J. M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Reading

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  • June 2, 2024
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Don’t miss the chance to meet the 2024 J. M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award nominees at The Carleton, 7 pm, Sunday, June 2nd. Poets will be reading from their nominated books! Bookmark will sell the nominated titles, and authors will be available for book signings.  Tickets for this very special event are only $10 + HST.

Hosted by: Sue Goyette


  • Joe Bishop, Indie Rock, University of Alberta Press
  • Matthew Hollett, Optic Nerve, Brick Books
  • Sadie McCarney, Your Therapist Says It’s Magical Thinking, ECW Press
  • Fawn Parker, Soft Inheritance, Palimpsest Press
  • Harry Thurston, Ultramarine, Gaspereau Press

Joe Bishop‘s first collection of poetry, Indie Rock, was published by The University of Alberta Press in 2023. He also authored a chapbook, Dissociative Songs, that was published by Frog Hollow Press in 2021. Joe’s work has appeared in literary journals from around the world, including new work set to appear in The Frogmore Papers, out of the UK. He lives in St. John’s.

Matthew Hollett is a writer and photographer in St. John’s, Newfoundland (Ktaqmkuk). His work explores landscape and memory through photography, writing and walking. Optic Nerve, a collection of poems about photography and visual perception, was published by Brick Books in 2023. Album Rock (2018) is a work of creative nonfiction and poetry investigating a curious photograph taken in Newfoundland in the 1850s. Matthew won the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize, and has previously been awarded the NLCU Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, and The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem. He is a graduate of the MFA program at NSCAD University.

Sadie McCarney’s books are Live Ones (University of Regina Press, 2019) and Your Therapist Says It’s Magical Thinking (ECW Press, 2023). Her work has appeared in places including Best Canadian Poetry, The Walrus, Grain, The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, The Gay & Lesbian Review, and CV2, among others. She lives in Charlottetown.

Fawn Parker is a SSHRC-funded PhD student at the University of New Brunswick and a Giller-nominated author of five books, including the forthcoming auto-novel Hi, It’s Me (McClelland & Stewart 2024).

Harry Thurston has written thirty books of poetry, natural history, and memoir, the latest a collection of poems, Ultramarine (Gaspereau Press, 2023). He has received the Lane Anderson Award for science writing in Canada and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award in the United States, as well as the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and Dartmouth Book Award. Thurston lives in Tidnish Bridge, Nova Scotia, and is a Mentor in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program at University of King’s College.