About Todd Besant
Todd Besant is a publisher, editor, reader, writer, occasional author, introvert, stargazer, freethinker, kitchen dancer, podcast enthusiast, and car singer.
He is the descendant of colonialist settlers and lives on Turtle Island on Treaty 1 Land that is the territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Inuit, and Dene Peoples, and on the Traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation, in Winnipeg, MB, an inflexible colonial city mired in the still damp clay bed of a proglacial lake created during the Holocene Glacial Retreat.
Todd is taller online, inordinately puzzled, comprehensively skeptical, increasingly alarmed, and as analogue as possible under the circumstances.
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I’ll be the featured reader for Speaking Crow on June 1, 2021.
Speaking Crow is Winnipeg’s longest running poetry open mic series–really the longest poetry series of any kind in the city.
This will be an online event and registration is required. You can register here.
I hope to see and hear you there.
So Many Thanks
Thank you to everyone who attended the Zoom launch of Searching for Signal. I truly appreciate the support of Winnipeg’s literary community.
Special thanks to my “co-launchers” James Scoles (The Trailer) and Caroline Wong (Primal Sketches) and to Charlene Diehl, Director of the Thin Air/Winnipeg International Writers Festival, for keeping us in order and asking insightful questions about our collections.
Bringing a book to life takes many hands and I especially appreciate the work of my publisher Karen Haughian, my editor Clarise Foster, and Ashley Brekelmans for managing the launch and other marketing initiatives.
The event was recorded and will soon be available online for viewing.
Searching for Signal is available at many book retailers and online direct from Signature Editions.
what do you say?
when I throw a wide net
hoping to catch the scaled skin
of something to hold
what do you think about?
have lost their meaning
banging at the locked doors
she sent you to live in the locked cellar
for a while fetching her potatoes
your cot and raggedy blankets down there
you were that father
tornado word hurlings
this is pattern recognition
is gene pool
About Lori Cayer
Searching for Signal is Lori Cayer’s fifth poetry collection.
Her previous books are Mrs Romanov–which was shortlisted for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie, Dopamine Blunder, Attenuations of Force–also shortlisted for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie. Her first collection, Stealing Mercury, was a finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the winner of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book in Manitoba.
Lori is a past winner of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.
She is co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie and was a poetry editor for Contemporary Verse 2.
Lori has lived her whole life on the now verdant bed of a glacial lake.