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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.
Since 1997, ChiZine has been the home to the weirdest, most surreal, and darkest Canadian science fiction and fantasy. Ian Keeling, Jason Taniguchi, and David Clink read from some of ChiZine’s latest publications: poetry, short story collections, and novels filled with invisible fairies, sea monsters, and shapeshifters.
This is speculative poetry at its best. Found in these pages are award winners and finalists: A sea monster tells his story; The Perfect Library; A City of Buried Rivers; The Machine. Poems go beyond monsters and time travel and post-apocalyptic visions. There is heart here, a love of family (no matter how strange that family may be), ghosts, a seance, shape shifters, a dragon made of words, an insect caught between dimensions and a road that can feel your every footfall. Every poem is a journey beyond, a slice of another reality that lets us see our own existence in a different way.
David’s poetry has appeared in over 50 journals and 20 anthologies. He has two collections published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008) and Monster (2010). He edited an anthology of environmental poetry called: A Verdant Green (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2010). His third collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, was published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in 2012. In 2014, Piquant Press launched David’s speculative poetry chapbook, If the World were to Stop Spinning.
Live Fast, Die Fast. We Are The Program.
They’re called the Skids. They’ve got three-eyes, tank treads and a bucket-full of attitude. They play the games and the few that don’t get vaped in the first weeks still die at five years old. Game over, thanks for playing. Johnny Drop’s the best skid the Skidsphere’s seen in generations, but he won’t get to enjoy it. Because his world is going to die.
And then Johnny’s going to learn that the universe is larger than he ever dreamed.
Ian Donald Keeling is an odd, loud little man who acts a little, writes a little, and occasionally grows a beard. His short fiction and poetry have previously appeared in Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Grain. He’s on the faculty for sketch and improv at Second City in Toronto and likes all forms of tag and cheese. His first novel, The Skids, will be published in autumn 2016 by Chizine Publications.
Why hello, dear reader. You have in your hands a copy of Jason Taniguchi’s Very Sensible Stories and Poems for Grown Persons, which just may be the most singular artifact of our times. Yes, it contains some fine stories. Yes, it also provides some pleasing poetry. But that’s not all: already there are powerful forces at work upon you. These forces are even now meddling with your mind, nudging your neurons, sidling up to your spirit, so that you are saying to yourself, “Hmm! This looks like just the sort of unconventional book I’ve been looking for!
These are stories and poems. You are a grown person. Why not do the sensible thing?
Jason Taniguchi is a writer and actor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His poems and short fiction appear in the collection Jason Taniguchi’s Very Sensible Stories and Poems for Grown-ups from Kelp Queen Press. He has also both written for and appeared in the History Television series History Bites. Taniguchi is known for his one-man science fiction parody shows at Ad Astra, for which he received the 2003 Prix Aurora Award in the category Fan (Other). Jason is a graduate of the University of Toronto Schools and Trinity College in the University of Toronto.