Poetry at the Point – Poetry Reading with Katerina Canyon – in Saint Louis, MO

Join us in-person at Poetry at the Point in Saint Louis, MO for a poetry reading with Katerina Canyon on October 25, 2022 at 7:30PM CDT.

Poetry at the Point is a reading series with the St. Louis Poetry Center. Katerina Canyon will be reading along with 2 other poets, Jennifer Goldring and Katherine Mitchell.  The reading will be held in-person at Focal Point as well as live-streamed.

Focal Point is located at:

2320 Sutton
Maplewood, MO 63143

About the Authors:

Katerina Canyon is an Award-Winning Poet, Best-Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist. She is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York Times and The Huffington Post. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma.

Katerina Canyon will be reading from her latest book Surviving Home – a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame. Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.

Jennifer Goldring is a poet based in St. Louis, Missouri. Her award-winning poetry has appeared in various publications. On her days off, she’s likely playing with clay, taking photos, hanging with her teenagers, or writing poems. She’s Managing Editor for december magazine. Her photography and other work can be found at jennifergoldring.com.

Katherine Mitchell has a BPS in Choreography, an MFA in Creative Writing and works as an Alexander Technique teacher. Her writing has appeared in 2River View, The Louisville Review and The Southern Review.

To learn more, go to: https://stlouispoetrycenter.org/poetry-at-the-point/

 
 

Poetry Reading with Katerina Canyon at the Lamplighters in Olympia, WA

Join Orca Books at the Lamplighters for a live reading and discussion with Katerina Canyon!

Katerina Canyon is an Award-Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma. Her book Surviving Home which was released on November 9, 2021, is a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.

“A harrowing collection by a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet… The poet’s language can also be visceral and gripping … An often cathartic and poignant set of poems about endurance and the cycle of abuse.” – Kirkus Reviews

Event date: 

Friday, April 29, 2022 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Event address: 

211 4th Ave E

Olympia, WA 98501

To learn more, go to https://www.orcabooks.com/event/live-event-katerina-canyon-lamplighters

An Evening of Poetry at Island Books in Mercer Island, WA

In honor of National Poetry Month, Island Books will be hosting their first IN-STORE, IN-PERSON poetry event on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6:30pm!

We are thrilled to present three or four accomplished women poets who, between them, represent almost three or four generations of women writers.

  • Carol White Kelly, nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2004,  author of Out of Deep, Unordered Water will read from her new collection of poetry, Tell My Sister.
  • Mary Ann Woodruff, has followed her engaging and affective memoir (Last of the Good Girls) with an engaging and affective collection of poetry, Skylark.
  • Katerina Canyon, who teaches a poetry workshop in Seattle will read from her new book Surviving Home.
  • Heidi Seaborn, executive editor at The Adroit Journal, will read from various collections of her poetry including her latest An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe.

Books are on hand now and will also be on sale at the event.

Masks optional.

Event date:

Thursday, April 28, 2022 – 6:30pm

Event address:

Island Books
3014 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Katerina Canyon and Raúl Sánchez, Poetry Reading – IN PERSON – at Village Books in Bellingham, WA

Join us in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Bellingham, WA with Katerina Canyon and Raúl Sánchez for a poetry reading on April 16, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00PM.

Katerina Canyon is an Award-Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma. She will be reading from her new book Surviving Home, which was released on November 9, 2021. Surviving Home is a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame. Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family. Katerina Canyon is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Raúl Sánchez will be reading from his new collection When There Were No Borders. These poems present and re-present our “tongue,” our “language,” our “culture and pride.” Steeped in history and “blood blood blood” unforgotten and dignified, these poems are never what you expect yet are as familiar as an ancestral landscape. Deeply layered like culture itself, this book es una flor, multi-petalled, many-voiced – sin frontera and utterly unique. From rich love poems to Neruda-esque declamaciónes to canciones and cantos, this book represents as we were, and are, When There Were No Borders, by presenting the multiverse that is US of America through the voice of one, Raúl Sánchez, crossing borders.

Raúl Sánchez is the former City of Redmond Poet Laureate 2019 – 2021. He teaches poetry in Spanish through the Seattle Arts and Lectures (WITS) program, also through the Jack Straw Educational Project. In the last three years he volunteered for PONGO Teen Writing at the Juvenile Detention Center. He runs the “Poetry in the Park” event at the Meadowbrook Pond in NE Seattle. His work has appeared in a multitude of journals, magazines, and anthologies such as IN XOCHITL, IN CUICATL or Floricanto – “Flower and Song” 100 years of chicanx/latinx poetry, published by Editorial Polibea, Madrid, Spain. His new collection When There Were No Borders was released by Flower Song Press, McAllen Texas July 2021. His latest book is All Our Brown Skinned Angels.  

Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don’t delay.

COVID protocol for our in-person events requires proof of full vaccination upon arrival to the Readings Gallery. Masking is optional. Thank you for your cooperation.

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*Online registration closes one hour prior to event start time. There may still be seats available at the door.

Village Books is located at 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225.

To learn more, go to https://www.villagebooks.com/

Award-winning Poet Katerina Canyon – Zoom Poetry Reading

Bookstore1Sarasota (https://www.sarasotabooks.com) will be hosting a special Black History Month Zoom poetry reading with award-winning poet, bestselling author, civil rights activist, and essayist, Katerina Canyon. The event will take place on February 27, 2022 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Katerina Canyon is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York Times and The Huffington Post. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma. Her book Surviving Home which was released on November 9, 2021, is a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.

You can purchase Katerina Canyon’s latest poetry collection Surviving Home here.

There is no charge for this event, but registration is needed for the Zoom link. There is the option of a $7 fee to help defray the cost. The Zoom link will be sent prior to reading. After you have reserved your place, look for a confirmation via email. To learn more, go to https://www.sarasotabooks.com/event-details/award-winning-poet-katerina-canyon-zoom-poetry-reading

The Spiral Bookcase Announces Upcoming Virtual Event with Award-Winning Poet & Best-Selling Author Katerina Canyon

The Spiral Bookcase announced today they will be hosting a virtual event featuring Award-Winning Poet and Best-Selling Author Katerina Canyon on January 14th, 2022 at 4PM PST / 7PM EST. Katerina Canyon will be reading from her latest poetry collection Surviving Home. The event is free and open to the public.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family. 

Katerina Canyon’s poems offer intimate accounts of home as the locus of danger — and homeland as a state of oppression. They are at once urgent and mysterious, full of ocean depths and surging currents. Far from nostalgia, home inspires in this poet a vigilance, keeping watch on herself and others. Her very language is charged with the alert intelligence that offers a means of survival, and metaphors that transform pain into poetry. —Devin Johnston, author of Mosses and Lichens

Katerina Canyon’s poems dive into history unafraid to explore the complexity of home and family and acknowledge: the sea is filled with bones. This powerful, engaging collection where we see the billowing skirt of sunset asks again and again: How do get past our pasts? Smart, poignant, compassionate, Canyon’s poems remind us that strength happens despite one’s childhood and one’s country; they exclaim, We can choose whether we are stuck / In darkness or in light. —Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising Tides

In lush language and startling images, Katerina Canyon unveils a story in blood and bone of a speaker who survives domestic cycles of addiction and abuse, terrors handed down from the plantation through generations of her kin . . . Like the Phoenix, the speaker dares to draw near destruction to name our violent histories in order to claim a survivor’s eternal understanding of how to love, how to mother, and how to teach the world that We cannot be bound. We are free. We are infinite. —Katy Didden, author of The Glacier’s Wake

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York TimesThe Huffington Post, and Folks.

Her first book Changing the Lines was released in August 2017. This work is a conversation between mother and daughter as they examine what it means to operate within the world as black women.

From 2000 to 2003, Katerina Canyon served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

She has a B.A. in English, International Studies and Creative Writing from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Her latest book Surviving Home was released on November 9, 2021, published by Kelsay Books.

To learn more about Katerina Canyon, go to https://www.poetickat.com/

The event at the Spiral Bookcase will be held virtually via Zoom. To learn more, go to https://spiralbookcase.com/pages/events

Katerina Canyon Announces the Release of Her New Poetry Collection ‘Surviving Home’

Award Winning Poet and Best Selling Author Katerina Canyon has announced the release of her new poetry book Surviving Home. 

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.


Excerpt:

 

Sojourner

 

Truth is where I found you

In the cusp high over ultraviolet waves

Between your time as a slave and mine

Fighting off the results of bondage.

 

You were a woman who accepted no

Excuses for the lack of rights

For our mothers and daughters,

Demanded more for those who followed.

 

I am a woman who accepts that most

White men are fixed on one idea

As to how the world should be,

And it is on me to change their minds

 

Through words, or actions, but never

Through guns or swords, white bonnet

Wrapped on my head as I push

Away racial insults and profanity.

 

You never forgot to say who a woman

Could be, what a Black woman could do

When we eschewed weakness and misogyny.

No one helped you. You just carved the trail.

 

No one helps me either. That’s what I learned

It means to be a Black woman.

