Toronto Reading: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards

On Wednesday, April 3rd, I will be participating in the 11th Annual Battle of the Bards, which will be held at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre:

“Toronto’s popular poetry competition, PoetryNOW: The Battle of the Bards, is back for its 11th year to feature readings from 20 dynamic poets and showcase a diverse range of voices, themes and poetic genres. Each poet will be given three minutes to read their work, which can range from comical to contemplative.”

The reading begins at 7:30 PM, and tickets can be purchased through the Harbourfront Centre’s website.

Translation Slam at the Salon du livre!

On Saturday, November 17th, I will be taking part in “Grand Slam,” a translation event at the Salon du livre de Montréal hosted by Nicola Danby:

Two poets. Four translators. Watch as words move between languages before your very eyes in this live translation slam! With poets Kelly Norah Drukker and Pierre Nepveu, and translators Donald Winkler, Daniel Canty, Aleshia Jensen, and Jonathan Lamy. (Presented in French & English)

Deux poètes. Quatre traducteurs. Observez, entendez les mots changer de langue sous vos yeux dans ce slam de traduction en direct! Avec les poètes Kelly Norah Drukker et Pierre Nepveu, ainsi que les traducteurs Donald Winkler, Daniel Canty, Aleshia Jensen et Jonathan Lamy.
***Animation présentée en anglais et en français.***

The event will take place at La Grand Place at the Salon, between 5:30 and 6:30 PM.  The Salon takes place at Place Bonaventure, 800, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, and the entrance fee is $8, or $6 for students and seniors. Hosted by AELAQ, who are organizing many fantastic bilingual and English-language events at the Salon du livre this year.

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Petits feux shortlisted for a Quebec Writers’ Federation translation award

Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné have been nominated for the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Prix de traduction de la fondation Cole for Petits feux, their translation of Small Fires, and for Un outrage mortel (A Great Reckoning) by Louise Penny.  Félicitations à Lori et Paul, et à toute l’équipe du Lézard amoureux! All the finalists and their works will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 20th, at Cabaret Lion d’Or.

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Festival International de la Poésie à Trois-Rivières

From October 3rd to October 6th, I will be participating in the Festival International de la Poésie à Trois-Rivières, a ten-day festival that brings together poets from Quebec, Canada, and around the world. The readings will be held at venues across the city – see the festival program for details. The poems will be read in French, and in the poets’ mother tongue, if translated.

“Meeting of the Ways”: Exploring the Irish West Through Poetry and Photography with Kelly Norah Drukker and Shaney Herrmann

On Friday, March 2nd, 2018, I will be taking part in a Montreal reading and discussion with photographer Shaney Herrmann, where we will explore the intersections between our work on landscapes in the west of Ireland through poetry, images, and conversation. The event will take place at “Irish Spaces,” the Second Annual North American Graduate Conference in Irish Studies at Concordia University, hosted by the School of Irish Studies. 10th floor Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve west, McEntee Reading Room, from 7:00-9:00 PM.
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Interview and Reading: “Inside the Frozen Mammoth” Podcast Series

In the spring of 2017, I was interviewed by Merriane Couture alongside writer Xue Yiwei as part of AELAQ’s “Inside the Frozen Mammoth” podcast series, featuring English-language writers from Quebec in conversation about Montreal, language, culture, and craft.

“The Smallness of this Island Earth” – Three Women Poets, Three Islands

Friday, June 2, 7:30-10:00 PM
5445 Rue de Gaspé, # 408, Mile End

Stone huts and fulmar bones; flotsam and tuckamore; salt-tossed rock and Gaelic Bibles; grykes, karst, crags, and limestone—words and images gleaned from the islands of St. Kilda, Inis Mór, and Newfoundland. Join Kelly Norah Drukker, Talya Rubin, and Robin Durnford for an evening of poetry and conversation as they explore aspects of the history, culture, and geography of the islands that inhabit their poetry collections Small Fires, Leaving the Island, and A Lovely Gutting. Facebook event

Entry is $5 and includes a refreshment and something to nibble. Places are limited to 25, so please reserve your spot by emailing: 

Thanks to AELAQ and Canada Council for the Arts for their support of this event.

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Atwater Poetry Project Reading – March 23rd, 2017

On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, I’ll be reading from my debut poetry collection Small Fires at Montreal’s Atwater Poetry Project, in the company of writer Carolyne Van Der Meer, author of Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience, and the forthcoming poetry collection Journeywoman.

The event starts at 7:00 PM, and is free of charge. Everyone is welcome. Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 2nd floor auditorium, 1200 Atwater Ave (Atwater metro). Facebook event

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“Finding the song the ancestors left,” a review of Small Fires by Emily McGiffin

Poet and editor Emily McGiffin has reviewed Small Fires in volume 15.2 of the The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada. From the review:

“Set in Ireland and France, Small Fires, Kelly Norah Drukker’s debut poetry collection, is a petit and exquisite book of journeys. Much more than a poetic travelogue, it is a quiet homage to places and cultures that Drukker inhabits fully and allows herself to be smitten by.”