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Literary Holiday Parties: Moure, Reimer, Savigny

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You're having a holiday party, and can invite any number of literary figures, living, dead, or fictional - who's invited, and why?

Here and in the coming weeks, I'll post the many answers I received to this question! Today's theme is "answers from more awesome poets".

Erín Moure

Ah when I think of dinners I have to leave out some writers who might not want to eat my cooking! (for I imagine I am cooking it)… and some literary figures have never written a book but are the grandest of dinner companions and conversationalists: Chus Pato, Federico García Lorca, Martín Codax, Elisa Sampedrín, Alberto Caeiro, Judith Butler, Robert Majzels, Karis Shearer, Lisa Robertson, Oana Avasilichioaei, Robert Duncan, Daphne Marlatt, Phyllis Webb, Robin Blaser, David Farwell, Kim Fullerton...

Nikki Reimer

Late Dead Writers of Note Party:

Frank O’Hara because every party needs an alcoholic bon vivant or two or three and I need someone to be maudlin with me at 4 in the morning.

Edward Gorey because every party needs a shy, cat-loving, brilliantly macabre cartoonist. Also I would hope for a little former-roomie drama with O’Hara.

Kathy Acker because she’s Kathy Fucking Acker.

My brother because every party needs a DJ with impeccable musical taste. Chris was never claimed to be a writer, but there are some beautiful little pieces of writing in his notebooks that I’d like to ask him about. And if Edward Gorey felt awkward and retired to the next room, Chris would go hang out with him.

Hannah Weiner so that we could all see words on each other’s foreheads.

Gillian Savigny

As sentimental as it sounds, for me the holidays always feel magical so the invite list for my holiday party would include a cast of miraculous and enchanted characters. The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings from Marquez’s short story, Geryon the winged red monster from Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, Sophie Fevvers from Angela Carter’s A Night at the Circus, Odette from Swan Lake, Ariel and Puck, and the jolly Ghost of Christmas Present, who I would seat at the head of the table. I would let each of the guests bring a plus one because seeing who they would bring would be half the fun of the night and I would let the Mad Hatter plan the menu, oversee food prep and serving, and curate the after dinner entertainment.



Erín Moure is a Montreal poet in English and Galician and translator of poetry from Galician, French, Portuguese and Spanish to English.

Nikki Reimer lives and writes in Calgary, where she misses Chris Reimer every day. She is author of [sic] (Frontenac 2010) and has 2.5 manuscripts in the works.

Gillian Savigny has studied and worked in cities across Canada. She holds a B.A. honours degree in English Literature from Queen's University and an M.A. degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Concordia University. She lives in Toronto, where she works in the nonprofit sector. Her first collection of poems is Notebook M (Insomniac 2012).

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