February 05, 2019
Who I Think About When I Write … It’s Probably You: A List of Questions to Ask Yourself About Audience as You WriteBy Naseem Hrab
I find it really challenging to write a picture book without imagining its audience. In whose hands will the finished book end up? What will make them pick it up? Will they find my story satisfying? To ...
January 30, 2019
My Reading Year: What I Learned from Reading 275 Books in 365 DaysBy A.H. Reaume
The other day I told a friend that I'd read 275 books in 2018 and he responded by laughing and declaring emphatically, "That's a reading year!"I think that's an excellent way to describe my past year. ...
January 23, 2019
“Psychically, process was a funnel . . .” an Interview with Caroline SzpakBy James Lindsay
Teasing language until it threatens to go ballistic, Slinky Naive, Caroline Szpak’s debut collection, is sheer sonic joy; a sensual, linguistic hodgepodge worthy of Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Legris ...
January 15, 2019
On Re-Fusing CanLit--Or Why We Need Integrity, Community, and RosesBy A.H. Reaume
In a lot of the trauma memoirs I’ve been reading lately, I see the same metaphor used to describe the process of healing. You’ve likely heard it too. It compares healing from trauma to the Japanese ...
December 12, 2018
Beyond the Possible: On World BuildingBy Amanda Leduc
Sometimes, I think about what would have happened to Frodo and Sam if, during their journey across the land to Mordor, Frodo had fallen down a jagged slope of rocks and broken his leg.Would Frodo, delirious ...
December 04, 2018
“I want my poem to embody this poem-like feeling.” - An Interview with Mark TruscottBy James Lindsay
For years Mark Truscott has digging out his own unique niche in Canadian poetry, one with intense focuses on language, minimalism, and abstract inquiry. Branches, his latest collection, is something of ...
November 22, 2018
Calling All Aspiring Authors: Never Ask an Illustrator to Illustrate Your Picture Book for FreeBy Naseem Hrab
A few weeks ago, I was in a local tavern with some friends—a few of them are professional illustrators. They were drinking overpriced mocktails and commiserating about the emails they get from aspiring ...
November 14, 2018
On Fairy TalesBy Amanda Leduc
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live…[w]e look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition ...
November 06, 2018
An Interview with Paul VermeerschBy James Lindsay
Self-Defense for the Brave and Happy, the sixth collection by poet, professor, artist and editor. Paul Vermeersch, feels like a flashlight found in a blackout. By his own admission, when writing the poems, ...
October 23, 2018
Bad Reviews and Broken Hearts: How to Deal with All the FeelingsBy Naseem Hrab
First: Spend several years working on you—I mean, a manuscript. Revise each draft based on feedback from your therapist—I mean, editor. Get Tinder—I mean, get publishing deal. Agonize over each ...