Lunch Poems at SFU | Mona Fertig & Timothy Shay


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:00 PM


Teck Gallery in SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus 515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver, BC

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Timothy Shay born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1952 has resided in British Columbia since childhood. He currently lives and writes in Vancouver. Many of Shay's poems have appeared in magazines including Grain, Fiddlehead, CVII, Scrivener, This Magazine, Quarry, NewWest Review, West Coast Review, Qwerty, CBC Radio and the Rolling Stone. His work has been anthologized and he has several chapbooks to his credit. His early collection, This Cabin As The SS Titanic, Solstice Books, is out of print and his recent collection of poems, The Dirty Knees of Prayer was published by Caitlin Press this year. The poems in The Dirty Knees of Prayer offer a thin gruel of hope. Dark elegies are showcased against the former truculence and lying promise of history, the placebo of mythology. The wry humour of mourning in an age of grief. Shay reads often in public and produced and hosted the Hogan's Alley Open Poetry Readings for five years in Vancouver's Chinatown.


"...all Shay’s poems in The Dirty Knees of Prayer give eloquent voice to darkness, while the poet’s command of craft lets us listen absorbedly to the wisdom and insight his poems have to convey.”

-Tom Wayman

"The Dirty Knees of Prayer is a great baroque feast of beautiful poetry. We’re lucky to have it.”

-John Lent.


Mona Fertig is a poet, publisher and book artist. She studied at the Vancouver School of Art and was Special Events and Education Coordinator for the Surrey Art Gallery. She has been active as a literary organizer on the West Coast for over forty years. She is founder and Director of Canada's first literary center, the Literary Storefront in Vancouver, Gastown, which operated from 1978-1985. The VPL made her a Literary Landmark in 2016 with a plaque at the first address of The Literary Storefront, at 131 Water St. Fertig is a founding member of the Federation of BC Writers, the BC Book Prizes Committee and the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets; she has been a bookseller, literary event organizer, art curator, BC Rep of P.E.N. Canada, BC Rep of the Writers’ Union of Canada; Alcuin Society, ACP and LPG member, sat on numerous Canada Council and BCAC juries, and has been a host of a poetry show on Vancouver Co-op Radio in the 70s. She has published 16+ books and chapbooks, they include Mouth for Music (1979), 4722 Rue Berri (1986), Sex, Death & Travel (1998), Invoking the Moon–Selected Poems 1975-1995 (2006), The Unsettled (2010), The Life and Art of George Fertig (2010). She runs Mother Tongue Publishing, on Salt Spring Island and has published fiction, poetry and non-fiction by BC authors.