May 28, 2020
At the Desk: Claire Caldwell
Toronto poet Claire Caldwell's new collection, Gold Rush (Invisible Publishing), is a study of the various ways women can be considered settlers in their own time, and what effect that presence has had ...
April 30, 2020
Poets in Profile: Catherine Owen on Accepting the Muse, Tennyson's "The Eagle", and the Politics of Poetry
After addiction claimed the life of her spouse in 2010, poet Catherine Owen packed up and moved into an apartment on Vancouver's Fraser River. During her morning walks along the shore, she found in its ...
April 28, 2020
"If You Live Fully, You Will Write Fully" Gwen Benaway on Writing Memoir, Keeping Balanced, and Learning From The Past
Gwen Benaway's newest collection, day/break (Book*hug), finds the award-winning poet and essayist delving into the internal and external realities of life as a trans woman, unearthing her own history ...
April 23, 2020
"I Know Exactly What Made Me a Poet: Impatience" Grant Loveys on Being a Writing Addict, Killer Endings, and the Thunder of Yates
As its title suggests, the things, people, and situations in Newfoundland poet Grant Lovey's newest collection, Miscreations (ECW), are far from perfect. But that's precisely what makes them so fascinating.An ...
April 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
Poets in Profile: Conyer Clayton on John Berryman, Seeing the Big Picture, and Finding Acceptance
Originally from Kentucky, poet, multi-disciplinary artist, and gymnastics coach Conyer Clayton is a freshly-minted Canadian citizen who now calls Ottawa home. Her debut full-length collection, We Shed ...
April 14, 2020
Simina Banu Explores Love's Messy Aftermath in Her New Collection
When the acrid smoke of a painful breakup finally clears, what can be salvaged in its wake? It's in this new wasteland of junk food, lies, and other detritus that author Simina Banu's debut full-length ...
April 02, 2020
"A Title Is Like a Doorbell, Not a Doorway" April Writer-In-Residence Dani Spinosa On Her Subversive New Collection
It's National Poetry Month! A time for poets, publishers, and fans to read, share, and talk about their favourite poems and authors. The Canadian poetry community produces a wide variety of fearless, ...
March 31, 2020
Poets in Profile: Beatriz Hausner Talks Rimbaud, Growing Up with Poetry, and Canada's Need for International Literature
Toronto-based poet Beatriz Hausner's forthcoming new collection, Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (available April 16 through Book*hug) is an examination of humanity's long-standing love affair with, ...
March 23, 2020
Griffin Poetry Prize Planning Online Announcement of Shortlist and Winners
The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry has announced that they will be shelving this year's Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings and awards ceremony due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. The events, ...