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The Same Aspirations Persist: An Interview with Cameron Anstee, editor of Apt. 9 Press
In 2016, three of the five chapbooks nominated for the bpNichol Chapbook Award came from the same press, Ottawa’s Apt. 9 Press. One of those Apt. 9 Press nominees, Nelson Ball’s Small Waterways, ultimately ...
February 14, 2017
It's Black History Month and I'm tired already
A recommendation for a new kind of BHMWhen I was in high school, February was always a busy month. Every January, the black students who were dancers and musicians, writers and performers, would get together ...
February 10, 2017
Ottawa finally gets a city Poet Laureate (again)
In case you weren’t aware, we’ve recently been celebrating the fact that VERSe Ottawa, the organization responsible for the organizing of Ottawa’s annual VERSeFest poetry festival, has announced ...
February 07, 2017
Kid Lit Can: Spotlight on Middle Grade Fiction - Part 1
Happy 2017! This month and next, I’m spotlighting middle-grade (MG) novels -- stories written for readers who are generally within the 7 to 12-year-old age range. I’ve written one MG novel (Island ...
January 24, 2017
The Fraught Finish Line: Writers talk about the end of the book
The act of finally finishing a book comes with its own unique set of emotions. Some, of course, are fairly obvious—you spend weeks, months, and years of your life on a single project, writing and rewriting, ...
January 19, 2017
Anyone Can Write, But Not Everyone Can Be a Writer
Anyone can write, but not everyone can be a writer, in the same way that anyone with a bit of money can take music lessons or try horseback riding, but landing a record deal or competing in the World ...
January 16, 2017
This Was the Countryside
In Buttermere, the land hugs the lakes. Some of the lakes contain islands. Some of these islands are so small, they lack roots. They bounce from point to point, as slowly as fingernails grow. To make ...
January 03, 2017
An Interview with Nyla Matuk
Searching for the root of modern identity, Nyla Matuk’s Stranger (Signal Editions, 2016) is as much cultural critique as it is confessional. Matuk questions the divisions we make between private and ...
December 14, 2016
5 Ways to Show Some Love to the Little Known Author in Your Life
Chances are you probably know an author. Maybe they published a book a few years ago or maybe their book is quite recent. Unless they won a major award this year (and even if they did) they’re probably ...
December 12, 2016
Kid Lit Can: What’s So Funny about Kids’ Books? Part 2
Welcome back to part 2 of my funny Q and A blog. With funny authors. About funny children’s and YA books.Please welcome these four talented and very funny children’s and YA writers who have generously ...