Tuesday, February 10

Jim Nason + Kimmy Beach

Jim Nason

Finalist for the CBC Literary Awards in both Poetry and Fiction

Jim Nason has  published two novels: The Housekeeping Journals (Turnstone) and I Thought I Would Be Happy (Tightrope), as well as a short story collection, The Girl on the Escalator (Tightrope).  His poems, essays and stories have been published in literary journals across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 & 2010.  He has recently published his fourth collection of poetry, Music Garden, with Frontenac House. Jim has been a Finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both the fiction and poetry categories.  He has been a guest author at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; the Bryant Park, New York, Poet’s Festival; and, the Thin Air Literary Festival, Winnipeg.

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Kimmy Beach

Featured on CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers

Kimmy Beach's fifth book, The Last Temptation of Bond (The University of Alberta Press, 2013), was chosen as one of the best five poetry books of the year on Quill&Quire's 2013 Readers' Poll. The book was longlisted for the 2013 Alberta Readers' Choice Award, and was featured on CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. Work from her third collection, fake Paul, is anthologized in Newspaper Taxis: Poetry After the Beatles (Seren Press, Wales, 2012). Her second book, Alarum Within: theatre poems, has been adapted as a stage play by both the University of Toronto and Red Deer College. Kimmy has served as Writer-In-Residence for the Parkland Regional Library, The Writers Guild of Alberta, and The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and has facilitated worshops and retreats for Sage Hill Writing Experience, The Writers' Guild of Alberta, The Manitoba Writers' Guild, and The Saskatchewan Writers Guild.  She's currently working on a novella and a collection of prose poems about 1970s romance comics and This is Tom Jones! (1969-1971). 


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