Thurs, July 26th (6pm – 7pm) | Main gallery, TAP Centre for Creativity (203 Dundas Street, London)
Stevie Howell is an Irish-Canadian writer, critic, and editor whose first collection of poetry, ^^^^^^ [Sharps], was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Their poetry has appeared in publications in the US (including BOAAT, Prelude, and Gigantic Sequins), in Canada (including Hazlitt, The Walrus, and Maisonneuve), and overseas (including The Rialto, The Moth, and Southword). They have written literary criticism for The Rumpus, Ploughshares, and The Globe and Mail. Stevie is the poetry editor at THIS Magazine.
“If you mend a broken bowl with a seam of gold, then the fracture becomes more precious than the bowl itself. Stevie Howell’s poems are that sort of precious. Stevie’s voice is funny, in a dark, tragic, self-conscious sort of way. Restless, in a wise, far-reaching sort of way. Beautiful, in a broken sort of way. I return to them again and again.” —Nick Flynn, author of My Feelings
Síle Englert is a poet, fiction writer, and visual artist from London, Ontario. Her stories have been shortlisted and longlisted in Room Magazine and Prism International’s fiction contests. Her poetry has placed second in CV2’s 2-Day Poem Contest and been featured in journals such as Room and Crannóg (Ireland) and in the anthologies Ascent Aspirations and Saving Bannister.
Tending toward both the disturbing and the whimsical, Síle Englert’s written work wanders the haunted spaces between the literary and fantasy. As writer Cathy Greentree (aka The Internet’s Mom) writes, “Síle’s stories treat time like a barbed arrow, dragging all the viscera of the past, still steaming, into the future. Her poems expose the sharp things hidden in murky waters and the hard knots inside the softest embrace.”