Poetry Takes the Nite

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by Mori McCrae

Grey Borders Books, 2017




Mori McCrae has lived on the western crook of Lake Ontario all her life.  Born in Toronto, she grew up in Port Credit, then studied Fine Art at the Ontario College of Art.  She graduated with Honours in 1984.  Her journey continued, relocating her to Grimsby and finally St. Catharine’s, where she began to write poetry.  She’s settled in a house nicknamed The Hobbit with her husband and two dogs.

Sputnik's Children

by Terri Favro

ECW Press, 2017



Cult comic book creator Debbie Reynolds Biondi has been riding the success of her Cold War era–inspired superhero series, Sputnik Chick: Girl with No Past, for more than 25 years. But with the comic book losing fans and Debbie struggling to come up with new plotlines for her badass, mutant-killing heroine, she decides to finally tell Sputnik Chick’s origin story.

Debbie’s never had to make anything up before and she isn’t starting now. Sputnik Chick is based on Debbie’s own life in an alternate timeline called Atomic Mean Time. As a teenager growing up in Shipman’s Corners — a Rust Belt town voted by Popular Science magazine as “most likely to be nuked” — she was recruited by a self-proclaimed time traveller to collapse Atomic Mean Time before an all-out nuclear war grotesquely altered humanity. In trying to save the world, Debbie risked obliterating everyone she’d ever loved — as well as her own past — in the process.

Or so she believes . . . Present-day Debbie is addicted to lorazepam and dirty, wet martinis, making her an unreliable narrator, at best. A time-bending novel that delves into the origin story of the Girl with No Past, Sputnik’s Children explores what it was like to come of age in the Atomic Age.

Bella and the Facer Street Gang

story by Terri Favro

illustrations by Ron Edding

Grey Borders Books, 2017



Join Bella on her newest adventure as she faces the Facer Street Gang. Based on author Terri Favro's life growing up in the Facer District of St. Catharines, Bella is a graphic novel that relieves what it was like to grow up Italian, Canadian, and Facer.

Small Beauty

by jia qing wilson-yang

Metonymy Press, 2017



Small Beauty tells the story of Mei. Coping with the death of her cousin, she abandons her life in the city to live in his now empty house in a small town. There she connects with his history as well as her own, learns about her aunt’s long-term secret relationship, and reflects on the trans women she has left behind.

Facer Street Poems

by Stan Skreszewski

Grey Borders Books, 2016



Inspired by growing up on Facer Street, Stan Skreszewski has collected his memories, his hopes, and humour into a small collection of poems about his childhood home.

Fierce Femmes and notorious Liars

by Kai Cheng Thom

Metonymy Press, 2017



Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom is the highly sensational, ultra-exciting, sort-of true coming-of-age story of a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents’ abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who live in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles.

soul's longing

by Taylor Peebles

Grey Borders Books, 2017



soul's longing is a set of poems about desire, community and wonder. Taylor Peebles is the host/originator of Poetry Takes the Nite.