Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Entry 3: Jeramy Dodds and Nick Thran

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Entry 3: Jeramy Dodds and Nick Thran

Jeramy Dodds

Books: Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books, 2008)

Cred: Get your green goggles ready. Dodds won the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and CBC Literary award in 2007. CTTH won the 2009 Trillium award and was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert and the Griffin Award.

Relevance: Dodds spent several years placing pieces in journals and winning several coveted awards before releasing CTTH. The gestation time was worth it: that book enjoyed all the success a first poetry book is likely to have, culminating in a nomination for the Griffin Award in 2009. Dodds’ work – oblique but affecting; surreal but never disconnected – always seems to somehow diminish any label applied to it. One half the muscular lyricism of a Ken Babstock or Karen Solie and one half the unfettered linguistic play of a Christian Bok or Margaret Christakos, Dodds book signalled, I think, a desire to stop classifying work as lyrical or experimental by writing something that drew from both traditions and could be claimed by neither. Good poetry is the only classification, really, and Dodds has much of it to share.

A video of Jeremy reading his standout poem “The Epileptic Accupuncturist.”

Nick Thran

Books: Every Inadequate Name (Insomniac, 2006)
Earworm (Nightwood, 2011)

Cred: Thran has published in Arc, The Walrus (forthcoming next month), the National Post among other journals and magazines du jour. His first book was nominated for the Gerald Lampert award. Thran has a rare worldliness, having grown up in Spain and Southern California; he currently resides in Brooklyn NY where he is enrolled in NYU's prestigious creative writing program.

Relevance: Thran’s excellent debut “Every Inadequate Name” was, to my eye, highly conspicuous for several reasons. Only 26 at the publication of EIN, Thran wrote in a plain-spoken style that traded the bucolic for a hipper, more energized urbanity. While never easy, Thran’s ability to sustain a compelling lyric voice through a landscape populated with Laundromats, Radiohead songs, and little league football games made him unique. Since then, Thran has gone on to deepen and improve his distinct constellation of themes as his poems have become more artful and considered. A seasoned, consumately well-read poet, Thran is poised to release his phenomenal second collection “Earworm."

I’ll be posting an interview with Thran on Friday where he talks about his new collection. Below is a link to “756*” a poem Thran wrote about Barry Bonds. I’ll be referring to it in the interview I post with Thran, and it’s more than worth your time to read.



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Jeff Latosik

Jeff Latosik’s first book, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger (Insomniac Press), was published in Spring 2010.

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