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Kate Hargreaves's second poetry collection, tend, will be released by Book*hug Press Oct. 13, 2022.

49th Shelf Most Anticipated 2022 Fall Poetry Selection

CBC Fall 2022 Poetry Preview

Visceral and playful, tend reflects the intimate awkwardness of modern life. Hargreaves’ latest collection explores feelings of being distanced from loved ones, physically and emotionally; striving to be better (at chores, at intimacy); and tending to the things that fracture. These poems are anchored in the body, straining the edges of spaces that bodies and language inhabit: between sealing in and digging out; restlessness and isolation; memory and planning for the future; gaps in texts and reiterations. tend is an immersive work, as validating as it is illuminating.

“These poems are an elegant romp through tangled city gardens and teeming waste bins of memory and human consciousness. The domestic realm is a wilderness, a trash heap, a broken string of pearls. All at once, this beautiful book is the milky crystal on the green chain, the broken eggshell in your compost, the lost slipper through a rotten board. tend takes your hand.” —Shannon Bramer, author of Precious Energy

“Clever and controlled, tend grounds you in the gross and astounding musculature of language, and doesn’t skimp on the viscera. The poems in this collection gather and sing to the ways in which we tend to ourselves, to the world, and to others—and how so often these messy, generous acts bleed together. Through rituals, commands, instructions, and advice, Hargreaves expertly engages a variety of tactics and wields a distinct yet collective lyrical voice with a scalpel-like precision. I felt like I lived in the body of every poem, and every poem lived in the specific, chaotic detritus of the world.” —Domenica Martinello, author of All Day I Dream About Sirens

tend is a master class in poetic restraint. Hargreaves’ brilliance lies in her ability to cleave poems to their core, to ‘strip words/like veins from a leg/or bones from a fish.’ She is ruthless in her delivery—stacks lines together like kindling for a fire, drops a lit match and walks away, leaving the reader to smoulder.” —Adrienne Gruber, author of Q & A

tend is an apiary of lists buzzing with to-dos that lilt and tilt. Hargreaves skillfully merges a miscellany of terms and quicksilver minutes into a work of persistence. Day-to-day knickknacks slip next to gentle warnings and medical debris. A work full of mettle.” —Christine McNair, author of Charm

"There are some really magnificent and powerful shifts, eddys and pivots in these poems, offering a subtle and delightful patter blend of sound and rhythm across some dark and difficult meanings." —rob mclennan, periodicities : a journal of poetry and poetics





Sixteen-year-old Robin Ellis (aka Robin CookieJars) wants to be the best jammer on her roller-derby team and maybe one day play for the Creek City Roller Derby All-Stars like her idol, Annie Mossity. But star junior player April Reid (aka April Powers) always seems to be one lap ahead. Until recently, that is. Robin has noticed that April has been losing a lot of weight, and her game is suffering. This may be Robin's chance to finally grab the MVP title. But her success may come at a very heavy cost.

"An engaging read. It will be an excellent addition to any collection that serves tweens."—CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This novel inspires the reader to eat well, play hard, and appreciate the sport of roller-derby!” — Resource Links

Ages 9-12. themes: eating disorders, body positivity, female empowerment, inclusivity, mentoring young girls. 152 pages.

Part of the Orca Sports Series. 

Orca Sports stories engage middle-schoolers and teens with fast-paced plots and easy-to-read language. Topics include a variety of team and individual sports. Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 4.5; Interest level ages 10+. 



Quill and Quire 2014 Fall Poetry Preview Selection

49th Shelf Most Anticipated 2014 Fall Poetry Selection


In Leak, the relationship between language and the body lives in the bumps and bruises that in turn become new ways of understanding the borders and leaks of our everyday existence. Bodies lose pieces and fall apart, while words slip out of place and letters drop away. Emergency room signage becomes incomprehensible, the census requests bodily measurements, a cyclist confuses oil with her own blood. This visceral deconstruction of the body and its multiple representations tests the boundaries of body politics – pathologically, emotionally, and lyrically, pathologically, emotionally, and lyrically.


"Inside Kate Hargreaves's stunning new book, words bite and yawn and breathe the page, chipping away at the dictionary, diagnosing the alphabet. A tour de aperture, these poems will leak from your tongue into your brain, gushing pleasure: pleasure: pleasure: pleasure." — Nicole Markotić

"With deliberate caprice, Kate Hargreaves executes, deranges, disentangles, fractures, accidenting language into dazzling constellations." — Rosemary Nixon

"Leak is an exciting poetic debut which performs a relentless and passionate anat- omy through syntax that spills, kicks, craves, bloats, sheds, and spits. Hargreaves reminds us that, for worse and for better, parts of speech and speaker tend to gurgle beyond their notional grammars. Read it and gush."  — Susan Holbrook


"Hargreaves portrays a distinct violence in being, specifically in being a woman, that is apparent even from her table of contents (“Heap / Chew / Skim / Pore / Chip / Peel”) which focuses on words that are both domestic and torturous. Leak experiments and plays with language and the result, like the book as a whole, is both pleasurable and painful, indulgent and subversive." — Contemporary Verse 2


"Leak is a sensory and tactile gem." — Room Magazine


"Leak is striking for the sounds [Hargeaves] generates, allowing the language to roll and toss and spin in a fantastic display of gymnastic aural play so strong one can’t help but hear the words leap off the page."— rob mclennan


"A bruising book of bruises, of both body & mind, Leak refuses to play down the internal & external wounds we all suffer, & sometimes even seek." — Eclectic Ruckus


Talking Derby: Stories from a Life on Eight Wheels is Kate "Pain Eyre" Hargreaves' love letter to the sport of roller derby. A derby skater since 2010, Hargreaves takes readers behind the scenes, both on and off the track, into the world of women's flat-track roller derby. Her vignettes play with language and humour, incorporating the sport's unique terminology and culture, as well as a glimpse into the very real athleticism and powerful friendships of its players. With a full glossary of derby terms, including "jammer," "goat," and "cougaring," this book is perfect for derby fans, fresh meat, or those who are looking for their first introduction to the sport. Talking Derby thrusts smelly gear under its readers' noses and proudly displays its bruises.


"I'd recommend Talking Derby to any skater, friend or fan of roller derby. If you don't know anything about the sport, this is a great way to learn. If you're a skater, the story telling is so good here that it jogs up all those pivotal moments that are just… everything… Great book, first of its kind, this one goes to 11." — Bonnie D. Stroir


“I loved this book! Pain Eyre beautifully captures the sights, sounds and smells of this often-misunderstood sport. From jamming through shopping malls to saying goodbye to old knee pads, the derby everyday is portrayed with humour, wit and a genuine love of the game. If you are already a roller derby junkie, or you want to learn more about this unique community, read this book!" — Luludemon


"Pain Eyre nails the lingo…from snot rags to the stink of our gear. She allows a peek into the wacky world of roller derby. A refreshingly fun way of capturing the spirit of roller derby!" — Georgia W. Tush


"Talking Derby is onomatopoeia heaven! Pain Eyre does a fantastic job of capturing the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures, and the sensuous cacophony that is roller derby. This is no leisure lifetime activity! Time warps, it's fervid and you feel alive, and there's only one way to experience it: in the here and NOW! Talking Derby really nails that essence, and I. Am. In. To. It." — Scald Eagle

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