Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Jeff Latosik

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Jeff Latosik’s first book, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, was published in Spring 2010. His work has been published in magazines and journals across the country. He is a recipient of the P.K. Page Founder’s Award for 2007 and was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace award for 2009.

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The Proust Questionnaire, with Jeff Latosik

Jeff Latosik is Open Book's March 2011 Writer in Residence. In his answer to the Proust Questionnaire, Jeff tells us his greatest extravagance, his current state of mind and more.

The Proust Questionnaire was not invented by Marcel Proust, but it was a much loved game by the French author and many of his contemporaries. The idea behind the questionnaire is that the answers are supposed to reveal the respondent's "true" nature.


What is your dream of happiness? Being surrounded by musical instruments. What is your idea of misery? Being surrounded by front men.

Tiny, Frantic, Stronger

By Jeff Latosik

In Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, Jeff Latosik considers states of durability and longevity in an age of ephemeral mores and instant gratification. Probing the pressure points where notions of physical, psychological and technological strength continually threaten to erupt into their opposites, these poems ask which aspects of our daily lives might actually last beyond the here and now, beyond their own inherent limitations of time, person and place.

For more information about Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, please visit the Insomniac Press website.

Recent Writer In Residence Posts

Carving Out New Territory: Robert Earl Stewart Discusses Campfire Radio Rhapsody

In this interview, I talk to Robert Earl Stewart (Something Burned Along the Southern Border) about his follow-up collection Campfire Radio Rhapsody. Stewart is also gracious to let me include one of my favourite poems from the last collection and offers a backstory for the poem as well as a description of how he went about writing it.

Surreal but also personable; dark but also always wise and humane, Stewart is an important voice.



JL: Thanks for doing this interview, Robert.

Entry 7: James Langer and Joshua Trotter

Joshua Trotter

Books: All This Could Be Yours (Biblioasis, 2010)

Cred: Widespread publication.

Relevance: With a title that could be equally at home in a modern advertisement, Trotter shows us from the get-go two of his chief selling points: a tongue and cheek playfulness and a gift for aphorism that's -- and this is the trick with aphorism -- always perfectly timed. Trotter's lines are charged in a way the reveals a deeply studied but also deeply committed mind--to not only poetic tradition (along with a fierce intelligence), but to the complicated world. There is no speaking from on-high, no capital P poetics, and no straining for profundity in Trotter's aesthetic universe.

Volcanology and Turntables: Catching up with a.rawlings

In this interview, I catch up with a.rawlings and discuss her fascinating range of interests. Her debut book Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists was included in a previous posting as a poetry book of note, regardless of its debut status.

As you'll see, rawlings is unique in her broad range of interests and expertise in the areas of sound, voice, and ecology.

I've included some links here to follow rawlings. She refers to two images in the interview, both of which are attached.


Entry 6: Robert Earl Stewart and Peter Norman

Peter Norman

Books: At the Gates of the Theme Park (Mansfield, 2010)

Cred: Norman's work has appeared in Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets and The Best Canadian Poetry for 2008 and 2009.

Entry 5: Leigh Nash and Angela Rawlings

Leigh Nash

Books: Goodbye, Ukulele (Mansfield Press, 2010)

Cred: Nash is unique for being so thoroughly immersed in all aspects of publishing culture. She has published in print and online journals for a number of years but is also the co-founder of the chapbook press The Emergency Response Unit with Andrew Faulkner. She is also an executive member of the Scream Festival and works as publishing assistant at Couch House books.

Make it New: An Interview with Sachiko Murakami

In this interview, I catch up with poet Sachiko Murakami as she discusses her fantastic upcoming book Rebuild due out in fall 2011 from Talonbooks.
Those poets in my roughly under 30 generation (and others, of course) will remember Murakami's GG nominated debut The Invisibility Exhibit as an important book that signaled a bright new talent. Only 3 years later, Murakami has avoided the sophomore slump altogether by delivering on all the promise of TIE with Rebuild.

Entry 4: Sachiko Murakami and Michael Eden Reynolds

Michael Eden Reynolds

Books: Slant Room (Porcupine's Quill 2009)

Cred: Reynolds has won several high profile awards such as the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and the John Haines Award for Poetry. He was a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards (2005) and the Bronwen Wallace award (2006). His work was anthologized in the Best of Canadian Poetry (2008).

Earworms and Entertainment: An Interview with Nick Thran

In this interview, Nick Thran discusses his highly anticipated 2nd poetry collection Earworm (Nightwood Editions, 2011). We discuss the impetus behind the book's curious title and Thran is gracious in allowing me to discuss two poems (links included) that have had lasting reverberations among poets and poetry enthusiasts in the past several years.

His answers are thoughtful yet unpretentious. Slowly asserting itself in Thran's work and demeanour is an assured moral compass that makes him, above all, feel uniquely genuine. Enjoy.


Entry 3: Jeramy Dodds and Nick Thran

Jeramy Dodds

Books: Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books, 2008)

Cred: Get your green goggles ready. Dodds won the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and CBC Literary award in 2007. CTTH won the 2009 Trillium award and was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert and the Griffin Award.

Lives Aren't Stories: An Interview with Jacob Mcarthur Mooney

In this interview, Jake Mooney discusses his highly anticipated upcoming book "Folk" (M&S 2011) and offers bold, stirring responses as we talk about his memories of the Swiss Air 11 crash (the tragedy that threads the book together) his shifting concept of a reading audience, the poetry book as a commercial object, and finally what the future holds for one of our finest under 30 poets.


JL: Jake, your book “Folk” was recently identified as a highly anticipated upcoming release by the National Post. The article says that the book is "partly about the Swiss Air 11 crash off the coast of Peggy’s Cove in 1998." Is there anything you'd like to add to this?

Entry 2: Michael Lista and Jacob McArthur Mooney

Michael Lista

Book(s): Bloom (House of Anansi, 2010)

Cred: Widespread publication in literary journals. One of a handful of poets who placed a debut book with Anansi (Ken Babstock and Karen Houle being the others of the past while?). Bloom was snubbed from the longlist for Governor General contention, but I predict it to make an appearance on at least two other major lists this year (the Trillium and Lampert for sure).

Long Ago Burned Into Your Brain: An Interview With Damian Rogers

In this interview Damian speaks about the brand new Griffin initiative Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, her earliest memory of poetry, the aesthetic affinity she feels with popular music, and finally her new work.

Her answers are generous, articulate, and insightful. Enjoy.

JL: Damian it strikes me that you've been quite busy since the launch of Paper Radio. I'm wondering if, firstly, you could tell me a bit about the project you're working on Poetry in Voice and where you are at in the process.

Entry 1: Damian Rogers and Jason Guriel

Damian Rogers

Books: Paper Radio (ECW 2009)

Cred: Ask around. Rogers’ debut Paper Radio has been garnering praise from a long list of poets and poetry enthusiasts. She has published widely in widely read magazines (Maisonneueve, The Walrus, Brick etc.) and Paper Radio (a debut) was nominated for the Relit Award and Pat Lowther Award.

Hello and Welcome: What I’ll Be Doing Here in March

Hello everyone and welcome.

I’m very happy to be the writer in residence for March here on Openbook, and in this post I’d like to give you some indication of a larger project I’d like to complete during my time here. As an aficionado of aggregate websites such as metacritic and allmusic/allmovie, I’ve always felt that a similar sort of categorical tool was missing from literature (GoodReads is the closest thing I can think of, though different). So I’d like to do something like that – as an archival tool, a general interest time-killer, or a send-off point for curious beginners.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.