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.
Petits feux, the French-language translation of Small Fires by award-winning translators Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, will be published by Le lézard amoureux of Groupe Nota Bene in March of 2018. Details of the launch and upcoming readings to come!
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
Small Fires has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2016 Grand Prix du livre de Montréal! A reception for the finalists will be held at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal on November 14th, at 11:00 AM, and the winner will be announced.
Small Fires has been selected as a finalist for both the 2016 A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and the 2016 Concordia University First Book Prize! Winners will be announced at the Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards Gala on November 22nd.
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