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How to Pronounce Knife (Little, Brown; McClelland & Stewart; Bloomsbury; April 2020)

"These poignant and deceptively quiet stories are powerhouses of feeling and depth; How to Pronounce Knife is an artful blend of simplicity and sophistication"-Mary Gaitskill

"I love these stories. There's some fierce and steady activity in all of the sentences--something that makes them live, and makes them shift a little in meaning when you look at them again and they look back at you (or look beyond you)"-Helen Oyeyemi

"Souvankham Thammavongsa writes with deep precision, wide-open spaces, and quiet, cool, emotionally devastating poise. There is not a moment off in these affecting stories."-Sheila Heti

Cluster (McClelland & Stewart, March 2019)

"One of the most striking voices to emerge in Canadian poetry in a generation"-The Walrus

"Remarkable"-Toronto Star

"One of Canada's leading minimalists and technicians of negative space"-Quill & Quire

Light (Pedlar Press, 2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry

"This new collection confirms Thammavongsa's place as one of the most interesting younger poets at work in the country."-Globe and Mail

"[T]his collection is a landmark in contemporary poetry."-Trillium jury

Found (Pedlar Press, 2007)

Now a short film by director Paramita Nath, screened at film festivals worldwide including TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, Dok Leipzig and other places.

Small Arguments (Pedlar Press, 2003), winner of the ReLit award for poetry and Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award

"Here is a delicate and graceful hand naming the fragile materials of poetry."-Dionne Brand