Candace de Taeye Book Launch

Vocamus Press is celebrating the launch of our autumn poetry title, Candace de taeye’s Small Planes and the Dead Fathers of Lovers, with an evening of poetry, music, and drinks at the eBar (41 Quebec Street) on Thursday, November 10, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The night will include poetry by three poets from Brick Books – Nora Gould (reading from Selah), Genevieve Lehr (reading from Stomata), and Angeline Schellenberg (reading from Tell Them It Was Mozart). Hymns 57 will provide music.

Candace de Taeye’s poetry has been published in CV2, Carousel, Echolocation, and Joypuke. Her first chapbook Roe was published by PSGuelph.

Small Planes and the Dead Fathers of Lovers, explores with wit and sincerity ideas of family, relationship, and home. Beginning with poems of movement and travel, the book develops diverse and wide-ranging meditations on what it means to be at home in a place, to grow into it, and also eventually to leave it.

Nora Gould‘s debut poetry collection, I see my love more clearly from a distance (Brick Books, 2012), was winner of the 2013 Robert Kroetsch Edmonton Book Prize and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (Writers Guild of Alberta); it was also shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Awards.

Selahis a sequence of fragments written in dialogue with all of the meanings of the word selah – to praise, to lift up, to weigh in the balances, to pause, or a purely musical notation. Stitched together, these fragments form a poem that runs from the ranch land of Alberta into the heart of a shared house and a shared life.

Genevieve Lehr‘s poetry has been published in many literary journals, both in Canada and abroad. She is the author of the chapbook The Design of Wings (Running the Goat Press, St. John’s NL, 2004), and her debut collection was The Sorrowing House (Brick Books, 2004).

Stomata, her second collection, asks that language shoulder loss, that it reach out centrifugally, at full metaphorical stretch, calling upon all its narrative and lyric resources to be adequate to human tragedy.

Angeline Schellenberg’s poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire, CV2, TNQ, Rhubarb, Room, Geez, Wordgathering, Lemon Hound, and The Society, as well as in anthologies. Her first chapbook, Roads of Stone (The Alfred Gustav Press), was released in May 2015. Her poetry won third prize in the 2014 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest and was shortlisted for Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2015 Poem of the Year.

Through public judgments, detouring dreams and unspoken prayers, Tell Them It Was Mozart, Angeline Schellenberg’s debut collection, traces both a slow bonding and the emergence of a defiant humour. This is a book that keens and cherishes, a work full of the earthiness and transcendence of mother-love.

Steve de taeye of Hymns 57 is a musician, a music programmer at CFRU 93.3 FM, and music peddler at The Beat Goes On. The Hymns 57 project explores ambient electronic loop and pedal based psychedelic soundscapes.