Join David Martin and Kayla Geitzler as they launch their debut poetry books in Calgary!
About David Martin:
David Martin was born and raised in Calgary, where he lives with his wife and children. His poetry has been awarded the CBC Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Vallum Award for Poetry and PRISM international's poetry contest, and published in many journals and magazines across Canada. He is an instructor at The Reading Foundation, one of the organizers for Calgary’s Single Onion poetry reading series, and the frontman for an indie-pop group, The Fragments. His debut book, Tar Swan, is part of the Crow Says Poetry series.
About Tar Swan:
Tar Swan is a multi-voiced reckoning that surveys the mythos of the Alberta oil sands with an approach that is both lyrical and experimental. The poems feature four voices: an oil sands developer, his plant mechanic, an archaeologist excavating the remains of the operation in the present day, and a mythical swan. David Martin’s debut collection is comprised of expansive and richly written poems, built on a lore-laden language, which explore the human and environmental cost of drawing too much from the land. As the three humans come into contact with the otherworldly swan, the voices bubble and churn together, and what is distilled is a psychological breakdown paralleling the toll taken on the earth.
About Kayla Geitzler:
Kayla Geitzler has lived in New Brunswick for most of her life, except for that time when she went away to work on cruise ships, and that other time she went Out West. She inherited an adventurous spirit from a lineage of Norwegian sea captains and an Alsatian farm boy who ran away to become a bodyguard for Napoleon Bonaparte. She holds an MA in English — Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick and currently lives in Moncton, NB, with her shorthaired moustachioed cat and longhaired bearded boyfriend. Her debut poetry book, That Light Feeling Under Your Feet, is part of the Crow Said Poetry series.
About That Light Feeling Under Your Feet:
That Light Feeling Under Your Feet plunges headfirst into the surreal and slogging world of cruise ship workers. These masterfully crafted poems challenge perpetuating colonial and class relations, as well as the hedonistic lifestyle attributed to the employees of these floating resorts. Kayla Geitzler’s debut collection interprets isolation, alienation, racism, and assimilation into the margins as inevitable consequences for the seafaring workforce of the most profitable sector of the tourism industry.
Exploring the liminal space between labour and leisure, the poems in That Light Feeling Under Your Feet are at once buoyant and weighty, with language that cuts like a keel through the sea.