June 21, 2018
On the business of writingBy Jen Sookfong Lee
In 2002, when I formed my writing group (still going strong!) with June Hutton and Mary Novik, we made a promise that we would always, always share our experiences with the business of writing—the shadowy ...
June 01, 2018
On MiddlesBy Ben Ladouceur
Recently I sat at the booksellers’ table during a poetry reading. This is best-case scenario seating. You might feel a little nervous that you’ll spill your drink on hundreds of dollars of merch, ...
May 29, 2018
What I Wish Every Aspiring Children’s Author Knew About PublishingBy Naseem Hrab
It seems like book publishing is a mysterious, captivating industry to many people. It barely gets represented in pop culture and when it does get featured (Elf and Fatal Attraction come to mind), ...
May 25, 2018
“A poem discloses something,” an Interview with AF MoritzBy James Lindsay
If there is such a thing as an eternal place, poetry of AF Moritz inhabits it. In his work, history, myth and nature provide scaffolding that holds epic-minded verse, at once in awe of beauty and trembling ...
May 21, 2018
On racialized motherhood, writing, and sleep deprivationBy Jen Sookfong Lee
The day before my son’s due date, I sent what I thought was the final draft of The Better Mother to my editor. The baby’s bedroom was finished: yellow walls, penguin stencil, gingham curtains. My ...
May 03, 2018
An Interview with Jeff LatosikBy James Lindsay
“A poem is an acquaintance with the contradictory complete experience and hopefully affirms human life.” The tender, humanistic poetry of Jeff Latosik can feel deeply refreshing at this particular ...
April 25, 2018
On respectable narratives and why diversity on the page mattersBy Jen Sookfong Lee
Growing up, I was very particular kind of Chinese girl. I attended Chinese school on Saturdays. I took piano lessons. My report cards were always the best in my class. I played first clarinet in my school ...
April 06, 2018
“In my poetry, I make room for what escapes stories,” an interview with Bänoo ZanBy James Lindsay
Bänoo Zan is one of those incredible poets that give back to poetry and community more than they take. As well as being the author of two collections of poetry, she is also an educator, translator and ...
March 21, 2018
On writing politically, or how not to make your fiction sound like a lectureBy Jen Sookfong Lee
When I started writing my most recent novel, The Conjoined, I began with the idea of subverting classic crime fiction, something that I thought would be a fun bookish game. What if I could write a literary ...
March 16, 2018
An Interview with Justin Million, host/star of KEYBOARDS!By Ben Ladouceur
For the last few years, Peterborough poet Justin Million has been hosting (starring in? living? breathing?) a weird interpretation of the poetry reading called KEYBOARDS! As with any reading, poems are ...