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 ...
December 06, 2016
Ask & Answer Post-Tour
In the spring of 2015, I became aware that fellow multi-disciplinary Toronto artist, Chase Joynt, was publishing his first book, You Only Live Twice. A long time admirer of Chase's work, I immediately ...
November 28, 2016
Six Tips For the Tired Activist
Earlier this year, Quill & Quire referred to me as an activist on the cover of their February 2016 issue. I felt flattered, invigorated. I felt motivated by the call and the work. Today, just nine ...