March 01, 2017
Geometry Made Into Poetry: A conversation with Mark Kingwell about the game of baseballBy Stacey May Fowles
For baseball devotees, whether they be of the emotional or analytical type, this time of year is one of hope, renewal, and endless possibility. Over the past few weeks, baseball players from across the ...
February 27, 2017
Book Criticism Is Not Book PromotionBy Bardia Sinaee
Most people won’t read most books. It seems like a truism, but it’s an important fact to keep in mind if you’re thinking of reviewing a book. Whether it’s a brief write-up in an industry magazine ...
February 22, 2017
The Same Aspirations Persist: An Interview with Cameron Anstee, editor of Apt. 9 PressBy Ben Ladouceur
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 alreadyBy Jael Richardson
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)By rob mclennan
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 1By Susan Hughes
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 bookBy Stacey May Fowles
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 WriterBy Bardia Sinaee
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 CountrysideBy Ben Ladouceur
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 MatukBy James Lindsay
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 ...