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Rader Launches New Collection of Poetry

Posted: April 14, 2008

Join Matt Rader for a book launch for his new collection of poetry, Living Things (Nightwood Editions) at the UBC Bookstore at Robson Square, 800 Robson Street in Vancouver on Friday, April 25 at 7pm. The event is sponsored by the Robson Reading Series (RRS) and will be a reunion for the RRS, featuring additional readings by Elizabeth Bachinsky (Home of Sudden Service) and Michael V. Smith (What You Can't Have, Signature Editions).

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 is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at The University of Oregon.

For more information about the event, please call UBC Bookstore at Robson Square at (604) 822-6453 or email