December 03, 2019
Becoming Bigger Than Ourselves
In mid-November, a few days after I’d returned to Vancouver from the Singapore Writers Festival a week prior, I saw an owl.I was in a jet-lagged haze at dusk, on my way to the convenience store to get ...
December 02, 2019
A Literary Love Story: Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson Explore Toronto's Lit. Scene of the 60s and 70s in New Podcast
For those interested in discovering (or re-living) Toronto's vibrant literary community of the 1960s and 70s, the newest installment of House of Anansi's 128 Sterling podcast ought to be required listening.In ...
November 28, 2019
"What's on the Page Is the Only Thing That Counts" Poet Bruce Meyer on Finding Inspiration and the Power of a Good Ending
For most of us, and especially in this day and age, life moves at a terrifyingly accelerated rate. We are permanently busy, focused on whatever is coming up next, unable (and, in some cases, unwilling) ...
November 26, 2019
Read an Excerpt from Richard Harrison's 25: Hockey Poems, New and Revised
Winter is fast approaching, and for many Canadians that means bundling up, strapping on some skates and hitting the ice. From highly-organized leagues to friendly pick-up games on a local pond, our nation's ...
November 25, 2019
Festival season is over, and I’m still reeling from all the conversations and questions that have arisen offstage. What it is about the magic of writers without microphones, with cups of coffee and ...
November 20, 2019
"When One Is Always Looking out for a Poem, the World Begins to Speak" Mohineet Kaur Boparai on the Craft and Mysticism of Poetry
Mohineet Kaur Boparai's newest collection of poetry, Polychromasia (Mawenzi House), tackles the many different shades and frequencies of life, both in India and abroad. Issues of love, caste, patriarchy ...
November 13, 2019
Getting Fancy: Guest Authors of the 2019 Writers' Trust Gala on Gorgeous Gowns, Schmoozing and Their Dream Dinner Guest
The Writers' Trust Gala, arguably the glitziest event of the fall literary award season, is a very special night. Canadian authors and guests of the gala come together to raise money for several important ...
November 11, 2019
Eleven Ontario Poets Included in 2019 CBC Poetry Prize Longlist
While we always like to celebrate the large amount of literary talent in Ontario, this is an extra-special reason! Poets from the province made a strong showing during the announcement of the 2019 CBC ...
October 23, 2019
The Surgical Evolution of a Poem
Last spring one of my students confessed that she wasn’t sure what she was writing was real poetry because she didn’t know a lot about technique and form, and she was concerned that her poetic toolbox ...
August 20, 2019
Writing Through Trauma Is Writing Through Forgetting
A few days ago, I finished writing a short story. A new short story. Because my fiction is drawn from my life, I journalled first, did a freewrite, and then outlined the first half of the story to nudge ...