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Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2) magazine -- Fall Issue Launch

Thursday Nov 12 2015 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2) turns 40 in 2015 and to celebrate it has come up with an issue like no other. In looking forward to the next 40 years of poetry and literary magazines we have brought together a group of innovative poets in Out of Line: Volume 38.2 of CV2. Join CV2 and McNally Robinson in marking this important birthday of Canada’s oldest poetry magazine. Featured readers include:

Jonathan Ball holds a PhD in English and is the author of five books. He also directed two short films, edited the journals dANDelion and The Maelstrom (which he founded), and writes the humour columns “Haiku Horoscopes” and “What Rappers Are Saying.” In 2014, he won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. He lives online at, where he writes about writing the wrong way. His first professional poetry publication appeared in CV2.

Michelle Elrick is the author of To Speak, and co-creator of remember the old log house with Peter Kralik. She was the recipient of the 2011 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Her work has appeared in Geist, Prairie Fire, Poetry is Dead, Canadian Literature, Event and other journals, and she was featured on the cover of CV2 magazine’s Winter 2011 edition. Over the summer of 2012, she produced a series of performance installations in Reykjavik, Iceland called “Notes from the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space”, which she toured in 2013 to various sites in Europe, Canada and the USA. She has also written and directed two poetry films, which have been broadcast on CBC and screened at festivals around the globe. Her forthcoming collection is titled then/again.


Jennifer Still makes poems in Winnipeg with Olive, the ring-necked dove.

Chimwemwe Undi is a poet, spoken word artist and arts organizer. She has been featured at the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and her work can be found in Prairie Fire and online at Lemonhound. She lives, writes and is pursuing a Linguistics degree on Treaty One territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry and was the 2015 selection for On the Same Page, Manitoba’s Book Club. Her work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies across the globe. Vermette’s recent project, The Seven Teachings Stories, is a seven volume children’s picture book series. Currently, she is completing work on a National Film Board documentary, and a novel, The Break. She has been a proud member of the Indigenous Writers Collective since 2004, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.