Poetry Reading: Kevin Spenst, Alex Leslie, John Wall Barger

June 29 | Saturday | 7pm
Reading with Kevin Spenst, Alex Leslie, and John Wall Barger
Kevin Spenst’s house: message us for address
Vancouver (West End), BC

Kevin Spenst, a Pushcart Poetry nominee, is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Ward Notes (the serif of nottingham), Flip Flop Faces and Unexpurgated Lives (JackPine Press), and most recently Upend (Frog Hollow Press). His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including Event, the Malahat Review, subTerrain magazine, Prairie Fire, CV2, the Rusty Toque, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2019. He cohosts at Wax Poetic on Vancouver Co-op Radio, co-organizes the Dead Poets Reading Series, and teaches Creative Writing at Vancouver Community College. He lives on unceded Coast Salish territory with the love of his life Shauna Kaendo. 

Alex Leslie’s collection of poems Vancouver for Beginners is forthcoming from Book*hug this fall. Previously, Alex has published two collection of stories and a collection of poems.

John Wall Barger’s poems appear in American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Awl, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. His fourth book, The Mean Game, is coming out with Palimpsest Press in spring 2019. He is an editor for Painted Bride Quarterly.