Alumna Canisia Lubrin published her first collection of poetry, Voodoo Hypothesis, this past fall. We asked her to share a favourite debut read:
"Recent first books of poems have left indelible impressions: Safiya Sinclair's Cannibal, Kilby Smith-McGregor's Kids In Triage, Ocean Vuong's Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Phoebe Wang's Admission Requirements.
One of the most impressive debuts of recent reading for me comes in the compassionate anger of Vladimir Lucien's Sounding Ground, a book full of intelligent, colloquial, punny, witty, memorable reflections on the personal, psychosocial and historical soundscape of the poet's homeland of St. Lucia and its regional 'commonwealth.' If you invite a first book to a party and hope that it comes with an awareness of a Caribbean beyond over-simple curio or colonial utility, and if you want that book to give you a new sense of what you already thought familiar, Sounding Ground just might be that book."
Canisia's own debut, Voodo Hypothesis, is now out from Wolsak & Wynn's Buckrider Books imprint. Catch her at one of these upcoming events:
- January 24 @ Crossroads Literary Festival, York University, Toronto [4pm start, w/fellow alumna Kilby Smith-McGregor]
- January 30 @ Shab-e She'r Reading Series, Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, Toronto [6:30pm start]
- February 28 @ Creative Writers Reading Series, York University, Toronto [1:30pm start]
- March 2-3 @ Talking Fresh Conference, Regina
She is also the 2017-18 Poet in Residence at Poetry in Voice and will be one of three english language judges at this year's National Recital Competition.