Monday, January 16th, 2012
Our second Argo Featured Reading with (in order of sonic appearance) John Eric Bennett, Argo Co-Owner Jesse Eckerlin, Kasper Hartman & Zachariah Wells. The blubbering and overly loquacious host is Argo Co-Owner J.P. Karwacki.
John Eric Bennett:
Eric Bennett is a long-time friend of and volunteer for the Argo. He’s (at the time of this recording) an undergraduate student at Concordia University, and he’s been living and writing in Montreal for the last five years, calling London, Ontario home before that.
Born in Montreal in 1987, Jesse Eckerlin grew up in the Outaouais region and the outskirts of Ottawa. His poems and critical work have appeared in the Puritan, the Antigonish Review, Existere and others. Along with his partner Meaghan Acosta and their friend J.P. Karwacki, Jesse took over Montreal’s historical Argo Bookshop in November 2011. May the gods grant its continuation under their steerage.
Kasper is a first-place winner in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Quebec Writing Competition for his short story (that he reads here) ‘Someone Has to Save Us From This’ (available to read through the Montreal-based Maisonneuve magazine). Aside from prose and poems, Kasper is a translator and an editor of Encore Literary Magazine.
Zachariah Wells is a contributing editor for Canadian Notes & Queries, the author of Unsettled (Insomniac Press, 2004), a collection of poetry about the Arctic, and the editor of The Essential Kenneth Leslie (Porcupine’s Quill, 2010). His three Biblioasis titles are the anthology Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets (Biblioasis, 2008), the children’s story Anything But Hank! (Biblioasis, 2008) with Rachel Lebowitz and Eric Orchard, and the poetry collection Track & Trace (Biblioasis, 2009). He lives in Halifax, where he works as a freelance writer and editor and as a passenger rail attendant.