July 04, 2018
Dayne Ogilvie Winner Ben Ladouceur on the Intense Craving to Read beyond His Own Intersections
In June, Ben Ladouceur added the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ+ Writers to his list of honours (which already included the Earle Birney Poetry Prize and a Lambda nomination). The 12-year old ...
June 19, 2018
Ben Ladouceur Wins 2018 Writers' Trust Dayne Ogilvie Award for LGBTQ Emerging Writers!
We could not be more excited to announce that Ben Ladouceur is the winner of the 2018 Writers' Trust Dayne Ogilvie Award for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.Ben is the author of the acclaimed poetry collection Otter (Coach ...
June 01, 2018
Recently I sat at the booksellers’ table during a poetry reading. This is best-case scenario seating. You might feel a little nervous that you’ll spill your drink on hundreds of dollars of merch, ...
May 17, 2018
Writers' Trust Announces Finalists for 2018 Dayne Ogilvie Prize LGBTQ Emerging Writers Award
Today the Writers’ Trust of Canada announced the three finalists for the 2018 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. The $4,000 prize is presented annually to an emerging writer from the lesbian, ...
March 16, 2018
An Interview with Justin Million, host/star of KEYBOARDS!
For the last few years, Peterborough poet Justin Million has been hosting (starring in? living? breathing?) a weird interpretation of the poetry reading called KEYBOARDS! As with any reading, poems are ...
January 30, 2018
Behind Every Story, A Less Interesting Story
Lillian is trying to write a good play. When progress alludes her, she tears the false starts out of her typewriter, scrunches them up into balls, and kicks over the wastebasket that brims with bad drafts. ...
December 27, 2017
Reading Books While Desperately Avoiding Loneliness
There was a tree surrounded by countless of its kind, but also all alone, as the only one alive. Its nearby kin debarked and digested, steamed into slop, robbed of their resin and lignin, cleaned, screened, ...
August 16, 2017
Considering the Incomplete
I love to buy something then cut it in half. I did this recently with a product called the World’s Best Dishcloth and felt like a genius. Now I had two dishcloths and they were both the best dishcloth ...
July 31, 2017
An Interview with David O’Meara, organizer of the Plan 99 Reading Series
In the Manx Pub, a basement bar on Ottawa’s Elgin St., there’s a slim shelf of books – lots of poetry, but also some prose. The books are often browsed, often borrowed, and often returned. They’re ...
May 24, 2017
Happy Birthday, Marian Engel!
Today is the eighty-fourth birthday of Marian Engel, or it would be, had the novelist not died of cancer in 1985. Now, instead of a person, she is a name, survived like all people by her family and friends, ...