Untune solstice event created by the artist Jantine Wijnja.
Jonbar Cabaret
20 June 2014, 8pm
Venue: NN Café, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
A night of poetry, performance, music, readings and stories by Jo Blake Cave, Ben Moor, Ryan van Winkle and others, followed by through-the-night interventions and performances in the lead up to Untune at St Crispin’s. Tickets £5 available from NN Café.

Untune at St Crispin’s
21 June 2014, 3:30am
Meet at NN, Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
This year at summer solstice, you are invited to join us in commemorating the story of Doris Towers. We will use her story as an anchor for something more: a celebration of all that does not fit easily into our lives. A hike led by artist Jantine Wijnja will leave NN in time for us to watch the sun rise. Wear footwear ready for hiking and bring a bottle of water. Round trip will take approximately 3 hours.

Commiserate IV: Katherine Leyton

April 8, 2013

Commiserate is a monthly experiment in poetic collaboration.

April, 2013: Katherine Leyton

 

notes to a husband

I.

When I feed the ducks
my hard heels of bread

I hate how the black-
necked geese often do not care

for my crumbs.
That’s not really news

but it’s what I care
to report.

II.

The bed is cold ground
when you’re gone

my obsessions sweat
through the sheets
and I blink
at the ceiling

as it lowers itself.
In the morning
I think about our kitchen window–
the time a sparrow collided with our reflection

we’d been eating toast
hands gripping mugs
everything like any day.

III

When I swim
I know only swimming

this water remembers my body

you will come back and say
I’ve memorized every inch of you

but your hands will feel cool
strange and I will shudder the first time

your mouth moves for my skin.

IV

My bookshelves prove
I will keep expanding
like a universe, unchecked

V

When you are here
and sitting still
I make you read to me

I lay my head in your lap
and you get nervous:
“She gave him his eyes, she found them
Among some rubble, among some beetles.”

You stumble
and I reach up and put my hand
to your neck.

VI.

I don’t know whether to answer the telephone
or the emails or the door. I am too drunk

to eat fish. Windows or not,
your eyes are broken

and we have conversations
in my head like a television

on somewhere,
letters I don’t send.

VII.

Your job is to be forgotten
but present. A rattling

glass eye or some trashy
romance novel I never read

but refuse to throw away.

VIII.

Call me.
Call me and don’t say anything.
Call me and pray.
Call me and talk for the dead.

I will call you.
I will call you when my legs open wider.
I will call you when yolk sticks on the plate.
I will call you when night wakes me.

Call me when you buy carrots / when you feel like a run / it is raining / the bus is late /
you stop to help an old woman up the stairs/ I will call you

when i notice the moon again / when i rinse out the bottles / before the trash / must go out / call and there are no answers / no endings / i will call you when i remember
what it is / i entered / the kitchen for

Katherine says: I’m a bit of a fascist when it comes to my poetry, so I’ll admit I found this exercise very frustrating at first, especially since Ryan took the lead on it and decided both the context and the opening stanza.

Here, Ryan says, go anywhere you want, but only in this room. Or, in this case, be anyone you want, but only in the confines of this marriage.

In the end, of course, constraints are wonderful things because they challenge you to go places in your writing you normally wouldn’t.

And working with Ryan is exciting: what I like about his work is that it explodes in these unexpected places into deep grooves and melodies that I really want to get into, be a part of, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to do that. I’m really glad he asked me to participate in this project.

Ryan says: Originally from Canada, I’ve known Katherine since her days of study in Edinburgh. Her mature, considered, (occasionally angry) voice and rare concern for The Poem struck me from our very first workshop together and, indeed, my first collection remains indebted to her eyes.

Since then she’s been at work on her craft and it has been my privilege to read her poems as often as she cares to send them along. Having just read her recently finished first manuscript, I remain excited about the future.

Katherine’s poems have appeared in places like The Malahat ReviewThe Edinburgh Review, and Room. She was also the founder one of the more exciting poetry projects I’ve seen in a long time — How Pedestrian. Without any funding or sponsorship, Katherine took poetry to the streets and got random people in random places to read poems aloud. You’ll want to dip into the project. But, first, have a read of our poem which was loosely inspired by a Tomaz Salumn poem which might have been called ‘Notes to My Wife’ (though, I’m not 100% positive) but was definitely in ‘A Ballad for Metka Krasovec‘.

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