Thursday, May 29 | 7pm
Poetry Reading with Tom Comitta, Kevin Spenst & Jordan Abel
Tom Comitta is the author of ◯ (Ugly Ducking Presse) and SENT (Invisible Venue). From 2011-12, he co-composed and co-conducted nine operas with The San Francisco Guerrilla Opera Company, a roving sound poetry troupe that gave voice to street signs and leaked US embassy cables. These operas were staged at numerous sites around the Bay Area, including Civic Center BART and the Berkeley Art Museum. Currently Comitta lives in Oakland and conducts multimedia writing workshops at elementary schools.
Kevin Spenst’s poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, Rhubarb Magazine, Capilano Review, dANDelion, filling Station, Poetry is Dead, Moonshot Magazine, The Maynard, illiterature, The Enpipe Line, V6A and Ditch Poetry. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and his manuscript, Ignite, has come in as a finalist for the Alfred G. Baily Prize. In 2011, he won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry for a suite of poems from Ignite. After an inspiring summer at the Sage Hill Writing Retreat in 2012, he published his first chapbook of poetry: Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite. In the fall of 2013, a chapbook of poems, Pray Goodbye, will be published through The Alfred Gustav Press, and another chapbook, Retractable, will be coming out through the serif of nottingham. In 2014 he is going to do a 50-venue reading tour across Canada in support of small presses.
Jordan Abel is a First Nations writer who lives in Vancouver. His first book, The Place of Scraps, is forthcoming from Talonbooks this fall. He holds a BA from the University of Alberta and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Abel is an editor for Poetry Is Dead magazine and the former poetry editor for PRISM international and Geist. His work has been published in many journals and magazines across Canada, including CV2, The Capilano Review, Prairie Fire, dANDelion, ARC Poetry Magazine, Descant, Broken Pencil, OCW Magazine, filling Station, Grain, and Canadian Literature. In early 2013, above/ground Press published his chapbook Scientia.