September 20th: Peter Hughes, Pearl Pirie and Bonny Finberg

19h00, Carr’s, 1 Rue du Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries

Peter Hughes is a poet, painter and the founding editor of Oystercatcher Press. He was based in Italy for many years and now lives on the Norfolk coast. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry which include The Metro Poems, Paul Klee’s Diary, The Summer of Agios Dimitrios, Behoven and The Pistol Tree Poems. Nathan Thompson has described the latter as ‘flickering, intense, innovative and utterly mesmerising’.

Pearl Pirie grew up in the wilds of the Ottawa Valley, Canada. She mashes rural sensibility with urban ventriloquist frost. Her second trade collection, Thirsts, was recently published by Snare Books. It won the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry. Her first full collection been shed bore came came out with Chaudiere Books in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in ditch, anthology 4 (canadian) (innovative poets) among other place. She has a micro press named phafours. She teaches workshops on poetry.

Pearl will launch her corrupt press chapbook, Mammals of Hoarfrost.

A native New Yorker, Bonny Finberg has traveled through Europe, India and Nepal. Her work has been translated into French, Japanese and Hungarian. Publisher’s Weekly said that her fiction in Best American Erotica “exudes a stunning sensual sensibility.” Her fiction, poetry and reviews have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and online zines. Her poetry is included in the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thundersmouth) and her fiction in Evergreen Review, four Unbearables anthologies (Autonomedia) as well as Lost and Found: New York Stories from Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. She is a regular writer for A Gathering of Tribes and Sensitive Skin. She has written music reviews for The Brooklyn Rail which also published an excerpt of her novel Kali’s Day. In Paris she has contributed to Le Purple Journal, Upstairs at Duroc, and Van Gogh’s Ear. Her chapbook of short stories, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era is featured in the video 5 Guys Read Finberg. Her photography has been published in both print and online art journals and exhibits, including the group show “A Book About Death” at the Emily Harvey Gallery in NY; “Seeking Kali;” and A Gathering of Tribes Magazine. Her written work and visual art are archived in the “Downtown Writers” collection at the NYU Fales library. She lives in Paris and New York, and is working on her second novel.

Bonny will launch her corrupt press chapbook, Déja Vu.