March 21, 2010

Canarium Books Reading Tour

John Beer, Ish Klein, & Paul Killebrew

Sunday, March 21
7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5.00 suggested donation

Established in 2008 and sponsored by the University of Michigan MFA Program in Creative Writing, Canarium Books is dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the United States and abroad. On the Canarium 2010 West Coast reading tour, three poets will read from their new books.

John Beer's first book, The Waste Land and Other Poems, will be published by Canarium Books in April 2010. His work has appeared in Verse, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Crowd, and elsewhere, and he writes on theater for Time Out Chicago. The Waste Land and Other Poems has received rave advance notice from the likes of John Ashbery, Kent Johnson, Lewis Warsh, and others; for those blurbs, and links to interviews, videos, and more, see John's Canarium author page.

Ish Klein is a self-taught film- and puppetmaker who also writes poems. She is an alumna of Columbia University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her book Union! is titled as a nod to the Soyuz spacecraft, used by the Soviets to unite crew members and supplies with orbiting space stations. "Soyuz" is Russian for "union." "I, too, am interested in linking with everything alive," says Klein. "That's the UNION! endeavor." Her poems have been published in Canary, The Hat, and Spork magazines. Her short films can be found on the The Boo! Show.

Paul Killebrew's first book, Flowers, will be published by Canarium Books in March 2010. His chapbook, Forget Rita, was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2003, and Ugly Duckling Presse published another, Inspector vs. Evader, in 2007. John Ashbery has written that Paul "plunges us into a world we inhabit but seldom notice, forcing its horror on us but also reminding us why we go on coping with it." Born and raised in Tennessee, he now lives in Louisiana, where he works as a lawyer at Innocence Project New Orleans