October 21, 2021
Read the Late, Great Don Domanski's Poem "Homeworld" from His Final, Posthumous Collection
Governor General's Literary Award winning poet Don Domanski, who passed away in 2020, is remembered for his ability to combine epic themes of environmentalism and metaphysics with his trademark intimate, ...
October 18, 2021
Anna Yin on Translating More than 50 Poems for Guernica's Innovative English-Chinese Collection, Mirrors and Windows
Bringing together 59 poets is no small task. But Anna Yin, Mississauga's inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017), has managed it in the new collection Mirrors and Windows (Guernica Editions), a book of poems ...
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 ...
September 23, 2021
"It’s All About Having a Laugh and Experimenting" Poet MLA Chernoff on Affect Apocalypses, the Meaning of Squelch, and More
MLA Chernoff's debut full length poetry collection, the delightfully titled [SQUELCH PROCEDURES] (Gordon Hill Press) explores childhood and identity, touching on gender norms, trauma, poverty, and more ...
September 02, 2021
Get to Know Poet Charlie Petch with Stories of Ape Costumes, Kevin Bacon, and a Trusty Buick Skylark
Spoken word artist and musician Charlie Petch is known for powerful performances that combine humour, insight, and wordplay, and for a long list of contributions to the cultural community, including ...
August 05, 2021
Guelph MFA Grads Simone Dalton and David Bradford on Family, Loss, Writing, and Community (Part 1 of 2)
You've made it into one of the most competitive MFA programmes in the country. Now what? Recent University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA alums Simone Dalton, an author and playwright, and David Bradford, ...
July 06, 2021
The Listener in the Work: How a Sense of Address Can Transform Your Writing
Who is the “speaker” in your poems talking to? Is there a listener within your story? Who is the narrator’s confidante? I’ve been thinking a lot about a sense of address and I’ve come to believe ...
June 23, 2021
Canisia Lubrin & Valzhyna Mort Awarded 2021 Griffin Poetry Prizes
It is truly Canisia Lubrin's year. Her powerhouse poetry collection, The Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart Ltd.), has captured her yet another massive honour today: the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize.The $65,000 ...
June 14, 2021
"Bison, Teeth, Talking Trees, Screaming Purses" The 2021 Griffin Prize Poets Tell Us the Images That Recur in Their Work & Share Recommended Reads
Every year, the poetry world turns its attention to Canada, to discover the winners of the Griffin Prize, the biggest poetry award in the country and one of the leading awards in the genre worldwide. ...