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 ...
June 20, 2019
On Synchronicity and Writing: The Path Back to Myself
Last month, I had the privilege of going on a road trip across Northern BC as part of an author’s tour organized by the BC and Yukon Book Prizes, for which my book of poems, Port of Being, was a finalist. ...
March 05, 2019
An Interview with Ashley Obscura
“What place does the slow-moving technology of love have in our world?” Plainspoken but never simplistic, the writing of Ashley Obscura and her press, Metatron, is emblematic of many of the young ...
February 28, 2019
Poetry School: Dana Gioia on the matter of poetry
Twenty-eight years ago US poet Dana Gioia’s essay “Can Poetry Matter?” was published in the Atlantic, sparking “a firestorm of debate and discussion” over the role of the poet in contemporary ...