I had a whirlwind adventure in March reading in Montréal, Washington DC and New York, teaching at Concordia University, panelling at NeMLA in Baltimore and researching at the MHSO Archive in Toronto. Thanks to Drawn & Quarterly, Solas Nua, the Hillyer Art Space & Bluestockings Bookstore for hosting the readings, Karen Harte for designing the posters, and my pals who shared various couches, air mattresses, meals, drinks and hours with me.
Most excitingly(!!!!), I signed with BookThug in Toronto for my first collection, Where the Mile End. Dreamtimes! Looking forward to working on the manuscript over the next 18 months (and finishing my PhD...). Be grand!
Another rad part of the trip was meeting so many fantastic poets. I got to read with Canadian poets, Sarah Burgoyne, Erin Robinsong, Jessi MacEachern and Claire Farley, and American poets, Wendy Barnes, Red Washburn and Jean Lee. There was also the monumental moment of Claudia Rankine's reading in Montréal, and catching Lisa Robertson at Knife Fork Book in Toronto. Knife Fork Book are carrying some copies of my pamphlet now, too! Also, got to hang out with some BookThug label-mates after that reading :)
I celebrated my birthday in every city I went to (at least twice). And had many informative conversations about Foucault and Affect Theory with Claire Farley on trains and bunk beds. We probably should have just had a drink instead...
Catch me in April, north and south:
Thursday, 27 April, UCD presents Poetry Day, Reading with Siobhan Campbell, Julie Morrissy, Paul Perry, Grace Wilentz, Nerys Williams & more, J208, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, 1:00 pm
Saturday, 29 April, IAAS Conference Reading with Kathleen McCracken, Julie Morrissy & Grace Wilentz, Ulster University, Belfast Campus, 1:30pm
Sunday, 30 April, Cross-Atlantic Reading with Gregory Betts, Tanis MacDonald, Christodoulos Makris, Julie Morrissy, Sue Rainsford & Erin Wunker, Devitt's Pub, Camden Street, Dublin, 7pm