An exhibition of poetry
Featuring the work of Michael Casteels, Sadiqa de Meijer, Steve Heighton, Helen Humphreys, and Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, Skeleton Park presents an art exhibit of poetry. The poets’ work is transformed into a visual presentation, designed and printed by Kingston graphic designer (and friend of the fest!) Vincent Perez of Everlovin Press.
The exhibit will hang at the Elm Café (303 Montreal Street) from September to December, with an opening reading event on September 29th from 3-5PM with live music by Dave Barton and Paul Morrison. This reception is a co-presentation with Kingston WritersFest.
About the poets:
Michael e. Casteels is the author of over a dozen chapbooks of poetry. His first full-length collection of poetry The Last White House at the End of the Row of White Houses was published 2016 by Invisible Publishing. He lives in Kingston, Ontario where he runs Puddles of Sky Press.
Helen Humphreys is a poet, novelist and creative non-fiction writer. She is currently Poet Laureate for the City of Kingston.
For Sadiqa de Meijer, the Skeleton Park neighbourhood is solid ground for dreaming of elsewhere – of landscapes held in memory, in books, or in her child’s palms. She has learned volumes from the wonderful community of local writers. Her poems have appeared in Poetry
Magazine and on the Toronto Poetry Map, and were awarded the CBC Poetry Prize. Her first book, Leaving Howe Island, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award.
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of the poetry books Status Update (2013), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert award winning Sweet Devilry (2011). She has been widely anthologized in such collections as Best Canadian Poetry 2013,
Poet-to- Poet (2013), and the Newborn Anthology (2014). She is also the editor of the poetry collection, Desperately Seeking Susans (2013).
Sarah is also a children’s writer of picture books, non-fiction, and young adult fiction. Her children’s work has been published and translated internationally, and her titles include A Flock of Shoes, The Stone Hatchlings, The Night Children, Breathing Fire, and the forthcoming Sugar and Snails and Toesy Toes.
Steven Heighton‘s most recent books are the Governor General’s Award-winning poetry collection The Waking Comes Late and a novel, The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep. His 2006 novel Afterlands is now in pre-production for film. Heighton is also a fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review. He has lived in the Skeleton Park neighbourhood for over twenty years.