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Kevin McNeilly Launches Book with Robson Reading Series

June 8, 2011

Appropriately, UBC professor Kevin McNeilly  a Nightwood Editions author, has chosen to launch his debut poetry collection, Embouchure, as part of the university’s Robson Reading Series. Don’t expect remote intellectualism from this collection, however—written in a series of poetic riffs that explore the colourful lives of early jazz trumpeters in effortless period slang, Embouchure is extremely entertaining as well as beautifully executed. A trumpet player himself, McNeilly’s respect for the instrument and the lives of these musicians shines through in every phrase. George Elliott Clarke praises Embouchure as “lyrical, free, down-to-the-bone, as real, fresh and immediate as true jazz always is.”

The launch, which will feature free refreshments, will take place on Thursday, June 16 from 7 to 9 pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library (800 Robson Street, Vancouver). Following the usual Robson Reading Series format, McNeilly will read selections from Embouchure, followed by a “cozy conversation” interview/Q&A session and a book signing.

Kevin McNeilly lives in Vancouver, where he teaches English at the University of British Columbia. In addition to his academic publications, he has had poems published in Canadian Literature and The Antigonish Review. Visit for more information.

For more information about this event, please contact the Robson Reading Series at (604) 822-6453 or