November 21, 2017
An Interview with Canisia Lubrin
“I think memory, or more specifically, history, plays a role in how we understand ourselves." - Canisia Lubrin. The encyclopedic poetry of Canisia Lubrin simultaneously works on intellectual and cerebral ...
October 30, 2017
An Interview With Phoebe Wang
“Like jarring a sore bone, you wince, and the poem gasps out of you...” - Phoebe Wang The geography of Phoebe Wang’s Admission Requirements feels like it’s always in a state of flux. The speaker ...
May 17, 2017
“What If Everyone Is Having the Same Thoughts, but in a Different Order?” an Interview with Suzannah Showler
Thing Is, the latest collection of poetry from Suzannah Showler, shares a tone that fits somewhere between the quirky intellect of This American Life and the dream-logic ambles of Sleep with Me. It ...
March 13, 2017
An Interview with Adèle Barclay
“I'm not too interested in the reader needing to understand the private language...” - Adèle BarclayAdèle Barclay’s BC Book Prize nominated If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach out for You (Nightwood) ...
January 03, 2017
An Interview with Nyla Matuk
Searching for the root of modern identity, Nyla Matuk’s Stranger (Signal Editions, 2016) is as much cultural critique as it is confessional. Matuk questions the divisions we make between private and ...
August 25, 2016
When I Read a Really Amazing Poem It Feels like It's Working Some Sort of Magic on Me, an Interview with Cassidy Mcfadzean
Hacker Packer, the debut collection from Cassidy McFadzean, is a wild destination wedding between the colloquial and the archaic. So much is happening at this party, one is tempted to slow down, even ...
June 27, 2016
“These Two Things Are One,” an Interview With Kilby Smith-McGregor
Kilby Smith-McGregor’s debut poetry collection, Kids in Triage, explores the in-betweens that exist just out of sight. Psychology/biology, art/philosophy, literature/legend all expose their connective ...
June 21, 2016
“I Want the Blur in There,” an Interview with Hoa Nguyen.
In his introduction to Red Juice (poems 1998-2008), Anselm Berrigan describes the poetry of Hoa Nguyen as, “sonic environments made word by word, provoked by lived experience into forms that, as she ...
May 20, 2016
Domestic Epic: an Interview with Ken Sparling
To fully appreciate the books of CanLit anomaly Ken Sparling, it helps to think of his work as a single statement told from different perspectives. Each book is a unique view, yet every time we meet a ...
April 29, 2016
On Back and Forth
Much like how poetry and fiction can give perspective on inner dialogue—the stuff of conscious thought—and how it works, interviews can be displays of outer thought—the stuff of collaboration and ...