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Late Lunch Launch #1
November 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
On Tuesday, November 15 at 6pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books, and writer RC Weslowski for Late Lunch Launch #1. Weslowski and his peers at Write Bloody North Publishing will offer readings of their latest books: debut poetry collection My Soft Response To The Wars by Weslowski; The Problem With Solitaire by Lucia Misch; and, Divine Animal by Brandon Wint.
In celebration of these new and fascinating literary works, Late Lunch Launch #1 will offer an intimate conversation between the authors—who will also be available to sign books.
Registration by-donation, open to all and mandatory for entrance.
Venue & Accessibility
The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
Registration is free, open to all and mandatory for entrance. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.
Covid Protocols: Attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.
RC Weslowski is the 2021 Zaccheus Jackson Nyce Memorial Award Winner and The 2016 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award Winner. RC is a 2 time World Cup of Poetry Slam Finalist and cohosted the radio program Wax Poetic on Co Op Radio for over 20 years. RC is the Artistic Director for Hullabaloo: The BC Youth Spoken Word Festival. RC’s first collection of poetry “My Soft Response to the Wars” is available now from Write Bloody North Publishing www.writebloodynorth.ca
Lucia Misch is a writer, performer and facilitator raised on unceded Muwekma Ohlone territory and currently residing on stolen Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh land. Their work has appeared on hundreds of stages at home and abroad, been published in journals including Arc and Room Magazine, and anthologized in Alive At The Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan Press, 2011). Lucia’s first collection of poetry, The Problem With Solitaire, was released by Write Bloody North in 2020.
Brandon Wint is a poet, spoken word artist, educator and emerging musician based in western Canada. For more than a decade, Brandon has been a sought-after touring performer, educator and collaborator. He has shared his work internationally, including in festivals and showcases in Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and Jamaica. His poetry has also been published in The Puritan, Arc Poetry Magazine and Write Magazine, among others. He is currently the artistic director of Tree Reading Series. His debut collection of poetry is Divine Animal (Write Bloody North, 2020)
My Soft Response To The Wars is the debut poetry collection from Canadian Poetry Slam Champion, RC Weslowski. With a clown’s eye and a trickster’s lip these poems work to rewrite the trauma of childhood sexual abuse with the scissors of surrealism and absurdity. Love and how to survive its loss and transform it into something we can carry forward no matter how wretched, weird and ridiculous it may seem in the aftermath of betrayal is the driving principle in all these poems.
The Problem With Solitaire considers the question: when we play against ourselves, who wins? with curiosity, compassion, and a stubborn refusal to flinch. From possible apocalypse to the all-night pie diner—from the moon landing, to memory, to the cat’s take on death— Lucia Misch’s poetry travels through landscapes actual, internal, and imagined with unorthodox insight and wit. Biography, body, meaning, depression, power, grief, self-determination, and disaster are just some of the themes that ride shotgun.
Divine Animal is the debut poetry book by celebrated, Ontario-born poet and spoken word performer Brandon Wint. The collection is an elegant, expansive mapping of Brandon Wint’s relationship to the legacy and wake of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, as one of its living, Black descendants. The Atlantic ocean is figured as both a historical site and diasporic metaphor from which to explore the complex journeys and negotiations that brought his family to Canada from Jamaica and Barbados.
Donating to Massy Arts Society
Have you noticed our by donation ticket option? Massy Arts Society is primarily funded by Massy Books, an Indigenous woman-owned and operated bookstore on the unceded territories of XwMuthkwium (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We’re now providing the option for folks to contribute to keeping our events accessible and doors open. All proceeds from your donation will go towards operation costs of our community hub while we focus on supporting the practices of Indigenous and over-excluded artists. Consider donating when you register for your next event.