Soliloquies Anthology 22.1 Launch Reviews

Our online editors, Megan Hunt and Tyson Burger, on scene for our Soliloquies Anthology 22.1 launch!

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Megan Hunt: 

That’s a wrap!

Following a semester-long publication process, Soliloquies Anthology celebrated the launch of issue 22.1 on December 5th. Hosted at Divan Orange in Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood, Soliloquies’ contributors and fans spent the evening enjoying drinks and live readings. The night kicked off with a speech from our Editor-in-Chief Meredith Marty-Dugas, and was followed by readings from a talented set of authors, many of whom read work published in Soliloquies 22.1.

The first reader of the night was simon t.j.h-banderob, who read three pieces, two of which were published in Soliloquies. A passionate and enthusiastic poet, simon’s work explored everything from apples and garlic bulbs to bartending at funeral homes. His performance was followed by poet and Concordia Creative Writing student Bronwyn Haney. Bronwyn performed a number of poems, including “i am thinking about the colours”, which can be found in 22.1. Despite their very different writing and performance styles, both poets started the night off on an energetic note.

“It’ll be fun/ We’ll drink lemonade/ Out of plastic cups/ And we won’t touch”, read Tessa R. from her piece “untitled 2”. The poem was one of four untitled pieces published in 22.1, all of which she read at the launch. Tessa’s style was resonant, powerful, and without much audience banter, instead letting her work speak for itself.

Our prose author of the evening was Alejandra Melian-Morse, who read her stand-out short story “Fifth Sense”. From the opening line, “my mother smelled like summer — an earthy smell, full of life”, Alejandra had us taken on a visceral, heartbreaking journey.

“Is the moon waxing or waning tonight?/I thought that was a silly question to ask/about an object in free fall,” guest reader Fawn Parker read from D. Christie’s poem “hands cradling porcelain bowl”. While D. Christie was unable to make it to the launch, Fawn was still able to convey his powerful work to the audience before wrapping up the evening with a piece of her own. Fawn’s debut book, Looking Good and Having a Good Time, was published in 2015 by Metatron Press.

The evening was a lovely way to celebrate Soliloquies’ writers, editorial team, and readership. If you were unable to grab a copy of 22.1, you can pick one up for $5 at the CASE Concordia office (LB 656 at Concordia’s downtown campus).

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Tyson Burger:

On December 5th, Soliloquies Anthology 22.1 launched at Divan Orange. The venue was filled with people gathered to listen to and support its contributors and readers, to socialize, and escape the pouring rain outside. The low lighting in Divan Orange created a calm and relaxed atmosphere. After the doors opened, the sounds of people engaged in conversation and catching up with one another filled the room. At a little past 9 p.m., the readings began.  

The first reader of the evening was poet simon t.j.h-banderob, a previous editor for Soliloquies Anthology. He read three poems, two of which were published in Soliloquies 22.1. Simon’s poetry was visual and envelopingparticularly his last poem, which described a funeral reception from the perspective of a bartender.

Next was Bronwyn Haney, a Creative Writing student at Concordia. Hearing Bronwyn’s poetry read aloud was quite different from reading her poetry in the journal, where she made use of creative formatting that had a jarring effect. Her reading added a new dimension to the poem that complemented it. Her imagery is cohesive, colourful, and adds depth to the words, both spoken and written.

Tessa R., also a Concordia University student, read her poetry. It juxtaposed moody imagery with humor and brevity. One example is in her poem “untitled 1”: “Popping zits and eating lasagna/ not at the same time, but it makes you/ feel gross thinking about it”. Her reading was creative and didn’t take itself too seriously, which lightened the atmosphere at the venue and had the audience laughing.

Alejandra Melian-Morse read a gripping short story called “Fifth Sense” about the death of the character’s mother. Alejandra is a Masters student at Concordia in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and she uses “what she learns from people in the [Anthropology] field and in her own life” to inform her prose, according to her bio. The story made brilliant use of memory, and engages the senses, adding richness to the anecdotes and contrast to the state of the dying mother.

Fawn Parker, author of Looking Good and Having a Good Time (Metatron Press) was the last reader of the evening. Her fast-paced, stream of consciousness poem was delivered with excellent fluidity and visually descriptive diction. Her reading was an excellent conclusion to the event.

Each reader of the evening was met with an enthusiastic applause thanks to their delightful poetry and prose and our supportive attendees. The Soliloquies Anthology masthead would like to thank the readers, contributors, and attendees for joining us at the launch. We would also like to thank the Divan Orange, Caius du livres, CASE, and ASFA for their steadfast support. We are extremely proud of Soliloquies Anthology 22.1 and everything that went into making it. If you haven’t yet bought a copy you really shouldwe know you won’t regret it.