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The Good Arabs: Montreal launch

September 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Save the date! Sunday, September 26 at 2pm. ***and save a RAIN DATE too*** if we’re rained out Sunday afternoon we’ll do a 5 a 7 Monday evening, and we’ll update you here.


Join Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch for an outdoor celebration of the publication of their second poetry collection.


Champs des possibles in Mile End (detailed directions to come!)


with special guests:
T Liem, Avery Lake, and Marcela Huerta


THE GOOD ARABS grounds the reader in place, language, and the body. Peeling and rinsing radishes. Dancing as a pre-teen to Nancy Ajram. Being drenched in stares on the city bus. The collection is an interlocking and rich offering of the speaker’s communities, geographical surroundings both expansive and precise, and family both biological and chosen.

ELI TAREQ EL BECHELANY-LYNCH is a queer Arab poet living in Tio’tia:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory. Their work has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 anthology, GUTS, Carte Blanche, the Shade Journal, The New Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. They were longlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2019. You can find them on Instagram and Twitter @theonlyelitareq. Their book knot body was published by Metatron Press September 2020. The Good Arabs is their second poetry collection.
AVERY LAKE is a worker and writer living in occupied Tiohtià:ke. She attended Concordia University and is not in the scene.

MARCELA HUERTA is the author of Tropico, a collection of poetry and creative nonfiction published by Metatron Press in 2017. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Peach Mag, Leste, Bad Nudes, Rat Chat Magazine, and more. She is the Poetry Editor at carte blanche magazine.
T. LIEM is the author of OBITS. (Coach House 2018), which was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award, and won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award as well as the the A.M. Klein Prize. Her writing has been published in Apogee, Plenitude, Room Magazine, The Boston Review, Grain, and elsewhere. She lives in Montreal, Tiohtià:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territories.


September 26, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Champs des possibles


Metonymy Press
438 338 4591