April 13, 2018
"I Write to Make Sense of Worries" David James Brock on Finding the Calm in Poetry
Poet, librettist, and playwright David James Brock's second collection Ten-Headed Alien (Wolsak & Wynn), is making an impact as big and bold as its title. Poet Linda Besner called it "a sophisticated ...
April 11, 2018
2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlists Announced
This week, Scott Griffin, on behalf of the trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry, announced both the International and Canadian shortlists for this year’s Griffin Prize. Judges Sarah ...
April 10, 2018
Lenea Grace on Proving Canada Exists in Her Debut Poetry Collection
Lenea Grace's debut collection of poetry A Generous Latitude (ECW Press) leans into Canadiana by mining one of our traditional natural resources: wry wit. Her poems are smart and tight and their humour ...
April 09, 2018
Contest! Enter to Win an Incredible Poetry Month Prize Pack from Wolsak & Wynn!
Hamilton-based Wolsak & Wynn is publishing some of the most exciting and innovative poetry in Canada today, and we are very excited to say that they're offering an absolutely awesome prize pack of ...
April 04, 2018
National Poetry Month Turns 20 & Canadian Poets Share Their Favourite Poems of the Last 20 Years
This year marks 20 years of Canada celebrating National Poetry Month in April. That's 20 years of readings, prizes, new collections, and a month long chance to fall in love with poetry all over again, ...
April 03, 2018
Degan Davis' Debut Poetry Collection Examines Masculinity & Identity, Asking "What Kind of Man Are You?"
What does it mean to be a man? It's not - anymore, thank goodness - a simple question. Tackling the complexities of how to be a good man today is no small task for anyone, but Degan Davis set himself ...
March 28, 2018
"I Like to Be Surrounded by Objects with a Past": Meet Our Poetry Month Writer-in-Residence, Emma Healey!
Emma Healey is without a doubt one of the most exciting young poets in Canada. Her first collection Begin With the End in Mind earned her a reputation as a brainy, frank, innovative writer with charm ...
April 30, 2017
In my new poetry book Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, there’s a series of poems called “Dream Specimens,” based on actual dreams that I’ve had over the years. I had some fun with these poems, ...
April 28, 2017
Test Driving the Poetry Exercises
Today’s post marks the conclusion of my series on poetry prompts and exercises. Huge thanks to all the poets who responded so generously to my questions and offered their unique approaches and experiences. ...
April 24, 2017
Lisa Richter on Poetry Exercises
Today I feature Lisa Richter in my series on poets and writing exercises. Lisa Richter's first full-length collection of poetry, Closer to Where We Began, was recently published by Tightrope Books. Her ...