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Book Launch: Best Canadian Poetry 2021

With Anita Lahey, Souvankham Thammavongsa and many more!

Book Launch: Best Canadian Poetry 2021

With Anita Lahey, Souvankham Thammavongsa and many more!
Anita Lahey
Ian Keteku
John Steffler
Kate Cayley - Photo by Carmen Farrell
M. Travis Lane
Manahil Bandukwala
Phoebe Wang - Photo by Guillaume Morissette
Randy Lundy
Ronna Bloom
Souvankham Thammavongsa - Photo by Sarah Bodri

Join us for a conversation between series editor Anita Lahey and guest editor Souvankham Thammavongsa and live poetry from many of the contributors.


“This is a book,” writes guest editor Souvankham Thammavongsa, “about what I saw and read and loved, and want you to see and read and love.” Selected from work published by Canadian poets in magazines and journals in 2020,  Best Canadian Poetry 2021  gathers the poems Thammavongsa loved most over a year’s worth of reading, and draws together voices that “got in and out quickly, that said unusual things, that were clear, spare, and plain, that made [her] laugh out loud … the voices that barely ever survive to make it onto the page.” From new work by Canadian icons to thrilling emerging talents, this year’s anthology offers fifty poems for you to fall in love with as well.


Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.


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