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Dina Del Bucchia & Nicole Raziya Fong -- Reading & Signing

Wednesday Apr 17 2019 7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove
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Winnipeg launch of Del Bucchia’s It’s a Big Deal (Talonbooks), a poetic interrogation of the ways we interpret and process the big deals of our twenty-first-century lives, and Fong’s poetry collection PEЯFACT (Talonbooks), a series in three parts, beginning with an interrogation into the structure of experience, language, and identity.

This evening co-presented by Contemporary Verse 2 magazine, and featuring special guest reader Marika Prokosh.

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three earlier collections of poetry: Coping with Emotions and Otters, Blind Items, and Rom Com, the latter written with Daniel Zomparelli. She is an editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine, the artistic director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, and a co-host of the podcast Can’t Lit with Jen Sookfong Lee. An otter and dress enthusiast, she lives on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, British Columbia).

Nicole Raziya Fong is a writer living in Montreal. Her work seeks to delimit and re-construct immaterial ampules of psychic experience, coaxing the incorporeal into inhabiting a more muscular physique. Her chapbook, Fargone, was published as part of the Poetry Will Be Made By All project. Past work has appeared in publications including Cordite, Poetry is Dead, and The Volta. PEЯFACT is her first book.

Marika Prokosh writes, cooks, and answers reference questions in Winnipeg. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire, CV2, Room, Lemon Hound, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, and at The Toast, where she also wrote the monthly advice column The Spinster’s Almanac.


It's a Big Deal!

- Dina Del Bucchia

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So many things seem like a BIG DEAL: buying clothes, food trends for healthfulness and coolness, what's trending online, your personal problems, what someone else has said, the political landscape, an Instagram post, avocado toast. This list could go on and on. What's a big deal to someone might be nothing to another. It's a Big Deal! questions the way modern society values, interprets, and roasts or embraces these ideas. How do these big deals affect us, and the way we interact with others? Is the way we measure "bigness" different than it used to be? Does it mutate as time goes on? From popular trends in health and wellness to the big deals of life like death and work, love and politics, and into the extinct megafauna that used to walk this earth, this book looks at the ways we interpret those things. This collection is wry, sensitive, bitchy, and honest. With a unique voice that holds humour and heart, the poems reflect the ever-changingbig deals we encounter in the world.


- Nicole Raziya Fong

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PERFACT is a series in three parts, beginning with an interrogation into the structure of experience, language, and identity. The title poem, "PERFACT," is an approach to materiality and consciousness in which each intersect, partaking in a coded interchange. This interchange precedes the stage play, ç?©ã®å"EURã,OE ("mono-no-aware," an untranslatable Japanese term which might be expressed as an empathy or awareness of things), a "dark night of the soul" whose dramatic interchange leads a feminine "I" inwards and back again, countering the coherence of singular identity with the threat of sublimation. This mystical junction makes way for "MINE," a lineated poem presenting a disassociated clarity marked by absence, survival's persistent interlude.