Pure magic

“It doesn’t ‘get better.’ Read the queers who have lived before you. Gird your loins.” Kirby, Behold

“Let’s have a gay moment, shall we?”

TORONTO 20-23 Jan 7pm SOLD OUT [knife | fork | book benefit]

MONTREAL 18 Feb SOLD OUT [Private Salon Event]

BOOKING INFO TO BRING KIRBY TO YOUR LIVING ROOM OR INTIMATE VENUE CONTACT: knifeforkbook [at] gmail [dot] com Subject line: Behold

Coming to a living room near you.

“Let’s have a gay moment, shall we?”

TORONTO 20-23 Jan 7pm SOLD OUT [knife | fork | book benefit]

MONTREAL 18 Feb SOLD OUT [Private Salon Event]

BOOKING INFO TO BRING KIRBY TO YOUR LIVING ROOM OR INTIMATE VENUE CONTACT: knifeforkbook [at] gmail [dot] com Subject line: Behold

Winter fun[draising]

These past two winters, I read poems nightly as a way of staying connected through the pandemic, honing in on my craft, and hopefully a comfort of sorts to reader and listener.

This winter, we’re in the throes of raising funds for knife | fork | book, the press and mounting this year’s Fertile Festival of New & Inventive Ideas [11-20 August 2023 Remote Gallery Toronto] with Guest Curators Hoa Nguyen and Klara du Plessis.

During KFB’s fundraising drive, for every donation received, [either through Patreon or by scanning the code below], I’ll read a poem and post it on my Instagram in thanks.

You may also be aware of a series of staged readings, Behold, I’m giving to benefit KFB. Two of the six nights are SOLD OUT, with few tickets remaining.

Help us continue what we do with panache. Poetry. Well-served.

KIRBY Behold

“How is it you and I are both still alive?”

Before the pandemic, I was rendering a stage adaption of THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF, slated to workshop that summer. Now expanded to include new writing, I’m giving a series of intimate staged readings this winter to benefit KFB.

Like most everything I’ve written, it’s a romance. – KIRBY

KIRBY Behold

Four intimate workshop performances to benefit knife | fork | book

An audience of ten per performance in a downtown Toronto living room setting. Address/es instructions will be shared with ticket holders on the morning of the performance; Approximate running time 1 hour 30 minutes.


20-23 January 2023 7PM SOLD OUT [Thank you!]

Limited Edition BEHOLD Poster & Pamphlet also available.

Stunningly so

“Like its author, Kirby’s stunningly good book Poetry is Queer defies categorization. It’s part memoir, part history of gay Toronto, part commonplace book (though—again, like its author—Kirby’s writing is anything but commonplace), part cultural travelogue, part guide for living (“If you’re gonna stew, make certain it’s not only edible, but delicious”), part queer manifesto, part meditation on the body, part poignant self-reflection, part celebratory self-examination, and absolutely always gloriously Kirby.”

K. R. Wilson, Call Me Stan: A Tragedy In Three Millennia

Scott sings


It’s delightful, It’s delicious, it’s delectable, It’s delirious
It’s dilemma, it’s de-limit, it’s deluxe
It’s de-lovely

– Cole Porter

KIRBY POETRY IS QUEER [Palimpsest Press]

Produced and recorded by DON PYLE

Complete. Unabridged. Read by the author.


Full moon

from the set-list POETRY IS QUEER Toronto Launch BLACK EAGLE last night

The Full Moon of July 13 happens to be the biggest and brightest of all the Full Moons of 2022 — the ‘perigee’ supermoon!

Full moon. Black Eagle. Toronto. Last night. An encounter between particles resulting in exchange or transformation of energy. A perfect collision to launch the Purple Love Chunk.

It was well worth the wait.

Full moon, full receptive house, many familiars from treasured communities. My local. The street where I live.

To Carlos, Frank, the two Steve’s, and Jacob at the Eagle, Don Pyle serving music, Will Manning at the book table, Aimee & Jim at Palimpsest, and every face that shone back at me in attendance. “It has indeed been grand.”

Thanks for making it so.


NOTE: The audiobook for Poetry Is Queer (Palimpsest Press) is OUT TOMORROW read in its entirety by me, recorded by Don Pyle . I’ll include link here once it’s active.


My first gig in Toronto was a solo show at The Rivoli, GWM performed naked in a bathtub, followed by Anal Pleasures, at the Cabana Room on Spadina, premiering The Battle of the Flesh at The Music Gallery, a few stints at Rhubarb!, launching Cock & Soul at This Ain’t the Rosedale Library, sitting in bath towels at the Spa on Maitland passing poppers for The World is Fucked and Sometimes Beautiful, She’s Having A Doris Day in Kensington Market with CA, doing a “buddy-booth” sex tour on the streets of Montreal (This Is Where I Get Off), with go-go boys at KFB, launching PIQ with a ukulele band in Harbourville, Nova Scotia, and now thrilled to announce the Official Toronto Launch of my newest Poetry Is Queer at my local haunt on the street where I live, The Black Eagle. The Don Pyle will serving music, and yes, I’ll be serving up Kirby. All are welcome [19+] Come. Celebrate with me.









Yes, she’s 63 and having this much fun.

Thrilled to be a part of 10×10‘s 10th thanks to the brilliant photographer THOMAS BRASCH for making it really easy & pretty. And, the inclusion of my favourite line in PIQ, priceless.

Buy the book. Attend the reception/show.


Thanks to BRUCE KAUFFMAN, host of finding a voice CFRC 101.9fm for recording and posting our recent reading at Novel Idea, Kingston ON, along with other archival treasures to be enjoyed/downloaded.

June 3, 2022, 5-6pm – second hour of a two hour show, continuing with that May 25th Kingston book launch/reading at Novel Idea Bookstore you’ll then hear the remainder of that event with Sadiqa de Meijer reading from her books: Leaving Howe Island, The Outer Wards (Véhicule Press), and alfabet/alphabet (Palimpsest Press), Jim Johnstone reading from his Infinity Network (Véhicule Press), and Kirby from Poetry is Queer (Palimpsest Press).


London Days. Part Two.

London Days. Part Two. Everything you want on a successful roadtrip: Brilliant travel companions, Bee & Finner. A killer used bookshop with a 1/2 price basement sale. An invite to a famous local artist’s home to peruse through her work while devouring hot chocolate buns. A cordial host in a stunning downtown performance space. An expert in-house technician, Jack. A full-house of old friends and new friends. Two dear friends sharing portraits of lives that touched them, including each other. A warm reception. Michael Gira guiding us through a snow squall home.

Thanks to our hosts Kevin Heslop (42×81) and the team at TAP. To Emma & booksellers at the Attic. I love Angie V. Quick. The publishers at Rose Garden. David, Shane, Karen and all who held space with us. And my beloved friend Don Pyle, so glad we’re here to do this thing.


Caitlin, I am overjoyed to be Shaking the Sheets beside you. To more laundry & issues! – Kirby