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Hamilton Poetry Centre presents Rob Taylor
November 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, November 23, 2017, 7:15 start
Reading Room at Bryan Prince Bookseller
1060 King Street West, Hamilton
Free, everyone welcome.
To register for the open mic portion of the evening arrive by 7pm.
The Hamilton Poetry Centre welcomes Rob Taylor.
Rob Taylor was born and raised in Port Moody, BC, and lives in Vancouver with his wife and son. He is the author of two books of poetry: The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) and The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011). In 2017, The News was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and in 2010 the manuscript for The Other Side of Ourselves won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Rob has also published five poetry chapbooks.
Rob’s poems, short stories and essays have appeared in more than fifty journals and anthologies, and have won multiple awards. In 2014 he was named one of the inaugural writers-in-residence at the Al Purdy A-frame, and in 2015 he received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts, as an emerging artist.
In 2004 he co-founded Simon Fraser University’s student poetry zine High Altitude Poetry, and in 2007 he co-founded One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first online poetry magazine. He was also the poetry editor at Red Fez from 2007 – 2010, and the poetry editor at PRISM international in 2014-15. Rob has run a blog devoted to Canadian (especially Vancouver) poetry, Roll of Nickels, since 2006.
In 2011 Rob was part of the team that “resurrected” Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series, which he still coordinates today. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of the Fraser Valley.
The News: The news can mean many things, but first and foremost in this collection the news is Were having a baby! Starting in the fifth week of his wife’s pregnancy, Rob Taylor wrote a poem every week as they travelled toward their child’s birth. His poems anticipate the astonishing and yet commonplace beginning of a human life, but they also explore how a baby’s arrival streams into both the incessant chatter of the worlds daily news and into that other sort of news that literature carries what Ezra Pound called news that stays news.