June 27, 2018
Mentors & Allies 5: David Chariandy
When I think about writers whose words have influenced me, those powerful words are usually nothing more than a short line, phrase or fragment that embeds itself in my mind. Writers who have lodged their ...
June 26, 2018
Mentors & Allies 4: Hazel Millar
I cannot tell you how many times I have emailed Hazel Millar at Book*hug. Whether it was a question about my contract, a reminder about an event, festival, or reading, or just me blathering on about something, ...
June 25, 2018
Mentors & Allies 3: Jónína Kirton
Everything happens for a reason. A person enters your life at a specific time, and specific place for a reason. When I met Jónína Kirton, her energy wrapped my body like a hug I had been so desperately ...
June 23, 2018
Mentors & Allies 2: Meghan Bell
When I first met Meghan Bell I was immediately aware of her ability to come up with amazing project ideas. During one of my first editorial meetings at Room magazine, Meghan was chatting about this idea ...
June 22, 2018
Mentors & Allies 1: Jen Sookfong Lee
Jen Sookfong Lee told me to write a novel. No, wait. I tried to pass off a book-in-progress as a book of short stories and she said it felt more like a novel. I think that was a nice way of saying, Chelene, ...
June 21, 2018
Tweet Tweet: 14 Things: Redacted
I am a strong believer of three things:writing is a privilegesometimes you get it wrongthe best writing is in the revision writing is a privilegeTwo summers ago, I published an essay about my child ...
June 16, 2018
Tweet Tweet: writing and publishing as acts of resistance: a continuation in three acts
@erica_mojo: “@poetchelene I really appreciated your participation in the closing panel of #BookSummit18. Commanding, empathetic, supportive. Glad I got to hear you speak.” @poetchelene: “Thank ...
June 11, 2018
Tweet Tweet: A City’s Past & Present: Remapping Vancouver
@poetchelene: After reading and researching about the setting in my novel I felt compelled to recognize the city as a character. #hogansalleyfactorfiction “Junie stood on her balcony overlooking the ...
June 09, 2018
Tweet Tweet: Self-Care for Writers
@poetchelene “It's time to take a self-care hour! #amwriting #projects”People keep saying that they see me everywhere. How do you do all of this? Great question, I have no idea, but I do know how ...
June 03, 2018
Tweet Tweet: Form and Structure: Ripping Stitches
@lethal_heroine: “Love the way this book by @PoetChelene is structured. Each chapter is an apartment or hotel room she & her mother lived in. I felt those mattresses, looked out those crummy windows, ...