Hear Japanese writer Takashi Hiraide alongside Canadian poets Sylvia Legris and Sarah Pinder read from their latest works. The reading will be hosted by Catherine Graham and followed by an audience Q&A.
Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based writer. The Celery Forest, Graham’s sixth poetry collection, was shortlisted for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry, named a CBC Best Book of the Year and appears on the CBC Books Ultimate Canadian Poetry List. Her debut novel Quarry won an Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the Fred Kerner Book Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and is a previous winner of TIFA’s Poetry NOW competition. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @catgrahampoet
Takashi Hiraide is a poet, critic and book designer. He has published books of various genres and forms from poetry to prose and from poetics of sports to criticism on arts, receiving numerous prizes. Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, highly praised Hiraide’s writings for providing a new direction for prose within the field of poetry.His first novel The Guest Cat, became a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller in 2014. It has been translated into ten languages, including English and French. There are plans for more translations, totalling more than twenty languages. This is a book of hybrid literary form consisting of Japanese I-novel style & Surrealistic documentary. Supported by The Japan Foundation Toronto Photo ©Takewaki of rengoDMS
Sylvia Legris' poetry collections include Pneumatic Antiphonal (2013), published as part of New Directions' acclaimed Poetry Pamphlet Series, and Nerve Squall, her third book, winner of both the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2006 Pat Lowther Award. Among her other awards are the Canada Council's 2012 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement by a mid-career writer, and the 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Poetry, and The Walrus. She presents The Hideous Hidden, a richly lyrical collection that, in the words of Rosmarie Waldrop,"makes anatomy sing."
Sarah Pinder was born in Sault Ste Marie. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and small magazines, as well as the anthology She’s Shameless. In the Cutting Room collection, she explores violence and desire. She lives in Toronto.