Poetry Month 2012: Jon Paul Fiorentino - SUMMARY: EXCITABLE SPEECH AND PERFORMATIVITY
Jon Paul Fiorentino's first novel is Stripmalling which was shortlisted for the 2009 Hugh MacLennan Award for Fiction. His most recent book of poetry is Indexical Elegies which recently won the 2010 CBC Book Club Award for Best Book of Poetry. He is the author of the poetry books The Theory of the Loser Class which was shortlisted for the 2006 A.M. Klein Award for Poetry and Hello Serotonin and the humour book Asthmatica. He is the editor of 20 books including Blues and Bliss: the selected poems of George Elliott Clarke, Career Suicide: contemporary literary humour, Post-Prairie – a collaborative effort with Robert Kroetsch, (Talonbooks, 2005). He lives in Montreal where he is a professor of creative writing at Concordia University, and the Editor of Matrix Magazine and Snare Books.