December 12, 2018
Beyond the Possible: On World BuildingBy Amanda Leduc
Sometimes, I think about what would have happened to Frodo and Sam if, during their journey across the land to Mordor, Frodo had fallen down a jagged slope of rocks and broken his leg.Would Frodo, delirious ...
December 04, 2018
“I want my poem to embody this poem-like feeling.” - An Interview with Mark TruscottBy James Lindsay
For years Mark Truscott has digging out his own unique niche in Canadian poetry, one with intense focuses on language, minimalism, and abstract inquiry. Branches, his latest collection, is something of ...
November 22, 2018
Calling All Aspiring Authors: Never Ask an Illustrator to Illustrate Your Picture Book for FreeBy Naseem Hrab
A few weeks ago, I was in a local tavern with some friends—a few of them are professional illustrators. They were drinking overpriced mocktails and commiserating about the emails they get from aspiring ...
November 14, 2018
On Fairy TalesBy Amanda Leduc
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live…[w]e look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition ...
November 06, 2018
An Interview with Paul VermeerschBy James Lindsay
Self-Defense for the Brave and Happy, the sixth collection by poet, professor, artist and editor. Paul Vermeersch, feels like a flashlight found in a blackout. By his own admission, when writing the poems, ...
October 23, 2018
Bad Reviews and Broken Hearts: How to Deal with All the FeelingsBy Naseem Hrab
First: Spend several years working on you—I mean, a manuscript. Revise each draft based on feedback from your therapist—I mean, editor. Get Tinder—I mean, get publishing deal. Agonize over each ...
October 10, 2018
A Tribute to Literary FriendshipsBy A.H. Reaume
“Are you a writer?” I asked the girl standing on the other side of the table.I was manning a booth for a writing program at an outdoor literary festival. It was cold and attendance was down. Most ...
October 04, 2018
An Interview with Shazia Hafiz RamjiBy James Lindsay
“My Instinct was to Listen and Notice in Order to Survive.” - Shazia Hafiz RamjiIn her debut collection, Port of Being, Vancouver poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji manages to take the personal and make it into ...
October 01, 2018
Why Does It Take So Long to Make a Picture Book?: Or, How To Get Really Good at WaitingBy Naseem Hrab
I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t prepared for all the waiting I’d have to do in life. And when it comes to writing, you do a lot of waiting. Waiting for inspiration to strike. Realizing that ...
September 27, 2018
Coming to VoiceBy Carrianne Leung
I worked on this piece while at a residency for BIPOC writers in the fall of 2017. I did not pick it up again when I returned. While workshopping it there, I was not convinced it captured what I was trying ...