Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
The Manx Pub370 Elgin St.
5:00pm

Plan 99 Poetry

with Arielle Twist, Matthew Walsh and Cassidy McFadzean
Hosted by David O’Meara

Plan 99 Poetry

with Arielle Twist, Matthew Walsh and Cassidy McFadzean
Hosted by David O’Meara
4
Saturday
May
5:00pm
The Manx Pub
370 Elgin St.
Arielle Twist - Photo by Laurence Philomene
Cassidy McFadzean - Photo by Sarah Bodri
Matthew Walsh

Join us at the Manx as we partner with the Plan 99 Reading Series for a late afternoon of stunning live poetry.

 

In her powerful debut collection, Disintegrate/Dissociate , Arielle Twist unravels the complexities of human relationships after death and metamorphosis. In these spare yet powerful poems, she explores, with both rage and tenderness, the parameters of grief, trauma, displacement and identity. Weaving together a past made murky by uncertainty and a present that exists in multitudes, Arielle Twist poetically navigates through what it means to be an Indigenous trans woman, discovering the possibilities of a hopeful future and a transcendent, beautiful path to regaining softness.

 

In his confessional debut collection, These are not the potatoes of my youth, Matthew Walsh meanders through their childhood in rural Nova Scotia, later roaming across the prairies and through the railway cafés of Alberta to the love letters and graffiti of Vancouver. In this nomadic journey, Walsh explores queer identity set against an ever-changing landscape of what we want, and who we are, were, and came to be.

 

Invoking human-animal hybrids in various stages of metamorphosis, Drolleries, the second collection from Cassidy McFadzean , veers between the beasts of the forest and the opulence of the art gallery. In sonically rich lyric poems that traverse the vulnerability of confession and the dramatic possibilities of persona, Drolleries invokes its monsters as a means of working through internal turmoil, existential doubt, and heartbreak. This collection investigates how the lure of romantic relationships, the enchantments of art, and the seductions of power can be both destructive and transformative—and ultimately become a pathway to self-realization.

 

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs. 

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