October 02, 2019
"Delight & Surprise Have to Carry Through a Whole Poem" Chris Banks on His Process, the Poem He Reads Daily, & His Beautiful Losers
Waterloo-based poet Chris Banks' fifth collection, Midlife Action Figure (ECW Press) is uncommonly fun, with Banks' playfulness on full display in lines like his comparison of time and memory to "a ...
September 30, 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), was one of the most buzzed-about books of poetry in the spring 2019 season for good reason; Namir's lucid, visceral examination of masculinity ...
September 27, 2019
"I See Contemplation, Vision, and Communication as Crucial Forms of Labour" Talking Poetry & Work with Alessandra Naccarato
With wins from the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and CBC Poetry Prize under her belt, Alessandra Naccarato's first full-length collection comes with high expectations. Re-Origin of ...
September 25, 2019
"Intimacy Was a Lost Country" Billy-Ray Belcourt on His Origin Story & Reading Like His Life Depends on It
In 2017, Billy-Ray Belcourt took the poetry world by storm with his debut collection, This World is a Wound. It went on to win the 2018 Griffin Prize (amongst many other honours), making Belcourt the ...
September 18, 2019
Maureen Hynes on the Allure of the Ordinary and Wrestling Poetry into "Coherence and Beauty"
Maureen Hynes' powerful new collection Sotto Voce (Brick Books), her fifth, is a timely cri de coeur for a troubled world. From the ecological to the economic, Hynes turns a sharp light on inequalities ...
July 22, 2019
Thomas Leduc's Debut Poetry Collection Examines Family, Transformation, & Northern Ontario's Evolving Identity
Thomas Leduc's autobiographical debut poetry collection, Slagflower: Poems Unearthed From a Mining Town (Latitude 46 Publishing), delves into a unique family story: four generations of miners, the ...
July 10, 2019
Susan Buis, Poets & Author of Gatecrasher, on What Can Be Done with Words
Self, land, ownership - as our understanding of these concepts because to evolve and grow, we find ourselves making new connections and relationships. In Susan Buis' Gatecrasher (Invisible Publishing), ...
April 26, 2019
Poet Ayaz Pirani on Oral Tradition, Literary Gatekeepers, and Writing Faithful Lines
Ayaz Pirani's work has been praised as "wise... surprising [and] sly" and his newest collection, Kabir’s Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets (Mawenzi House), builds on his characteristic insightful, elegant ...
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 ...