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Poets & Prosecco: Winter Fundraiser for Hamilton Review of Books | Redchurch Cafe + Gallery | Tuesday, 13. February 2018

Join us on Tuesday February 13 at 7 p.m. at the Red Church Cafe and Gallery for Poets & Prosecco, an evening of poetry, conversation, and wine in support of Hamilton Review of Books. Tickets are $30 and include one glass of prosecco and a gift bag! All proceeds go to paying our Spring 2018 issue contributors.

Our guest poets include:

Madhur Anand

Madhur Anand’s poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America and in the anthology The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. Her debut collection of poems A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes was published by McClelland & Stewart in April 2015 to international acclaim. "Anand's attention to and ability to evoke explicit, exponential beauty in scientific and natural form are simply stunning" (Publishers Weekly). Anand completed her Ph.D. in theoretical ecology at Western University, and is currently a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph and interim Director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. (penguinrandomhouse.ca)

Shannon Bramer

Poet and playwright Shannon Bramer lives in Toronto. Previous collections of poetry include: suitcases and other poems (winner of the 2000 Hamilton and Region Best Book Award), scarf, and The Refrigerator Memory. She has also published chapbooks with above/ground press and BookThug, and regularly conducts poetry workshops for students of all ages. An illustrated collection of poems for very young children is forthcoming from Groundwood Books in the spring of 2019. Precious Energy is her first full-length collection in over a decade. (bookthug.ca)

Spencer Gordon

Spencer Gordon is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Cosmo (Coach House Books, 2012), called “startling and invigorating” (and “Canada’s Most Underrated Book”) by Quill and Quire, “rare [and] brave” by the National Post, “poignant and hilarious” by This Magazine, “both heartwarming and heartbreaking” by The Winnipeg Review, and “both ridiculous and absolutely perfect” by The Walrus.

In fall 2017, Nightwood Editions released his debut collection of poetry, Cruise Missile Liberals. The book is one of CBC’s “16 Poetry Books to Watch” and one of The 49th Shelf’s most anticipated poetry books of fall 2017. To the Winnipeg Free Press, it showcases a “disturbing, wry intelligence … [and] taut, careful craft.” The Toronto Star writes that it “offers plenty of laughs, but it’s also got heart.” The Globe and Mail claims that it’s “completely submerged in the zany, disturbing thick of it … [and] might be the oddball balm you need.” And, in a starred review, Quill and Quire comments: “Cruise Missile Liberals is a complex and accomplished first collection from a writer who has honed his voice by listening. Gordon’s examination of the self in late capitalism is not always optimistic but is, in its humanity, enormously affirming.” (spencer-gordon.com)

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham is the author of The Celery Forest (Wolsak and Wynn, Buckrider Books), a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013, now in its second printing), Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010), The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008), Pupa (Insomniac Press, 2003) and The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998). Her first novel Quarry was published with Two Wolves Press. Winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, her books have been shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, CAA Poetry Award, nominated for the ReLit Award and she has appeared on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. Her writing has been published in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland and has been frequently anthologized. (catherinegraham.com)

We are extremely grateful to our event sponsors:

Anvil Press

Book*hug

Brick Books

Goose Lane Editions/Icehouse Poetry

Nightwood Editions

Penguin Random House

Wolsak & Wynn