Review of A Map of Rain Days by Ivy Reiss of The Artis Magazine

Review of A Map of Rain Days by Ivy Reiss of The Artis Magazine

Jennifer Hosein’s poetry is relevant, emotional, evocative, and beautiful. Jennifer’s poetry shows us what it’s like to be a person of colour in Canada without allowing identity to overshadow poetic craft. Her work combines the power of short story with the music of poetry, invoking the ubiquitous human experiences of losing people we love and finding our place in the world. Jennifer Hosein’s debut collection A Map of Rain Days at once illustrates the commonality and alienation that is characteristic of contemporary existence. We know Jennifer as a visual artist, now it is time to meet her as a poet.

—Ivy Reiss, The Artis magazine, Sept 02nd 2020.

Guernica Editions’ virtual fall launch

Guernica Editions’ virtual fall launch

Every day during #GuernicaVirtualLaunch we’ll be introducing a new author and book from our Fall 2020 list. Content can be viewed across all our social media — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
A Map of Rain Days by Jennifer Hosein will be introduced on Friday, September 11th at 12 noon.
✨ We’re offering FREE SHIPPING on all our Fall 2020 books! Email michaelmirolla@guernicaeditions.com to purchase ✨
Each purchase made between September 1st – 9th will be considered in the draw for Guernica’s Virtual Launch Prize + Guernica tote bag.
Winners will be announced during our (free) Launch Closing Party
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 3:30 PM | Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652986577
Brandon Pitts’ recommendation for A Map of Rain Days

Brandon Pitts’ recommendation for A Map of Rain Days

I’ve decided to break my long social media silence to share this with you because poetic masterpieces are rare. A poet is lucky to have even one in a career. The first poem, “I Love You”, in @jennifer.hosein_poet.painter first collection of poems, “A Map Of Rain Days,” is quite a masterpiece. Each time I’ve been exposed to it, I’ve experienced it with awe, joy, and envy. Envy because I wish I had written it.
As for the rest of the collection, it is extremely consistent in its strength. Each poem is perfectly executed, and is a testament to the poet’s talent. Guernica has done a fine job in presenting this exceptional artist’s poetic statement for mass consumption. Buy this book!
 
       — Brandon Pitts, author of Tender in the Age of Fury and In the Company of Crows, September 2, 2020
Project 40 Collective: Creator to Creator Interview, Doyali Islam

Project 40 Collective: Creator to Creator Interview, Doyali Islam

Doyali Islam; photo: Sanchuri Sur

Here’s the latest Creator to Creator interview from Project 40 Collective, featuring the poet Doyali Islam talking about her creative career, what draws her to poetry, inspiration, current themes, and her favorite noodle.

Her poetry makes me look at everything that I have known, that I see, that I imagine, and see beauty and meaning in them. Her poems pick you up and set you down in places and times: to the door where the cat crouches in cat and door, to her mother’s “cramped mustard kitchen,” to Yugoslavia in 1944, to the South Hebron hills. Her poems influence me to write and to observe! I am humbled by her writing.

Read through to the very end to read her thoughts on my art.

Project 40 Collective: Creator to Creator interview

Project 40 Collective: Creator to Creator interview

Creator to Creator: Jennifer Hosein

 

I am honoured to be a part of Project 40 Collective‘s Creator to Creator series. In the August 10, 2017 issue, I am interviewed by Mirae Lee about my artistic life and process. Following the interview, I answer questions about one of my favourite Asian-Canadian poets, Doyali Islam.

Doyali’s poems make you see the beauty and meaning in everything. They pick you up and set you down in places and times: to the door where the cat crouches, to her mother’s “cramped mustard kitchen,” to Yugoslavia in 1944, to the South Hebron hills. For more, visit her website  https://doyalifarahislam.com/

Painting Angels, part 3

Painting Angels, part 3

The first angel was an accident. In my darkest time, the angels that followed were like the work I’d done years before, of demons and almost-humans that reflected my life and observations and what came to me in the night.

Then it came time to put the darkness away. I began to paint angels that would keep watch over us. Now I believe in Happy. I think that if you believe, you can find it.