DEL BUCCHIA, Dina




Author Tags: Poetry

With an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, Dina Del Bucchia has written a monthly column for Canada Arts Connect and created her own one-woman show Not a Shiksa. She has been a finalist for the 2011 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.

According to her publisher, Talonbooks: "Dina Del Bucchia was born in the Trail Regional Hospital and grew up in the small village of Fruitvale, B.C. She spent much of her formative years watching all manner of television and most of her working life has been spent in bookstores, both independent and big box. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She writes a monthly column for Canada Arts Connect magazine, and her writing has appeared in literary publications across Canada, and as art in Old Friends’ exhibition, Funny Business. She is a literary event coordinator and host, performed a one-woman show at the 2005 Vancouver Fringe Festival, and has appeared at comedy events around Vancouver. She has taught creative writing to children and teens at the Vancouver Public Library and as part of the Vancouver Biennale’s Big Ideas program. Del Bucchia was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Vancouver."

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."

[Photo: Talonbooks]

BOOKS:

Rom Com (Talonbooks 2015) $17.95 Co-written with Daniel Zomparelli 978-0-88922-960-0

Blind Items (Insomniac Press 2014)

Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks 2013) $16.95 978-88922-764-4

[BCBW 2015]