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

No automatic alt text available.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.

Atwater Poetry Project Reading – March 23rd, 2017

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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


“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.”

Small Fires Wins Two Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards

On November 22nd, at the 18th QWF Awards Gala, which took place at the Corona Theatre in Montreal, Small Fires was awarded both the 2016 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Concordia University First Book Prize. A full list of the winners and finalists can be found on the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s website.

October 12th, 2016 – Montreal Launch of Small Fires

Small Fires will be launched at The Word bookstore in Montreal on Wednesday, October 12th, at 7:30 PM. 469 Milton Street, corner of Aylmer. All are welcome!

“In detailed and musical language, the poems in Small Fires highlight aspects of landscape and culture in regions that are haunted by marginal and silenced histories.” -McGill-Queen’s University Press