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Author of Living Things, Matt Rader Reads

Posted: October 2, 2009

Nightwood poet and author of Miraculous Hours and Living Things, Matt Rader will be speaking at two upcoming events. He will give a talk entitled “Reservations: Form and Identity” at the first graduate conference for the Literatures of the West Coast graduate program at the University of Victoria which will be running all day Thursday, October 8th and Friday, October 9th. Matt will also be reading for Tongues of Fire at the Solstice Café in Victoria on October 8th at 7:30pm.

Written in the year after the birth of Matt Rader’s first daughter, Living Things honestly
introduces the contradictions of the modern world: “how what we see in daylight is less than whole / and also more so.” Using words in lieu of sonar, these poems bounce off the ecology of “shabby saturated grasses” and “panther-eyed armies of salal,” and locate both author and reader within a literary genealogy. Matt Rader’s poetry brings subtle slowness to a chaotic, fast-paced environment. It is both a celebration and documentation of this world and its relationship to all living things.

Matt Rader grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. He is the editor of Mosquito Press and the co-founder of Crash: Vancouver’s Indie Writers Fest. He studied writing at the University of Victoria and the 2003 Banff Writing Studio. His poems and chapbooks have received praise from many quarters, including sub-TERRAIN, Broken Pencil, Geist and This Magazine. In 2004, he was selected for Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, edited by Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane. His first book, Miraculous Hours, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry. Rader was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at The University of Oregon and now lives in Vancouver.