Poetry. LEAVING MILE END is Jon Paul Fiorentino's seventh collection of poetry and tenth book—a collection of poems that documents the daily din and clatter of cafés, galleries, and dive bars that make up Mile End in Montreal, perhaps the most artistically vibrant neighbourhood in the world. But this is no ordinary tour—we take a sharp turn and go online as Fiorentino mines the peculiar linguistic resources of a new world of doxxing, swatting, snarking, trolling, catfishing, and shaming. While addressing the disconnect between the way we treat each other online and the way we treat each other irl, LEAVING MILE END provides a new framework for understanding what it means to be home in 2017.
Ian McGillis @ Montreal GazetteJonathan Ball @ Winnipeg Free Press
Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of the short story collection I'M NOT SCARED OF YOU OR ANYTHING (Anvil Press, 2014), the poetry collections, LEAVING MILE END (Anvil Press) and NEEDS IMPROVEMENT (Coach House Books, 2013), the novel Stripmalling, which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and five previous poetry collections, including THE THEORY OF THE LOSER CLASS, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize and INDEXICAL ELEGIES which won the 2009 CBC Book Club "Bookie" Award for Best Book of Poetry. He has written for The National Post, Walrus, Maisonneuve, subTerrain, The Huffington Post, The Montreal Gazette, The Barnstomer, New American Writing, Hobo, Joyland, The Capilano Review, Event, The Winnipeg Review, The Queen Street Quarterly, fillingStation, Prism International, Opium and many other publications. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches Creative Writing at Concordia University, is the editor- in-chief of Matrix magazine, is a poetry editor for Joyland, the poetry editor for the Snare Imprint of Invisible Publishing, and the fiction editor for the Serotonin/Wayside Imprint of Insomniac Press.Author City: MONTREAL, QC CAN