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This Is Embarrassing! A Poetry Night with Dina & Daniel

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Upstart & Crow Studio


Join us on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. for a journey of embarrassments! Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli, the authors of two brand-new poetry collections with Talonbooks, will lead us in a discussion about the awkward in modern art. How do we use the thing we dread most to make poetry? Let’s talk about it!

The writers will read from their old and more recent work, along with works of other artists to demonstrate how embarrassment can become fodder for art and comedy. And if you have a poem about embarrassment and want to read it at the event, please let us know! Email dmzomparelli@gmail.com with your poem to apply.

Let’s cringe, enjoy a drink, and laugh off old embarrassing moments together. We’ll have beer and wine for sale. This event is free, but please RSVP here as capacity is limited.

About the authors:

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of the new poetry collection You’re Gonna Love This (Talonbooks, 2024), the short-story collection Don’t Tell Me What to Do, and of three other poetry collections: Coping with Emotions and Otters, Blind Items, and Rom Com, the latter written with Daniel Zomparelli. She is an editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine, the artistic director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, and a co-host of the podcast Can’t Lit with Jen Sookfong Lee.

Daniel Zomparelli is the author of the new poetry collection Jump Scare (Talonbooks, 2024). He is the founder of Poetry Is Dead magazine. His first book of poems, Davie Street Translations, was published by Talonbooks in 2012. He is a former co-podcaster at “Can’t Lit” with Dina Del Bucchia, with whom he co-wrote Rom Com. His collection of short stories, Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person, was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, won the ReLit Short Fiction Award, and has been translated into German, French and Spanish.

More about Upstart & Crow:

Located on Granville Island, Upstart & Crow is a literary arts studio for curious readers and creative storytellers alike. We are international in our outlook, and local in our sensibilities. We create opportunities to surface new talent and champion bold ideas through events, workshops, literary launches, unique partnerships — and yes, we also sell books!

Health precautions:

We want this event to be fun and safe. Masks are welcome, though we won’t enforce them. We hope that folks who come will be vaccinated and boosted and will stay home if they feel ill.


The main studio of our shop is accessible for folks with mobility aids. There is a washroom on the main floor available for attendees.

Questions: hello@upstartandcrow.com.

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