Events and Publications
April 6, 2021: A Map of Rain Days long listed for the League of Canadian Poets 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award
The Tartan Turban Secret Readings, April 29, 2021
I will be a featured reader along with Joseph Dandurand, Bardia Sinaee, Shane Book, and Isabell Zhu in this event curated by Kateri Lanthier.
Saturday, April 24 is Indie Bookstore Day! Independent bookstores across Canada will host activities and the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association is running an awesome contest. Buy books for your chance to win exciting prizes, such as a Paint Night with Jennifer Hosein.
Conspiracy of 3 Reading Series, April 13, 2021
I will be a featured reader along with fellow Guernica Editions author, Antonio D’Alfonso.
Poets’ 5 à 7
Thanks to my publisher, Guernica Editions, for pairing me with poet Tyler Pennock for this interview series. Plus I got to make a new friend and read Tyler’s brilliant book, Bones, published by Brick Books in 2020.
Poets Corner: One Minute Poem, February 26, 2021
The Art Bar Poetry Series, November 24, 2020
I got to read at The Art Bar again (virtually)! On November 24, 2020, I was a featured poet along with Michael Penny. I read from my book, A Map of Rain Days. Watch the video here.
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Interview with Valentino Assenza on Howl, CIUT 89.5 FM
I am going to be interviewed about my new book, A Map of Rain Days, on October 13 at 10:00 p.m. EST by Valentino Azzenza on HOWL radio. This is going to be fun!
Guernica Launch Closing Party
On September 13, 2020, the authors launched by Guernica Editions in September got to read from their books at the virtual closing party. (You can find me at 18:00 minutes into the video.)
Author Interview on ThatChannel.com
My first book interview! Bhupinder Gill interviewed me on September 2, the day after my book, A Map of Rain Days, was launched, for her show, Connection is Key, on ThatChannel.com.
A Map of Rain Days virtual book launch, September 1, 2020
I am thrilled to announce that my collection of poetry, A Map of Rain Days, published by Guernica Editions, launches online today!
Guernica 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
A Song & Poetry Salon, November 10, 2019 at the Tranzac Club
I had the pleasure of reading poetry at Glen Hornblast’s Song & Poetry Salon with some wonderful poets and singer-songwriters. Poet Ivy Reiss and I had a blast performing my poem, I Love You, in English and Hungarian; the poem was translated into Hungarian for the anthology Crystal Garden/Kristalykert by Gerevich Andras.
This is going to be an awesome event: A Poetry and Music Salon that is a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. It takes place on Saturday, May 27th from 1:45 to 4:00 p.m. at the Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, and features 6 poets and 6 musicians. Brenda Clews is the host, and I will be one of the featured performers, along with Isabel Fryszberg, Heather Babcock, Karen Shenfeld, Jim McCuaig, Michael Marian, Tricia Postle, Tom Hamilton, Stanley Fefferman, Neil Traynor, James Dewar, and Anna Gutmanis. I am so excited!
Urban Folk Art Salon, Mount Pleasant Library
You don’t want to miss this! Anna Gutmanis, Brenda Clews, Jovan Vuksanovich, Mark Ripp, Nadia High, and myself will perform music and poetry at the Urban Folk Art Salon on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Mount Pleasant Library in Toronto.
I am very excited to be sharing the stage on Saturday, July 9th at 8 p.m. at the Free Times Cafe along with some truly amazing artists: dub poet Clifton Joseph and singer-songwriters Carmen Toth and Tim Maxwell.
Before the show:
Because my words are all wound up with my paintings, I was thinking that I should somehow bring my artwork into my performance so that the audience can see the whole picture. I considered taking the actual paintings up on stage with me, but I I thought that would be awkward and complicated and distracting. Then I thought: photo prints! Then Duane suggested Power Point and I responded Great Idea, projection! So I don’t know. I have two days to figure it out. In the meantime I’ll tell you a little about the process of how some of the poems/stories came about.
The poem History began with some words in my head that followed with a drawing then a lot more words then a poem then a painting. I had just been in a car accident. It was all about the body. I spent a lot of time in bed, and to keep sane (and happy) (and alive), I had to do some art. I wrote in bed. I painted in short stints here and there. (I also went back to work, and saw chiropractors and acupuncturists and my favortie massage therapist, Moni.) Even though it wasn’t, it was still all about the body because either I could do something or I couldn’t based on how my body felt.
After the painting History was completed, I began working on the oils, watercolors and inks that are in the WRITTEN ON THE BODY series.
Brandon Pitts’ Canadian Launch for TENDER IN THE AGE OF FURY, cover art by Jennifer Hosein
TENDER IN THE AGE OF FURY is a powerful collection of poems. In the words of Cathy McKim, blogger at Life with More Cowbell, “Pitts’ work is visceral, political, irreverent, historical, biblical, romantic, vulgar and lyrical.” The book is available at http://www.brandonpitts.com/
I met Brandon at the late Nik Beat’s apartment in Toronto’s Beaches in the spring of 2011. We talked about writing, and I was inspired. And we became fast and close friends.
The long and the short of it is that Brandon chose my 2013 painting, Angel Over the City, for the book cover; it is a match made in heaven!
You can read Brandon’s post about me and check out his website at http://www.brandonpitts.com/happy-birthday-to-artist-jennifer-hosein/