June 21, 2017
Meritocracy in a Pale World
Inevitably, I find myself having this conversation:“Why does there always have to be preference or segregation? We should all be judged together and that the best literature will naturally rise to the ...
June 02, 2017
Special Feature: Coach House Books
One evening every September, a back laneway in Toronto fills with writers, artists, publishers and other bookish types. They gather at the annual Coach House Books Wayzgoose to raise a glass to one of ...
April 04, 2017
Kids Can Press wins Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year, North America
Toronto-based children’s book publisher, Kids Can Press, has been named Children’s Publisher of the Year in North America at the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair.The honour was awarded to Kids ...
February 02, 2017
My issue with social justice poetry
We need to have this discussion. As the world becomes a more unstable place, with more incompetent leaders, more writers will be driven to write and perform politically-driven poetry. But, most social ...
July 28, 2016
The Entitled Interview with Stuart Ross
July 31, 2016 - Poet and short story writer Stuart Ross has been a mainstay of the vibrant CanLit Indie press scene for years, carving out a niche for his witty, playful, and beautifully bizarre books ...
July 11, 2016
12 Reasons CanLit's Got Me Feeling so Tired
I sat through and wandered by a lot of literary industry panels at a recent event where the large majority of the industry panelists were white. And while it’s not an unusual experience in the CanLit ...
January 29, 2016
Poets in Profile: Steve Meagher
The poems in Steven Meagher's Navy Blue (Guernica Editions) capture the late night colouring of its title — exhilarating, sharp, urban and smart. It's an insightful debut that takes on everything from ...
January 14, 2016
The Entitled Interview with Phil Hall
Drawing on the wilds of rural Ontario and his own family and artistic mythology as inspiration, Phil Hall's four decades of poetic invention have influenced countless other Canadian poets. Often called ...
August 19, 2015
The Lucky Seven Interview, with Austin Clarke
There is only one Austin Clarke — a writer who, at this stage in his career, has gone beyond mere awards and honours (of which he holds many) to become part of the very fabric of Canadian culture.So ...