Saturday, October 13th
Doors @ 8PM, Reading @ 8:30PM
This is going to be a good one, folks!
Considered to be Canadaâ€™s foremost writer of the surreal, Stuart Ross will be reading at the Argo from his seventh full-length collection of poetry,You Exist. Details Follow. (Anvil Press, 2012) alongside the Ashberyian ironies and McGimpseyian pleasures of Greg Santos and his latest collection, The Emperorâ€™s Sofa (DC Books, 2010).
In his seventh full-length poetry collection You Exist. Details Follow., Stuart Ross veers in opposite directions: narrative confessional poems, and works that might be considered abstract expressionist, and a lot both in between and beyond those boundaries. Each poem breathes with the signature weirdness, the sharp wit, and gentle awe that Ross is known for. Here youâ€™ll find confounding centos, fractured sonnets, delirious lists, poems composed through surrealist strategies, a new addition toRossâ€™s autobiographical Razovsky series, and more.
Stuart Ross is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist. He is the author of about a dozen books and countless chapbooks. His story collection Buying Cigarettes for the Dog won the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. Stuart is the fiction and poetry editor for This Magazine, a regular columnist for subTerrain, and has his own imprint, a stuart ross book, at Mansfield Press. He was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen’s University, and has led writing workshops across the country.
The Emperorâ€™s Sofa is a road trip that veers smoothly from the elegiac to the dubious; from faraway hotel rooms to quiet rides in the country, from perfect strangers to infomercials at 4 AM… As Todd Swift wrote, Greg Santosâ€™ poems are the stuff of “deranged heroes and unmasked anti-heroic marvels â€“ funny, poignant, and profound.
About Greg Santos:
Greg Santos was born and raised in Montreal. He has studied at Mount Allison (Sackville, NB), Concordia (Montreal, QC), Columbia (New York, NY) universities, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School (New York, NY). His writing has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, includings McSweeney’s, Nthposition, The Best American Poetry, The Feathertale Review, Matrix, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Rogue Stimulus (Mansfield Press, 2010), The Future Hygienic (PistolPress, 2009), Dingers: Contemporary Baseball Writing (DC Books, 2007), and as a featured ‘Parliamentary Poem of the Week’ selection. He is also the author of the chapbook Tweet Tweet Tweet (Corrupt Press, 2011). He currently works as a writing instructor and is the poetry co-editor for the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s online literary magazine carte blanche.
Hope to see you there!