Homes – Book release focusing on the Great Lakes

Poet and artist Moheb Soliman’s Trans-Great Lakes Book Tour comes to Toronto through Type Books.

Virtually. His recent debut HOMES collection (Coffee House Press, 2021) explores themes of nature, modernity, identity, belonging and sublimity through the site of the Great Lakes Bioregion / Frontier. He will be joined by incredible local poets Phoebe Wang (Admission Requirements, McClelland & Stewart, 2017) and Sarah Dowling (Entering Sappho, Coach House, 2020). Together they will read and talk about the intersections of their work and practice and engage in a discussion with the audience.


HOMES maps the Great Lakes coastline, from the rocky north coast of Minnesota to the Thousand Islands of eastern Ontario. Part poetry of post-modern nature and an immigrant travel story, HOMES maps the shores of the Great Lakes, from the rocky north coast of Minnesota to the Thousand Islands of eastern Ontario. In a context of environmental destruction and a history of colonial oppression, the vitality of the language of Suleiman brings a daring ecopoetic perspective to the relationship between the ephemeral and belonging to the largest frontier and the most porous in the world. A finalist for a Heartland Booksellers Award, HOMES is also on Ecotone Journal’s shortlist of Most Anticipated Independent Press Releases of 2021.

Read a review of Ecolit. Read a review from World Literature Today. Read an excerpt from the book in Split Rock Review.

Biography of the poet

Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest. He has presented writings, performances, installations and videos in various literary, artistic and public spaces in the United States and Canada with support from the Banff Center, Pillsbury House, the Joyce Foundation and others. He is a graduate of the New School and the University of Toronto and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was Program Director for the Arab-American Literature and Film Organization Mizna before accepting an Artist Fellowship. Three-year-old Tulsa.

Sarah Dowling is the author of Entering Sappho, DOWN and Security Posture, which received the Robert Kroetsch Prize for Innovative Poetry. Literary critic and poet, Sarah’s first academic book, Translingual Poetics: Writing Personhood under Settler Colonialism, was a finalist for the Lora Romero Award from the American Studies Association. Sarah is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Comparative Literature and Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Phoebe Wang (she) is a first generation Chinese-Canadian writer and educator. She is the author of Admission Requirements (McClelland & Stewart, 2017), shortlisted for the Gerald Lambert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and nominated for the Trillium Book Award. Her second collection of poetry, Waking Occupations, will be released in the spring of 2022. She has also published fiction and non-fiction in The Brick, The New Quarterly, The Globe & Mail, The Unpublished City anthology and Refuse: CanLit in Ruins. She is a poetry writer for The Fiddlehead magazine and writer in residence at the University of New Brunswick in 2021-2022.


“HOUSES by Moheb Soliman is a fascinating study of the differences between place and fate—“ It was a port that sank, ”he writes,“ not a freighter. »Through the collection we visit places of travel, places of life, places of escape. Other times it is a vacant position that we visit. “You are not arriving,” says a poem, “The place is coming. Such a dizzying wandering both illuminates and disturbs the eponymous idea of ​​home. Suleiman’s wild and expansive leap – geographic and psychic – is in itself worth the price of admission; the haste, the verve. But ultimately what excites me most about this collection is its claim that for some of us there is only one place, one house: the one inside our own. spirit.

—Kaveh Akbar

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