April 15, 2019
"When I Write Poetry, I Feel Limitless and Free" Hasan Namir, author of War / Torn, on Process & Poetry
Hasan Namir's debut collection, War / Torn (Book*hug), is one of the most anticipated books of poetry being released this season for good reason; Namir's lucid, visceral examination of masculinity and ...
February 21, 2019
Smokii Sumac on Being Seen in Poetry, Why Endings Matter, and a New Spin on Love Letters
Smokii Sumac's you are enough: love poems for the end of the world (Kegedonce Press), a debut collection that breaks your heart, makes you laugh, and leaves you gutted all at once, began as a daily writing ...
September 18, 2018
"I Will Always Feel a Little Homesick" Poet Jenny Haysom on Writing the Wayside
Have you ever wondered what that strip at the edge of the highway is called - the one that divides the road from the land, often filled with wildflowers and milkweed? It's a wayside, and the term makes ...
September 05, 2018
Julie Bruck on the Beauty of Found Sources, Poems with Long Tails, & the Best and Worst Things About Being a Poet
Who says it's impossible to be serious and hilarious at the same time? Julie Bruck proves that it can be done with her daring, inventive, witty, and gutsy How to Avoid Huge Ships (Brick Books), a collection ...
July 12, 2018
"Here Might Be a Path Out of Myself" Steve McOrmond on Discovering Poetry
Steve McOrmond's Reckon (Brick Books) is his first book since the widely-praised The Good News About Armageddon was published in 2010. Reckon is worth the wait, packed with poems that balance wit ...
June 21, 2018
"The Poet’s Responsibility is to His or Her Poem" Darren Bifford on Poetry Culture & Community
Darren Bifford's False Spring (Brick Books) is devastatingly timely, concerned as it is with the concept of collapse and cultural crisis. Tough, urgent, and unabashed, the poems in the collection push ...
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 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 21, 2018
Poet & Wolsak and Wynn Founder Heather Cadsby on the Best & Worst Part of Being a Poet
Heather Cadsby has one impressive poetic c.v. With four full length collections under her belt, she also helped build Ontario's poetry scene, running series including the Art Bar Poetry Series, Phoenix: ...
March 19, 2018
"My Goal is to Surprise Myself" Debut Mikko Harvey on Cat Poems, Favourite Reads, & Promising Scraps
For the poetry nerds amongst us, it doesn't get much better than House of Anansi's spring poetry season, an always-packed line up of new and established authors. It's no surprise to find Mikko Harvey's ...