May 14, 2020
Bring Back the Good ‘Ol Days of Getting Lost in FictionBy Chelene Knight
“The anonymous woman in bed beside me adamantly shakes my shoulder.”—Amber Dawn, Sodom Road Exit“Sometimes we would hide in the closet when the drunks came home from the bar.”—Tanya Tagaq, ...
May 08, 2020
When My Mind is Frenzied, I Don’t Read—I ListenBy Natasha Ramoutar
Being read to is a luxury.Growing up, there were no bedtime stories in my household, at least none that I can remember. There were true stories traded around dinner tables of course, but there was none ...
May 05, 2020
Making Time: Finding Healing with Yayoi KusamaBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Yayoi Kusama. You know her. You took a selfie in the Infinity Mirror Room at the AGO. You’ve seen her polka dots all over the Internet. You’ve seen her sobering gaze, her blunt bob.On April 15, Kusama ...
April 24, 2020
A Crip Writer’s Advice for Surviving a PandemicBy A.H. Reaume
“Write a book!”“Finish your memoir!”“Turn all this fear and grief into brilliant poetry!”As we have all now found out, the cultural imperative to be as productive as possible doesn’t disappear ...
April 22, 2020
All of this listeningBy Naseem Hrab
It was hard to write this column. Like everyone else, I’m all for trying to grasp at normalcy where I can, but I don’t have many writing tips to share right now. (Actually, I do have one writing tip: ...
April 16, 2020
KiPoWriMoBy Nancy Jo Cullen
Remember February? It was a whole lifetime ago in this pandemic moment. In retrospect, it seems innocent to have hated on winter so hard, to have been holding out for March and the advent of spring when ...
April 07, 2020
Book Therapy: Cordelia Strube’s Misconduct of the HeartBy Stacey May Fowles
“I so wanted things to be normal.”“They can’t be normal. Make a new normal.”—Cordelia Strube, Misconduct of the HeartFrom the moment we went into isolation, people were making jokes. I don’t ...
April 01, 2020
Guest Column: What exactly is a ‘rights sale’?By Emily Ferko
Have you ever wondered how books rights are sold, and what kinds of rights are in play when a book is published? Many published authors are still mystified by some of these aspects of publishing, so we've ...
March 25, 2020
Making Time: Blueprinting, or How Durga Chew-Bose Showed Me the Kinship Between Music and WritingBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
On the first day of social distancing due to COVID-19, I woke up with my synthesizer beside me. I sat up in bed and stabbed some keys for an hour, fed it into my laptop, put it all aside, and returned ...
March 21, 2020
Trips Down Memory Lane: On Inhaling Old NotebooksBy Chelene Knight
I’ve always envisioned Fall as the best season for fresh starts and rebirth, while Spring has always been a reflective season where I look back at previous months and years while documenting and acknowledging ...