MFA graduate Andrea Perry is publishing her first poetry collection, Rise, this spring. We asked her to share a favourite debut read:
"This is in no way an intentional move to ‘keep it in the family’ of the Guelph MFA, but my favourite debut poetry collection this year has got to be former MFAer, Liz Howard’s, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent. I read this collection last summer, before it was nominated for both the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Griffin Prize, and, though I had an idea of what to expect from Liz, found myself repeatedly surprised, impressed, and deeply moved by the skill, passion, and extraordinary intelligence of this work. This collection is alive, truly. It feels as though the Earth itself moves and speaks through each page, each person, each streak of colour. Liz is there, in clear voice and presence, but she makes space for something else to emerge alongside, under, within, amongst. She is commanding, yet respectful; intense, yet supremely graceful; wicked smart, with a deep, soulful substance. Something seriously profound decided to make a partnership with Liz to bring this collection into the world. She was, certainly, the right person for the job."
Rise, published by Vocamus Press, will launch at 7pm on Wednesday April 27th at the eBar, located above The Bookshelf (41 Quebec St, downtown Guelph). As part of the celebration, current MFA candidate, Allison LaSorda, will also be reading from her chapbook, Playdate.