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Prison Industrial Complex Explodes


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$2,500 marketing and publicity budget Reviews in national and local media Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the author's readings and speaking engagements Social media presence: LibraryThing, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr Promotion on the Talon website ( Feature in BC Bookworld

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Mercedes Eng is a teacher and writer in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is the author of Mercenary English (CUE Books, 2013; Mercenary Press, 2016), a book that uses documentary poetics to explore violence and resistance in the Downtown Eastside. Her work has appeared in West Coast Line, Canada and Beyond, The Capilano Review, Geist, Jacket 2, on the sides of Burrard and Granville bridges as contributions to public art projects, and in the collective-produced movement-based chapbooks, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), Survalliance, and M'aidez (Press Release).


"Eng, through diligent research and persistence, has unearthed and given life to this unbelievable (but too damned real) indictment of our alacrity at putting our citizens in prison. Eng's case is clear and direct, she has ample, obvious, and odious proof that our joy of incarceration is aimed primarily at people of colour and it is rising rapidly." -Today's Book of Poetry
"An incredibly powerful and intimate exploration of the Canadian prison system and systematic racism through archival material and her own biography ... Furthering the work of what has come before her, this is the long poem realized in an entirely new way, all while articulating some very difficult terrain."-rob mclennan
"Simple - but not simplistic - lines such as `i think about that yellow bead a lot' reflect Eng's exquisite attention and make me feel intimately connected to the poet-speaker. ... [Other lines] reveal imagination and attention to lineation. ... At once powerful and beautiful, gentle and urgent, I await more from this voice." -Doyali Islam in the Globe & Mail

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