A special Couplets / Tingfest* crossover event!
Thurs, April 26th, 6pm – 7pm | TAP (The ARTS Project), main gallery | 203 Dundas Street, London
Jim Johnstone is a Toronto-based poet, editor, and critic. He’s the author of four previous books of poetry—Dog Ear (Véhicule, 2014), Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope, 2011), Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010), and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica, 2008)—and the subject of the critical monograph Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone by Shane Neilson and Jason Guriel. He’s also the winner of several awards, including a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Poetry’s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. Currently, Johnstone curates the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press and is an associate editor at Representative Poetry Online.
Praised for its darkly psychological accounts of extreme experiences, Jim Johnstone’s fifth book of poems, The Chemical Life, explores his most difficult terrain to date: mental illness and addiction. Like Coleridge’s opium dreams, Johnstone’s narratives are hallucinatory, coloured by his use of both prescription and recreational drugs. Returning often to the notion of rival realities—“in everything, there is a second state”—Johnstone is brilliantly disruptive and disorientating; a poet whose savagely austere forms, electrically precise images, and keyed-up rhythms reveal an obsession with the mind-altering properties of language itself.
Megan Arnold (b. 1993, Calgary, AB) is a multifaceted human being best known for her work as Megan Arnold (cartoonist), Shhh (minimal electronic mope pop musician), and Crybaby Kiki (drag fag). Significant achievements include winning the title of prom queen in 2011, graduating with a BFA from Western University in 2015, and participating in the April 2018 installment of the Couplets collaborative poetry series.
The Nihilist Dog Walks Away From Home Demo is both a standalone minicomic and a teaser for the forthcoming Nihilist Dog Walks Away From Home, the first full-length comic from writer/artist duo Maverick Summers and Megan Arnold.
*Celebrating its fifth year, the Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival (Tingfest) is a three-week festival presented by The ARTS Project, from April 17 to May 5. Named after London’s famed editorial cartoonist Merle ‘Ting’ Tingley, Tingfest honours his work while showcasing today’s comic and graphic artists from across Southwestern Ontario. Tingfest centres around an art exhibition and free programming, providing a unique forum for artists to share their latest work and engage with the community.