Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 8:30pm
Parts and Labour, 1566 Queen Street West



A full dose of pre-Halloween bizarro fun as poet and music reviewer Natalie Zina Walschots talks to writer Liz Worth (author of Treat Me Like Dirt) about boozecans, broken glass and people who don’t remember how they got home at the end of the night at the launch of Worth’s new book of poetry, Amphetamine Heart. Featuring a poetic performance with theremin by Liz Worth, readings by Walschots and poet Jim Johnstone, an array of grotesquely fascinating freakshow stunts from Triage, a movie short, and the oddly sweet sounds of the grungy, punky garage rock band, comprised of former members of the Tijuana Bibles and The Threat, The Weirdies. Presented by This Is Not A Reading Series, Guernica Editions and Literary Press Group of Canada.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 
Parts and Labour, 1566 Queen Street West 
Doors open at 8:30; Event starts at 9:00
Admission is $5.00 or FREE with a book purchase

Amphetamine Heart Filtered through insomnia and distress signals, Amphetamine Heart pumps out an atonal pulse over flashes of lowered inhibitions. Channelling punk and heavy metal influences, this poetry collection’s soundtrack is set to a backdrop of boozecans and broken glass. Written over a three-year period, these poems are linked by discomfort and decay, frequently capturing the urgency of paranoia and self-harm. Amphetamine Heart is about excess and the imbalance that it brings. It’s about people who don’t remember how they got home at the end of the night. It’s about broken illusions and the dark undercurrents that often permeate party culture. Amphetamine Heart is being published as part of Guernica’s First Poets Series, which features first full poetry collections by writers 35 and younger.

LIZ WORTH is a Toronto-based writer. She is the author of the soon to be rereleased Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond (October 2011, Bongo Beat/ ECW Press) and a piece of surreal punk fiction called Eleven: Eleven. Amphetamine Heart is her first poetry collection. For more information about Liz, visit her at or at her blogspot  where she documents little pieces of her life  and the conversations she’s had with cool people.

Natalie Zina WalSchots’ first book of poetry, Thumbscrews, won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was published by Snare Books in 2007. Her next book, DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains, is forthcoming from Insomniac Press (Spring 2012).  Her poetry has recently appeared in Carousel, Broken Pencil, The Peter F. Yacht Club, dANDelion, ditch, Last Supper, Misunderstandings Magazine, Open Letter, and Rampike, and is forthcoming in Matrix and dead gender. Natalie completed her MA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. She has served as the Managing Editor of both filling Station and dANDelion magazines. She also co-curated the Flywheel reading series from 2005 to 2008. She recently served on the executive board of the Scream Literary Festival as the Volunteer Coordinator, and she worked as a writer-in-residence through the NOW HEAR THIS!/S.W.A.T. Program, the literacy outreach arm of the Descant Arts & Letters Foundation. Natalie now writes live concert reviews, album reviews, interviews, blog posts, and articles for, Alternative Matter, Angry Metal Guy, About Heavy Metal and Exclaim!. She is the Managing Editor of, and contributor to, Canada Arts Connect. Along with designer Eugenia Catroppa, Natalie recently founded Golden Spruce Entertainment, a promotions and writing/design/merch company specializing in heavy music. Her base of operations is located in Toronto. Visit Natalie at

JIM JOHNSTONE is a Toronto-based writer and physiologist. He is the author if three books, and the winner of Matrix Magazine's 2011 LitPop Award for Poetry.

TRIAGE burst onto the performance art scene in May 2011 and hasn't looked back. Veteran sideshow freak Nymphetamine teams up with new comers Kiara and Puppet Doll to bring audiences the most thought provoking and beautifully presented array of classic and extreme stunts. Innovative and original, the all female troupe laughs at fear and pain while performing stunts that make most people cringe and scream to watch, Triage is not a show for the squeemish or faint of heart.

THE WEIRDIES: Comprised of former members of the Tijuana Bibles and The Threat, The Weirdies released their first record, The Weirdies in 3D, in 2008. Exclaim described it as “fun, loud, raunchy and flat-out awesome,” having “the swagger of the Detroit Cobras and the classic riffs of the MC5.” The Montreal Mirror gave it 8/10, calling it “Drags-style snotty garage punk with flourishes of trashy rock ’n’ roll à la” The Weirdies have played with Shonen Knife, Jon Spencer’s Heavy Trash and Bob Log III. Their sophomore outing Volatile sees the Toronto garage-punks exploring the unstable world of love gone bad. Visit The Weirdies at:

GUERNICA EDITIONS: Founded in 1978, Guernica Editions was named after the Spanish city left in ruins after an aerial raid in 1937, the same city whose victims Picasso immortalized in the canvas that has become renowned for its appeal for peace. Guernica’s name is consistent with its mandate: to publish prose, poetry, non-fiction, and drama that reflect its commitment to a social agenda. Guernica represents a synthesis of various cultural, linguistic, and literary traditions.

THE LITERARY PRESS GROUP OF CANADA: The LPG is a not-for-profit association of Canadian literary book publishers. Its mandate is to foster the survival, growth and maintenance of Canadian owned and operated publishing houses. Primarily an advocacy organization, the LPG also offers several projects to publishers, including the Sales Force, an advertising project, Sales and Marketing initiatives, and the distributor LitDistCo. For more information, please visit

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.


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