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Shirley Camia & Phoebe Wang -- Reading & Signing

Tuesday Nov 21 2017 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Reading and signing of Camia's Children Shouldn’t Use Knives and Other Tales (At Bay Press) and Wang's Admission Requirements (McClelland & Stewart).

The blue skies of childhood exist in the warmest of our memories, but what chases us all through the rest of our lives are the storm clouds. This is the premise of Children Shouldn’t Use Knives, a harrowing but exhilarating examination of life before adolescence by Canadian poet Shirley Camia.

In a series of razor-sharp sketches, Camia’s piercing observations are offered as a perfectly balanced counter-weight to the sing-song melody of innocence. Camia and Vancouver illustrator Cindy Mochizuki offer an individual reckoning that unpacks for the reader the universal truth that fear and danger respect no age and ignore all boundaries.

Shirley Camia is a Winnipeg born, Toronto based poet and journalist. She is the author of two previous works of poetry: The Significance of Moths and Calliope. Her work can be seen online.

The poems in Phoebe Wang’s debut collection Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties and ways of being. The speaker in these poems is engaged in a kind of fieldwork, surveying gardens, communities, and the haphazard cityscape, where the reader is presented with the paradoxes of subsumed histories. With understated irony and unsettling imagery, the poems address the internal conflicts inherent in contemporary living.

Phoebe Wang was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies and Hanging Exhibits, and was the 2015 winner of PRISM international's Poetry Contest.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, and the financial assistance of the Canada Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

See:

Children Shouldn't Use Knives

- Hardcover

by Shirley Camia - $19.95 - Add to Cart

Canadian poet Shirley Camia presents a harrowing but exhilarating examination of life before adolescence. In a series of razor-sharp sketches, Camia's piercing observations are offered as a perfectly balanced counter-weight to the sing-song melody of innocence. Camia and Vancouver illustrator Cindy Mochizuki offer an individual reckoning that unpacks for the reader the universal truth that fear and danger respect no age and ignore all boundaries.

Admission Requirements

- Trade paperback

by Phoebe Wang - $19.95 - Add to Cart

A debut collection from a startling new voice in Canadian poetry.The poems in Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties and ways of being. The speaker in these poems is engaged in a kind of fieldwork, surveying gardens, communities, and the haphazard cityscape, where the reader is presented with the paradoxes of subsumed histories. With understated irony and unsettling imagery, the poems address the internal conflicts inherent in contemporary living.