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Thursday, 14 November 2019

celebrations for bill bissett's 80th birthday: Tarragon Theater Dec. 9

bill was the first person to publish a non self-published collection of my poetry, unacknowledged legislator, with his blewointmentpress in 1981. I met bill when I featured him several times at The Main Street Library Poetry Series I organized in Toronto in the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. bill is an artistic polymath and a dynamic and heartfelt performer - many congrats to bill on his 80th birthday and that he's still rockin' the freeworld at 80!  

bill bissett in Brooklyn, St. Catherines, New York, and Toronto!

Poster for bill bissett brethday tour

bill bissett will celebrate his eightieth brethday with a series of poetry readings from his new collection, breth.
Saturday, November 16
7 p.m.
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street
St. Catherines, ON
Monday, November 18
6:30 p.m.
Pratt Institute
Schafler Gallery
200 Willougby
Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, November 20
6 p.m.
The Player’s Club
16 Gramercy Park Street
New York, NY
Thursday, November 21
7 p.m.
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY
Monday, December 9
8 p.m.
Tarragon Theatre
30 Bridgman Avenue
Toronto, ON

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

bill bissett celebrates 80th birthday at Poets House in NYC

North of Invention: A berthDay Celebration with bill bissett

Introduced by Adeena Karasick

Nov 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm

On the occasion of polymath bill bissett’s 80th birthday, join us in welcoming the poet, painter, musician, and editor to Poets House! bissett will present on his legendary career in Canadian small press publishing, introduced by Adeena Karasick. The evening will conclude with a reading from bissett’s latest collection, breth.
Co-presented with the Consulate General of Canada.
(Photo Credit: Aloysius Wong)
Admission $10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members


Nov 21, 2019
7:00 pm
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Elizabeth Kray Hall, Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282 United States
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Friday, 1 November 2019

my old alma mater, Miami-Dade College, sponsoring Miami Book Fair



I was reading about the Miami Book Fair on LitHub today when I realized it's sponsored by my old alma mater, Miami-Dade College. I graduated in 1968 from the south campus, when M-D was still known as M-D Junior College. I thought you might be interested in knowing that a M-D graduate has gone on to achieve some substantial degree of literary publication, success and international recognition in a number of fields, including haiku/haibun/lyrical and political poetry/criticism/essay/memoir etc. .

Perhaps the quickest and most convenient way I can present my story is via the website of the small Ontario (Canada) village where I've resided for almost 30 years:

Of course there's lots more info about my literary activities on the web, including from my blog, "riffs and ripples from zenriver gardens":

Best wishes for another successful Miami Bookfair. It would be fun to be there, but I haven't considered travelling to the U.S. since the paranoia of the 9/11 era. As a VN War draft resisting foreign born national, I feel it's especially unsafe to visit Miami, where I went through grade school on Key Biscayne and college at M-D.


Chris (Faiers)

Marmora, Ontario, Canada