rump + flank Launch

Event Date: 
Sep 22, 2021

Join us on September 22, 6pm Mountain Time, to celebrate the launch of Carol Harvey Steski's poetry collection rump + flank, with special guest readers Catherine Graham and Patrick Friesen, followed by a Q&A. The official booksellers are Shelf Life Books and Glass Bookshop. This event will be held on Zoom and will be recorded. Register for the link via Eventbrite. The Zoom link will be emailed to you in the email confirmation from Eventbrite. Email if you have any issues.

About rump + flank:

Carol Harvey Steski’s tenacious and unapologetic debut, rump + flank, explores the body in nature’s many incarnations: human, animal, plant, microbe, even chemical. The result is a fantastical poetic work that sheds light on what bodies—especially female ones—endure, probing the full range of experiences from pleasure and hope to deep loss and trauma.

These poems are piercingly humorous, sexy, and peppered with startling absurdities, but are grounded by an undercurrent of nostalgia (and a soupçon of feminist rage): mercury reproduces like funhouse mirrors, oysters are whole notes dropped into eternal song, cancer is a surly character taking and discarding lovers, a domestic chore turns dark as a mother channels her inner Lady Macbeth. Lush imagery melds with organic rhythms to spawn a visceral experience, a tendon-and-muscle-driven engine that readers can feel racing within their own bodies.

About Carol Harvey Steski:

Carol Harvey Steski grew up under the wide Winnipeg sky. Her poems have been published in the poetry anthology Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, and literary magazines including Room, Prairie Fire, FreeFall, untethered, and Contemporary Verse 2. She won FreeFall's 2019 annual poetry contest and was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Her work was featured in Winnipeg Transit’s “Poetry in Motion” program and tootled around town on buses. As a young-adult survivor of melanoma she has been a guest on CBC Radio-Manitoba speaking about the therapeutic benefits of writing through disease. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter, and works in corporate communications. rump + flank is her debut poetry collection and is a part of the Crow Said Poetry series.