Author Tags: Downtown Eastside, Poetry
Exploring community in the emotional wake of the "missing women" from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, poet and editor Sachiko Murakami published The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks 2008) while employed by the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia. The Invisibility Exhibit was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.
In Sachiko's second collection of poetry, Rebuild (Talonbooks, 2011), Vancouver has become as much a city of cranes and excavation sites as it is of ocean and landscape. According to Talonbooks, "Her poetry dissects the urban centre through its inhabitants' greatest passion: real estate, where the drive to own is coupled with the practice of tearing down and rebuilding."
A former member of the Kootenay School of Writing, Murakami has an MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University. Having lived on Galiano Island, she has become a poetry editor for Insomniac Press, and has initiated ProjectRebuild.ca, an online collaborative poetry project. Born in 1980 and originally from Vancouver, she lives in Toronto where she co-hosts the Pivot Reading Series.
The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks 2008) $15.95 978-0-88922-579-4
Rebuild (Talonbooks, 2011)
[BCBW 2012] "Downtown Eastside" "Poetry" "Galiano"
Portrait of Sonnet as Missing Woman
Rebecca & Wendy & Yvonne &
Sherry & Lillian & Linda &
Sheryl & Laura & Elaine &
Mary & Nancy & Taressa &
Elsie & Ingrid & Catherine &
Elaine & Sherry & Gloria &
Teresa & Catherine & Kathleen &
Leigh & Angela Dorothy
& Stephanie & Jacqueline & Dawn
& Marie & Frances & Ruby
& Olivia & Cindy & Sharon
& Richard & Sheila & Julie
& Marcella & Michelle & Tania
& Tiffany & Sharon & Yvonne
From The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks $15.95) by Sachiko Murakami. 978-0-88922-579-4