Book Launch and Reading November 18 2016, 0 Comments

I'm happy to announce my first official Book Launch with, an illustrated book of poetry and collaborative project between myself, poet Viorica Hrincu, and artist Erica Wilk. Read on for details on when and where you can find us and how you can support our project.  

Friday November 25th from 7-10pm

2-236 E Pender St, Vancouver BC

Courtesy of VABF: Book Launch & Reading

Join the Vancouver Art Book Fair at our Monthly Open Studio:, a book launch and reading for Moniker Press’ newly released Risograph publication by the same name. In this collaborative poetry chapbook about entanglement, writer Viorica Hrincu and illustrator Melissa Soleski combine poetry and drawings to explore themes of hair, loss and the reorientation of oneself in relation to standards of feminine beauty.

"at this point,
even a cough
gently encourages
my hair to aggregate
into clumps.
I’m sure it’s never
been this easy to
gather individuals towards
a common goal.
On the floor,
shower walls
-classic spectators
of people
who are falling

— Excerpt from the poem "air.h" by Viorica Hrincu.

"As women, we're told that it's only acceptable to have hair on our heads, and literally nowhere else on our bodies." — Viorica Hrincu

Poet and scientist Viorica Hrincu is bald. She was diagnosed with alopecia a less than a year ago. Alopecia only affects hair growth and is neither painful nor life-threatening. The poems in draw from Viorica’s experience, uncovering a sense of empowerment through loss. Combined with the delicate illustrations of Melissa Soleski, the publication not only deals with societal views on beauty, but also explores the inner and even biological connection between hair and identity.

Poetry reading will begin at 8pm. Copies of will be available at the event for $20.


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VIORICA HRINCU is a local scientist who also writes poetry. Believes emotions are (partly) cognitive, which is not her area of research. Not partial to rhyme, but does it sometimes.

MELISSA SOLESKI is a visual artist originally from Edmonton, Alberta. She relocated to Vancouver where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Illustration at Emily Carr University. More often than not, her work acts as an internal self-portrait. Dealing with anxieties of the inner self, her illustrations provide a sense of childlike naivety combined with the grotesque and neurotic. —

MONIKER PRESS is a Risograph publishing studio that works collaboratively with artists and writers to produce small editions of books, zines and print ephemera. —

Copies of can also be ordered online:

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DIRECTIONS TO THE EVENT: Please follow the signs from the front door of 236 E Pender Street and enter around back in the alley. Knock loudly to be let in.

Monthly Open Studio events are hosted approximately every third Friday of the month. This edition was organized by Erica Wilk and presented in partnership with Moniker Press.