I got an A minus in feminism

I have a new poem up in BAD DOG REVIEW’s inaugural issue about all the times I’ve called the police. Since I last updated, I have also published a poem in Bad Nudes about talking to myself on the street, in Big Smoke Poetry about hating everyone around you, and in Bywords about afterbirth. In 2019 I hope to have more poems published in B-list outlets (see what I did there?) and beyond, as in—actually get out into the world and perform, and engage, and make you people happy.

Also if you’re in Peterborough, FFS check out all the stuff STPS is doing for Poetry Month. Justin Million and Elisha Rubacha have built an empire for good, and it can only mean good things for Ontario’s bellweather community.

DUELING! KEYBOARDS!

Had the honour of performing live with my buddy/poetry-brother Justin Million at his KEYBOARDS! show in Peterborough. Imagine: stage with two typewriters, two stools, one bell and a mike. We wrote 15 poems each in a couple hours. Absolute thrill. You can get copies of our poetry, including a sample of those poems (the only copies that exist!) from Peterborough’s own Bird, Buried Press, made by the indomitable Elisha Rubacha. Hopefully we can get DUELING! KEYBOARDS! in Ottawa this summer…

DUAL by Jeff Blackman + Justin Million Released: January 28th, 2017 Dimensions: 8½” x 5½” Print Run: 20 copies these books were live-assembled 15 of the 20 include 2 unique poems, 1 from each poet each unique poem was live-written at The Garnet and then read aloud neither the poets, press, nor audience retained copies of the unique poems

via dual by jeff blackman + justin million — bird, buried press

Reading in T.O., Wed Feb 24

Hello Toronto/Thornhill! I am back for a reading Wednesday February 24th thanks to the folks at the Pivot Readings at The Steady. Here’s the official link, and here’s the Facebook event. I’m humbled to be reading with Hoa Nguyen, Patrick Warner, and Zachariah Wells, all more accomplished poets than I. But I’m gonna bring it, chiefly in the way of poems about love and family, and cute animals. OH! I have a poem about just those things, 13 Adorable Pictures of the Animals of the Peterborough Zoo As The Learn Your Son Has Been Born (Not pictured, the camels Zahra and Gobi—your favourites), that will be published in Words(on)pages’ Parenthetical zine in May. Come hear me read that poem, and others (with shorter titles) Wednesday February 24th at Pivot. It’s apparently, like, the best reading series in town.