ZOMPARELLI, Daniel




Author Tags: Poetry

Everything is Awful and You're a Terrible Person (Arsenal Pulp $15.95) is a collection of short stories by poet Daniel Zomperelli about gay men looking for love - in any way possible.

With cheeky and insouciant wit, Davie Street Translations (Talonbooks $16.95) by Daniel Zomparelli brashly and slyly celebrates the gay culture of Vancouver's West End in a series of poems that speak directly to and for those with gay sensibilities. Zomparelli's first book of poems, includes tributes to his Vancouver idols Billeh Nickerson, George Stanley and Michael V. Smith.

Described—or perhaps prescribed—as an antidote to a dating culture complicated by texting, meet-up apps and pervasive images in the media, Rom Com (Talonbooks $19.95) by Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli skewers the universal appeal of romantic comedies with 25 "humorous yet heartbreakingly honest" poems about modern love "steeped in nostalgia, sex, homoeroticism, race, consent, and popular culture––from irreverent verses exploring All the Places to Meet the Love of Your Life to Matthew McConaughey’s rock-hard abs." This co-written collection asserts that the romantic comedy movie genre has had an overall damaging influence on contemporary conceptions of love. Featuring paper doll cutouts of each author on the book’s flaps, Rom Com combines a playful and sassy approach with serious criticism, "poking fun at our tendency to hold out for Mr. or Mrs. Right."

Daniel Zomparelli is editor-in-chief of the bi-annual Poetry Is Dead magazine and recipient of the 2011 Pandora's Collective Publishers of Magazines Award. Zomparelli is also program coordinator for the Megaphone magazine Community Creative Writing Program, which offers free creative writing classes for low-income and homeless people. He writes for and works with several magazines across Vancouver, including Geist, Megaphone, Sad Mag, Granville Online and, formerly, Adbusters.

BOOKS:

Davie Street Translations (Talonbooks 2012) $16.95 978-0-88922-683-8

Rom Com (Talonbooks 2015) $17.95 Co-written with Dina Del Bucchia 978-0-88922-960-0

Everything is Awful and You're a Terrible Person (Arsenal Pulp Press 2017) $15.95 978-1-55152-675-1

[BCBW 2017]