Rise Book Launch

Vocamus Press is celebrating the launch of our spring poetry title, Andrea Perry’s Rise, with an evening of poetry, music, and drinks at the eBar (41 Quebec Street) on Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Fellow Guelph poet, John Nyman will also launch his new book of poetry, Players (Palimpsest Press), that evening. The night will include poetry readings by the A, Collective and by Allison LaSorda from her book, Playdate. Ruth Anna Lindemeir will provide music on the zither.

Andrea Perry has a BA in English Literature an an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Ottawa, she now lives in Guelph. She writes poetry and fiction.

Rise is poetry that maintains a fierce and unflinching hope in the midst of the world’s fracture and dislocation. It looks fixedly at social, political, and environmental violence, but never falters in its insistence that other ways of being are possible, that moments of true relation and wholeness might be found, even if only in unexpected ways.

John Nyman’s verse, conceptual poetry, visual poems, and poetics have appeared in various print and online publications, including Rampike, (parenthetical), Cordite Poetry Review, and Hamilton Arts and Letters. Originally from Toronto, John lives in Guelph.

Staged in an urban dreamscape, Players fuses popular culture with narratives about hand-to-hand combat, how to hustle, and high art. Taking lyrical cues from hip-hop, Nyman’s poetry bends genre expectations, unravelling with a flow that’s both unique and engaging.

Allison LaSorda is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. Her poetry and criticism has recently appeared in The National Post, Brick, A Literary Journal, The Fiddlehead, and [PANK].

The poems in Playdate are both aloof and intense. Featuring occultish pop-culture allusions and dry humour, this chapbook speaks to contemporary anxieties around innocence and influence

The &, Collective is an experimental poetry collective / workshop focused on editing, collaboration, and setting a fire under the ass of Guelph’s growing lit community. They have released several books through Publication Studio Guelph, including Warehouse Zone by Zane Koss and Roe by Candace de Taeye, and some collaborative projects.

Ruth Anna Lindemeir started to play the Zither at the age of ten as a member of the Zither Club in Heusenstamm, Germany. Since emigrating to Canada, she has performed at the Chateau Lake Louise in Lake Louise, AB, in North Dakota, USA, at many cultural events in Winnipeg and surrounding areas, and at the Christkindl Market in Kitchener, ON for six consecutive years. As part of Die Heimatquelle, she played at the Folklorama festival in Winnipeg, MB for 12 years. She also performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2003 under Conductor Andrey Boreyko.

Ruth Anna has recorded Adult Contemporary music with a band called The Myth, which resulted in the independent release of an album titled Dream Harbour.

Most recently, in 2015, she has been the Zither consultant to Hannah John-Kamen, lead actress of the Canadian Sci-Fi TV-series Killjoys.