At long last, after numerous hurdles–including the collapse of a press–my second collection of poems, Shifting Baseline Syndrome, is out in the world! I couldn’t be more grateful to everybody at Oskana Poetry and Poetics for putting this book together. Order it, buy it, come out to a reading, write a review, give it a rating, hold this book in your hands! And, don’t forget: “Our baselines haven’t shifted — you have.”
To celebrate the release of my short story collection, You and Me, Belonging, we’re throwing a launch party! There’ll be readings, books for sale, who knows what else. Will we be lighting guitars on fire and smashing them on the street? Maybe! You’ll have to come on out to find out. Please do!
Poetry: “Cousinage: A Meet Cute” “Acid Trip in a Portapotty” “Cote Saint-Luc Road” Fiction: “Ninety-Nine” Creative Non-Fiction: “Toronto’s (Not So) Jewish Suburbs” Review Essays: “The Terrible Bloom of What We Planted: Three Canadians Confront Israel/Palestine” Review of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am
In 1872, when the first clay tablets of the Epic of Gilgamesh were being rediscovered in the buried library of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal for the first time in almost two millennia, an anonymous article in The New York Times cogitated on the stunning divide between the advanced technologies of the day—the telegraph, the newspaper—and the advanced technology of Ashurbanipal’s day—baked clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform text. “It is hardly possible to conceive of two more opposite literary productions than the modern newspaper and the crumbling and mysterious records found among the ruins of antiquity,” they wrote. “A telegraph dispatch and a cuneiform inscription are both composed of letters, and are alike media for the transmission of intelligence; and yet how immeasurably different are the ideas of life, time, and space which the mention of the two suggests.” And while the difference between the cuneiform tablet and the telegraph must have indeed appeared vast, it is nothing compared to the chasm that separates the telegraph from the internet, the iPhone, the early days of V.R. and robotics, everything 2.0. These technologies, so unremarkable that they fit in our pockets, have deeply altered the lives and the worlds of people who use […]
My short story, “Fences,” placed third in the inaugural Word on the Street Writing DiverCity Contest! The story is now featured on their website, and will be excerpted in The Toronto Star on Saturday, September 23rd. As well, I will be reading from the story at the Word on the Street festival itself. The festival is on September 24th at Harbourfront Center, and I’ll be reading at 2:15 at the Vibrant Voices tent. If you’re around, come on out! Thanks to the festival for starting such a great contest, thanks to the judges for choosing my story, and congratulations to the two other winners, Amanda Ghazale Aziz (second place), and Elham M. Ali (first place). You can read my story, a short interview with me, and the other two stories, here.
I’ll be doing two poetry readings in Montreal, in early March. They are: On Friday, March 3rd, I’ll be reading at Paragraphe Books (right outside of the McGill gates), along with Marianne Ackerman, David Sherman, and Luciano Iacobelli. The event starts at 6:00! (Check out the poster below.) The second reading is Tuesday, March 7th, at the Resonance Reading series. I’ll be reading along with Kim Fu, Karissa LaRocque, and andrea bennett. The readings start at 8:30. The event page is here, and their Facebook page is here. If you’re in Montreal, come on out!
I’ll be reading some poetry this Thursday, February 2nd, at the amazing knife | fork | book in Kensington Market, along with Jim Nason. Come on out! Doors at 6:30. AARON KREUTER Arguments for Lawn Chairs JIM NASON Touch Anywhere to Begin FEBRUARY 2ND Doors 6:30PM Poetry 7-ish knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market More details here.