By the River Reading Series - Issue #1



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By the River Reading Series - Issue #1
By Emily Lockhart • Issue #1 • View online
Welcome to the first By the River Reading Series Newsletter. You can expect to find these newsletters towards month’s end during our season. In these you will find additional writings and work by our feature writers as well as exclusive promos and content from them and their publishers. Consider these newsletters to be the literary tributaries to our literary river.
Check out some new work from our September 2021 event as well as links to their books for purchasing. Help support our writers and the hardworking presses that help to put their work into the world.

September 2021 Event Wrap-up:
We were so thrilled to kick off our sixth season with an amazing event featuring Marty Gervais and Sachi Nag. We an excellent Zoom crowd for our first reading. If you missed the event live, you can still go back and watch the event on our YouTube channel.
And to celebrate those that haven’t seen the event or still have it fresh in their minds, we’ve included links to both Marty Gervais and Sachi Nag’s most recent books and a small sample of their work.
Sabyasachi Nag:
Sabyasachi Nag
Sabyasachi Nag
Sabyasachi Nag has published fiction and poetry. His work has appeared or forthcoming in Anomaly, Blackfox Literary Review, Canadian Literature, Grain, The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, and The Windsor Review, among others. He is an alumnus of the Community of Writers at Squaw, the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, the Humber School for Writers, the Banff Centre for Arts and is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. He is currently working on a collection of short fiction. He was born in Calcutta, India, and lives in Mississauga, Ontario.
from The Windsor Review Vol.53, No.1:
What We Make of Symbols
One bone cold Sunday night
Flipping raw photos from a recent trip,
We stopped by a yellow taxi In Calcutta –
Shirtless boys, my son’s age
The white of their teeth luminous in the dark –
Noses pressed to the glass of the rained afternoon –
They were begging for food.
One of them in the far corner of the frame
Looked away from us all, woozily
Drawing vapour swastikas
On the fog of his breath –
Same as my son on the frost of the window –
His newcomer’s eyes looking out
Into frozen yards blinking red, green, gold
Elves riding reindeer on fire.
Check out Pat Connor’s Review of Uncharted (Mansfield Press, 2020)
Marty Gervais
Marty (C.H.) Gervais
Marty (C.H.) Gervais
Marty Gervais is a writer and photographer living in Windsor. Winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for his support for emerging writers in Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, he is also the publisher of Black Moss Press, one of Canada’s oldest publishing firms. His best known book, The Rumrunners, was a Canadian bestseller, selling more than 40,000 copies. Gervais was Windsor’s first poet laureate, and now is the poet laureate emeritus.
At a Loss for Words 
It started to rain and so I looked for shelter
on the porch of an abandoned house
on the other side of a twisted and fallen
barbed wire fence and I settled down
on the verandah out of the storm
It wasn’t long before the rain stopped
and it was getting late, and soon one by one
these crazy bats darted out from under
the sagging eaves of the house
to dive and zigzag into the twilight
At long last, I fell asleep, eyes fixed on
the hypnotic stream of passing cars, and
it might’ve been the best night’s sleep — I woke
with the sun rising over the low lying hills
and discovering a silver bicycle lying in the grass
a few feet from the building
I couldn’t resist — I lifted it from the tall grass
and straddled it and the tires were still good
and I began to pedal it down a stony old lane
that led from the front of the weather-beaten
farmhouse to a ruined apple orchard
and if I could’ve remembered a simple refrain
from any Broadway musical, I might’ve roused
these languorous forgotten trees awake
and made them dance with me as I rode
a crooked path to celebrate the morning light
A New Dress Every Day: Poems in My Mother's Voice | Marty Gervais - Mosaic-Press | Mosaic-Press
By the River Reading Series October 2021
Join us on October 2021 for a very special evening with Catharine Leggett and Ellie Csepergi. Visit our website or FB page for current news and upcoming events. Save the link below to join us via Zoom for the live event. And don’t forget if it’s live you have the opportunity for a Q&A with the authors. We can’t wait to see you then.
Join us for our next live event on Oct 13
Join us for our next live event on Oct 13
By the River Reading Series - October 2021 - Official Promo
By the River Reading Series - October 2021 - Official Promo
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