St. John’s book launch party for I Dreamed I Was an Afterthought (Guernica Editions).
A reading by Allie Duff, followed by a solo set from Liz Fagan!

Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm!
PWYC cover and books for sale for $20.

(PLUS you can stick after the book launch for the Fogged Up Comedy show and karaoke!)


A sometimes satirical reflection on hope in a time of hopelessness, the poems in I Dreamed I Was an Afterthought use stubborn humour to grapple with the anxiety of moving forward during late capitalism. While many of the poems are set in Newfoundland, the book also echoes the universal experience of loss, leaving, returns, and never being able to return. The first section of the manuscript, titled “Some Disasters,” introduces real and imagined catastrophes. The St. Lawrence tidal wave, the history of resettlement, and the Muskrat Falls debacle stand next to poems that live in an imagined future where the capelin refuse to roll and snow refuses to fall. The second section is titled “I dreamed I was an afterthought.” Here, the eclectic poems turn to a more personal perspective of place, struggles with mental illness, and a feminist exploration of familial relationships. In “Of No Returns,” movement through time and space is tinged with the same lurking fear of irreversibility, a fear which has been amplified during the pandemic. There is a yearning for the “before times,” a time which may or may not exist.

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Liz Fagan is a multilingual singer/songwriter from St John’s. They find song ideas in bits of conversations, from the experiences of love and pain, and the complex world of communication. Liz Fagan Band ‘w debut bilingual EP Leaning In/Se pencher vers was released March 22nd.

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Start Date

May 23, 2024 - 18:30


Erin’s pub

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