“The collection is a unique glimpse at a diversity of poets, from Ottawa's David O'Meara to Margaret Atwood to the revered P.K. Page.”
—Cormac Rae, Ottawa Xpress

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Reading at Ben McNally Books


Chocolates and love poems! Join Tightrope Books and the Best Canadian Poetry series for a special Valentine's Day reading hosted by Molly Peacock and Jim Nason. The afternoon features a selection of poets from various years of the annual Best Canadian Poetry anthology. Readers include Michael Fraser, Maureen Hynes, Jim Johnstone, Aaron Kreuter, Anita Lahey, Kateri Lanthier, Sonnet L'Abbe, Laura Lush, Ruth Roach Pierson, Moez Surani.

Saturday, February 14, 2:00pm, Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St, Toronto.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Elise Partridge 1958-2015

The Best Canadian Poetry Series is very saddened by the death 2009 and 2012 BCP poet, Elise Partridge. Our condolences to her family and friends. Elise's obituary is available from the Quill & Quire blog. You can read the original journal version of Elise's BCP poem, "Two Cowboys", on the Walrus Magazine site.

Of the poem, Elise wrote: "While walking in downtown Vancouver one day, I caught a glimpse of a man and child, looking like father and son, dressed identically and hurrying along, the father scowling and the boy struggling to keep up. I began this poem after the image kept returning to me over subsequent months."

Elise and her poetry will be greatly missed. Her final collection, The Exiles’ Gallery, is forthcoming from House of Anansi in April 2015. A page dedicated to Elise is here.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Get a sneak peek at the BCP 2014 essays!

Cordite Poetry Review has Sonnet L'Abbé's Best Isn’t a Beauty Contest: How Canadian Poets Demand More of Verse and Anita Lahey's Investigative Poetry: Are Poets the New Reporters? introductory essays from BCP 2014. Read the essays and then get the book!

Best Canadian Poetry Review in the Globe and Mail

"The wide range of writers, forms and themes represented here make it a great jumping-off point for readers who might be interested in Canadian poetry but are unsure about where to start" says Emma Healey in her Globe and Mail review of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014, guest edited by Sonnet L'Abbé. Healey's piece also reviews On Malice the latest book by Ken Babstock, who has been in several editions of BCP.

Friday, December 12, 2014

BCP 2014 Launch Pictures!

BCP 2014 poet Pearl Pirie and her husband, Brian, took some stellar photographs of the Toronto launch at Joy Bistro on November 24. Check them out on flickr.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tamworth ON BCP event!

Jeanette Lynes & Brent Raycroft will be at Robert Wright Books on Sunday December 14, 2014, 2pm. The store says "We will have our wood stove on, but please dress warmly and bring your mittens! Brent Raycroft will be launching Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014, which includes his poem 'S and X.'"

More details here!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Toronto Best Canadian Poetry 2014 Launch

Join Tightrope books, series editors Molly Peacock & Anita Lahey and 2014 guest editor Sonnet L’Abbe in celebrating the Toronto launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014 – the 7th edition of this distinguished annual anthology. The event features readings by a selection of the 2014 edition’s distinguished poets.

Monday, November 24, 7pm, Joy Bistro, 884 Queen St East, Toronto.