To be strong, to plough, to plant, to raise barns.

That’s what you did. I do that metaphorically.

 

Now, I raise children, plough through journals

With my pen. I always remember to never

Pin my tongue for fear of other’s thoughts

This is the way you walked.

 

I try to get my half measure full,

But I think it is a little less

Difficult for me as it was

For you. Thank you for the

Quarter you earned.

 

It took us a long way, but

Today, the world is still

Turned upside down

And we are working

Hand by hand to

 

Flip it

Right side up

 


Praise:

“A harrowing collection by a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet… The poet’s language can also be visceral and gripping … An often cathartic and poignant set of poems about endurance and the cycle of abuse.” – Kirkus Reviews

 


About the Author:

Katerina Canyon is an Award Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, essayist, and poet. She grew up in Los Angeles and much of her writing reflects that experience.

Her first book of poetry, Changing the Lines, was released in August 2017. This work is a conversation between mother and daughter as they examine what it means to operate within the world as black women.

Katerina Canyon is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York TimesThe Huffington Post, and Folks. Her poetry has been published in CatheXis NorthwestThe Esthetic ApostleInto the Void, Black Napkin, and Waxing & Waning. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings. She has a B.A. in English, International Studies and Creative Writing from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Readers can connect with Katerina on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook. To learn more, go to https://www.poetickat.com/ 

To request a review copy of Surviving Home or an interview Katerina Canyon, please contact Kelsey at Book Publicity Services at (805) 807-9027 or Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com

 

Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree: Poems, Rants, and Short Stories

Poems are fragments of life.
Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree by Simi K. Rao is a collection of blissful moments; deep, invisible wounds; cries for help; declarations of defiance and philosophical observations. These poems and prose are fragments of life elucidating the different phases of the human condition. Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree will leave readers wanting for more and have a deep impact on women of all ages.
Life is not about achieving perfection, it’s about reconciling with your imperfections.

Praise for Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree:
“Rao amazes yet again with a true sense of what the modern woman goes through every day. We must battle cultural norms yet rebel in a way to gain our wings to do what we yearn to accomplish. She describes the dual roles of women, no matter where one comes from.” —Sonali Dhir, Advance Practice Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner
“Simi K. Rao’s Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree is a compelling collection of poems and short stories. Dr. Rao writes with keen insight about life, love, illness, war, loss, revenge and joy. Her spare and deceptively simple poetry leaves the reader with a new appreciation of our universal humanity, and her short stories will leave you wanting more.” —Marianne Novelli, M.D.
“I read Simi K Rao’s Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree in two sittings. I simply couldn’t put it down. The short stories were penned with an appreciation for the important placement of imagery, detail, and dialogue. This skill combined with likeable and formidable characters makes for an impressive read. But it is the poetry that grabbed me. Her innate propensity for unearthing our shared humanness, no matter our differences, strikes an emotional tone that allows her reader to not only relate, but to empathize. The poetry is straight up and to the point. It does not have to be interpreted or dissected to be understood. Simi is a straight shooter and certainly had an impact on this reader.” —Dallas H, Author of Shaking the Family Tree

Excerpt:

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Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree

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Gods recline and meditate
Yogis attain nirvana
Banias conduct business
Councils assemble and confer

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I stand firm, yet I walk
My arms stretch across the universe,
forever seeking and growing
I am exceptional

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Creatures frisk on my limbs
The weary traveler finds repose
I am a temple of benevolence
An infinite ocean of knowledge

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I was there before you were born
I shall remain after you are gone
I have weathered a million storms
I am the eternal tree

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About the poem: The term ‘Banyan’ was coined by the British after the word ‘bania’ who are people belonging to the trading community. Found in nearly every Indian village, the tree is the center of activity. People gather, traveling merchants of all kinds set up shop under its vast canopy, and village councils hold hearings. It is also called Kalpavriksha, the tree that fulfills wishes and material desires and is greatly revered. Its ability to survive and grow for centuries is akin to God providing shelter to his devotees. Its ability to send down aerial roots which grow down into the soil and form additional trunks makes it a symbol of immortality. The leaves, bark and seeds are used for various medicinal purposes. The tree is truly extraordinary.

About the Author:
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her work and experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships. Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life. She is a practicing physician, and much of Rao’s down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction and poetry, and photography. She is also an avid reader and traveler and has visited many locations around the world. She has written four novels. Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree is her first collection of poems and short stories. It is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is currently working on a new novel. She lives in Denver with her family. To learn more about Simi or her books, visit SimiKRao.com or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.