January 12, 2022
Acclaimed Poet D.A. Lockhart on Taxidermied Iguanas, Poetry "Shipbreakers", and the Importance of Endings
Poet D.A. Lockhart brings an energy, wisdom, and urgency to his writing as he shares meditations on and explorations of Indigenous identity and history. That energy clearly extends to his work ethic; ...
December 21, 2021
"I Did Not Choose to Become a Poet" Nduka Otiono on Ghost Writing Love Letters, Negotiating with Poems, & More
DisPlace: The Poetry of Nduka Otiono (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, edited by Peter Midgley with an afterword by Chris Dunton) gathers powerhouse poems from one of Canada's most insightful and timely ...
November 25, 2021
Poet Talya Rubin on Glacier Funerals, Sacred Family Books, and "How Deeply a Poem Will Land Inside You"
How does our human connection to the natural world change in a time of climate crisis? In Australia-based poet Talya Rubin's urgent (and spectacularly titled) new collection, Iceland is Melting and ...
October 07, 2021
"That Edge of Freedom" David Bradford on The Ups and Downs of Poetry
David Bradford's hotly anticipated debut poetry collection, Dream of No One But Myself (Brick Books) is a work of stunning creativity and self awareness, delving into family trauma and complications, ...
October 05, 2021
Poetry Should "Be Surprised By What it Says": David O'Meara on Why Poems Shouldn't Try to Be Poems
Canadian writers know Ottawa-based poet David O'Meara not only for his acclaimed collections but also his contributions to the community. From serving as the founding Artistic Director for VERSeFest ...
June 10, 2021
GG Winning Poet Arleen Paré's New Collection Examines the Impact and Legacy of Early Friendships
Arleen Paré's First (Brick Books) appropriately takes us back to the beginning: both the beginning of identity and connection in the search for a friend from long ago (the first one she ever made), and ...
May 26, 2021
"Mysteries and Tensions and Splinters of Awe" Poet Michael Lithgow on Craft, Inspiration, & Great Reads
Behind the facade of comfort or beauty lurk questions and uncertainties — the things we're not only unsure if we know, but if we want to know. Such is the tension of Michael Lithgow's haunting second ...
May 19, 2021
"Otherness, Humour, Taboo, and the Surreal" Poet Billeh Nickerson on Unexpected Influences, His 20-Year Poem, and More
Duct-Taped Roses (Book*hug Press) is the newest collection from Vancouver poet Billeh Nickerson, and it firmly cements him as an unerringly insightful, witty, and poignant writer.Filled with moments ...
May 06, 2021
"Poetry Changes the Way I Think" Sarah Burgoyne on Exit Poems, Trashing Drafts, & Why Humour Belongs in Poetry
Sometimes an unexpected combination can create a perfect, alchemical kind of reaction. Sarah Burgoyne, whose out-of-the-box literary creativity was beautifully displayed in her acclaimed debut collection Saint ...
April 27, 2021
"I Didn’t Have a Word for it Back Then" Acclaimed Writer & Poet Laureate Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer on Her Writing Journey
Over storied her career, Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer (who was recently appointed Canada's parliamentary poet laureate), has proved she can do it all: her writing is powerful, raw, and wise. But ...