An Evening with Colin Smith

Friday, October 8, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Archived

Atrium, Online, Youtube, McNally Robinson - Grant Park, 1120 Grant Avenue

Join us for an evening celebrating Colin Smith’s Permanent Carnival Time (ARP Books) with guest Cam Scott. Featuring readings and a conversation. Presented as part of THIN AIR 2021 in partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers.

An Evening with Colin Smith will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

“I’d rather have a transorbital lobotomy / Than a transnational economy.”

In his latest book of poetry, Colin Smith’s droll humour and meticulous control of language are metered out to explore the stakes of pain and the pain of folly. Language plays throughout the text, bringing a blithe tone to dark matters, and evoking fruitful tensions for the reader. Scattered topics of climate change, labour disputes, war, and massive inequities within cities are encountered by a voice that seems to scorn humanity as much as it delights in human language. Permanent Carnival Time is laugh-out-loud language poetry.

Colin Smith is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Multiple Poses (Tsunami Editions), 8 x 8 x 7 (KRUPSKAYA), and Multiple Bippies (CUE Books). With Ted Landrum, Steven Ross Smith, and Jennifer Still, he is part of Eccentric Crops, a collaborative poem-making group. Their first chapbook, Table for Four, was published by JackPine Press. He has a BFA in creative writing from York University and is a past member of the Kootenay School of Writing. He lives in Treaty 1 Winnipeg, occupied Anishinaabe akiing, traditional Métis Homeland.

Cam Scott is a poet, critic, and non-musician from Treaty 1 territory. He is author of WRESTLERS, a visual suite; ROMANS/SNOWMARE, poetry; and VANISHING SIGNS, a collection of essays forthcoming from ARP Books in 2022. Scott is artistic director of send + receive: a festival of sound.