Nov 162016


Honoured to have collaborated with Viorica Hrincu and Melissa Soleski on Moniker Press’ newly released publication; 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.

Poetry Viorica Hrincu
Illustrations  Melissa Soleski
Layout — Erica Wilk & Melissa Soleski

Edition of 150
Risograph printed and Published by Moniker Press
Vancouver, BC — 2016

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.


fol-cl — Book Launch & Reading
Friday, November 25th, 2016
2-236 E Pender
7 to 10pm

“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.”

“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.