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Photo credit
Shauna Kaendo
Kevin Spenst
BIO
Biography

Kevin Spenst is the author of the poetry collections Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press, 2015),  Ignite (Anvil Press 2016), and Hearts Amok: A Memoir in Verse (Anvil Press 2020) along with over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press, 2013), Ward Notes (the serif of nottingham, 2016), Flip Flop Faces and Unexpurgated Lives (JackPine Press 2016), and Upend (Frog Hollow Press, 2018). In 2019, he was writer-in-residence at the Joy Kogawa House. His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including Event, the Malahat Review, subTerrain magazine, Prairie Fire, CV2, the Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Best Canadian Poetry 2020 and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds. He is an occasional co-host at Wax Poetic on Co-op Radio. He lives in Vancouver on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.

ADDRESS
City: Vancouver, Province/Territory: British Columbia
EMAIL
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Hearts Amok: a Memoir in Verse
Publisher
Anvil Press
Year
2020
Title
Ignite
Publisher
Anvil Press
Year
2016
Title
Jabbering with Bing Bong
Publisher
Anvil Press
Year
2015
AWARDS
Awards
Name
Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry
Publication
subTerrain Magazine
Year
2012
LINKS
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
any size
Presentation Genre
poetry; lyric essay; micro-fiction/flash fiction
Presentation Length
one hour
Presentation Description
Presentation description

I do poetry presentations in high schools and I often give talks at universities and colleges. I'm always keen to learn something new. 

Presentation Fee(s)
200 per hour
Workshop details
Audience Size
9 to 12
Intended Audience
adult
Workshop Length
three hours
Workshop Description
Workshop description

I've given writing workshops across the country for beginners or more experienced writers.

Workshop Fee(s)
50
School presentation details
Audience Size
one or two classrooms
Intended Audience
high school students
Presentation Length
one class block
Presentation Description
Presentation description

I've given dozens of workshops over the past five years in high schools all around the lower mainland. We read poetry, do some writing exercises and then end by making small chapbooks. 

Presentation Fee(s)
200 an hour
Programs & Interests
Interested in participating Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
All members are eligible for the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program. Are you interested in participating in this pro
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
The Union’s Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program funds in-person visits to northern Ontario schools when possible. Ar
No