WHAT: The Single Onion kicks off its season with four great poets: Clara Joseph, Stuart Ian McKay, Peter Midgley, and Josh Smith.

WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 7 pm

WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th St. SW (

About the readers:

Clara Joseph is the author of two books of poetry – The Face of the Other, a long poem on what it means to meet and greet the other person, and Dandelions for Bhabha, a collection of poems that engages with philosophers and literary and cultural theorists and their controversial views. Her poetry has appeared in the Toronto Review, Mother Earth International, Prosopisia: An International Journal of Poetry & Creative Writing, Canadian Woman Studies, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Transnational Literature, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Literature and Aesthetics. She is an associate professor at the University of Calgary. Her recent scholarly work is a monograph titled, Christianity in India: The Anti-Colonial Turn.

Stuart Ian McKay is a Calgary poet. His poetry and nonfiction have been published in many Canadian literary journals and anthologies, most recently Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers (Rocky Mountain Books, Victoria), The Waiting Anthology (University of Alberta press) and filling station. He has poetry forthcoming in the Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature and Hamilton Arts and Letters. “a cognate of prayer,” Stuart’s second book of poetry was published by password’s enterprises (Calgary) in 2013. He serves on the editorial collective of filling station. He will read from his new book of poetry “even the idea of maya is maya,” published by Frog Hollow Press (Victoria). He will perform with longtime collaborator and fellow poet/noise, sound artist Matt Smith.

Peter Midgley is the author of several books of poetry, children’s literature, and plays. He lives in Edmonton. let us not think of them as barbarians is his latest poetry collection and is a part of the Crow Said Poetry series from NeWest Press. 

Josh Smith is the author of “alphabeta: a climber’s guide to the alphabet” (NoPress), co-founder of NoD Magazine, and former student of Christian Bok’s creative writing seminar at the University of Calgary in the mid-2000s. For the past number of years he has been an itinerant jargon scribbler/cobbler, and reticent sharer. He lives in Calgary with his wife and two sons.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and the Calgary Arts Development


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