The Games We Play exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery runs from June 24 to September 17

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I have new work appearing in The Games We Play, a juried exhibition that will be showing all summer at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The opening reception is happening on Friday, June 23 and I would love to see you there–the event is free to members and to guests by invitation. You can RSVP to the Facebook event if you plan to come to the party, but of course you can visit the art gallery at any time this summer (through to September 17) to view the poems, paintings, installations, and all the other excellent art by my fellow exhibitors!

The Games We Play is an exhibit about all kinds of games, from video games to board games, party games to nursery games… The gallery has brought together artists from game and animation studios, visual art programs, and local art communities to create a diverse celebration of games and how they influence us! (You can learn more about the exhibition from the art gallery’s website.)

My work for the exhibit is a suite of four poems, which I’ve illustrated with watercolour. I’m really excited to be a part of this exhibition. If you’ve ever wanted more poetry and art about Mario Kart, this is your chance!

New poem published in Bird’s Thumb

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My poem “Nesting” is now published in the June issue of Bird’s Thumb, a delightfully quirky journal that showcases emerging writers. I’m completely charmed by their logo design, and consistently enjoy the work they feature, so I’m extra pleased the editors have chosen to feature my poem! I hope you’ll check out the issue … and stay to browse the journal’s excellent archive! My own poem in Bird’s Thumb is about, among other things, robins.

A couple other of my bird poems have been published: for Sandhill Cranes, check out my award-winning poem “Wedding Anniversary” in The New Quarterly and for White-crowned Sparrows check out “Natural Behaviours” in Word and Colour.

Since I’m talking about birds already (I often am), I’ll mention that a pair of Black-billed Magpies are raising their very noisy young in our backyard here and it is amusing to watch the fledglings learn to fly–their tail feathers haven’t grown in completely yet and the birds’ bodies seem plump and fluffy and so with their too-short tail feathers they are altogether endearingly clumsy.

New poem published in Word and Colour, May 2017

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Natural Behaviours_DANIELLruthI’m thrilled to collaborate with Word and Colour again (my poem “Tinaja” appeared in the journal in February). My new poemNatural Behavioursis now up on the site, in response to visual art by Nick Liefhebber. I feel very lucky to be a contributor to Word and Colour. As I’ve mentioned before, I love the journal’s mandate “to confront oppression or provide positive alternatives to stereotype.” The journal curates pieces of visual art, which are selected and then sent to writers who respond to the visual art. The resulting collaborations are exciting. I hope you’ll check it out!

New poetry in Gingerbread House Literary Magazine

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Gingerbread House 24My piece “Poem for a Protective Brother” is available in issue 24 of Gingerbread House Literary Magazine. I’m particularly pleased that this poem–based on the “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale–made it into this magazine. I couldn’t help submitting my Hansel and Gretel poem to a journal entitled Gingerbread House. Actually, I’ve been watching Gingerbread House for awhile now (as I do all fairy tale journals) and I think they publish some really neat stuff–take a look at the rest of the issue, and the archives, if you’re curious for some magical literature. The editors pair each literary work with visual art, and it’s obvious how much attention goes into the curation.

My thanks to the editors for including me in their very pretty journal, and especially to Christine Butterworth-McDermott for her care. You can start here to read my poem, but be sure to check out the entire journal for good stuff!

Final Swoon Event on Saturday, May 13 in Vancouver

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SwoonFarewellRUTHSIERRAPlease join me and my wonderful co-host Sierra for a love-filled evening of literature and cheesecake! It’s bittersweet but true: this coming Swoon event–on Saturday, May 13–will be the last Swoon event. Sierra and I are so so so proud of the community of love that’s built up around our little reading series, and it’s tough to say goodbye, but both of us are no longer 100% local to Vancouver anymore. (I’ve moved to Kelowna and Sierra is soon bound for Victoria.) We had to make the tough decision to say bye for now so we can focus on our other commitments and our other loves. Thanks for your ongoing support… I hope you’ll help us make this the best Swoon Finale we could possibly imagine! Come join us! RSVP on our Facebook event page. We’ve got a stellar line-up planned! Christina Myers, Curtis LeBlanc, Chelsea Rooney, D. S. Stymeist, and Rob Taylor are going to share their work. To learn more about these talented artists, check out our Meet the Authors post.

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New work in new Spring 2017 issue of Grain Magazine

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I’ve got two new poems in the newest issue of Grain: “Folk Tale Type 425C” and “On Learning a Girlfriend Started Cutting Again.” In very different ways, both poems explore the way that love, even good love, can fail to meet our expectations of “happily ever after.”

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Both of these poems happen to be particularly dear to me, and I’m really happy to see them in their first home in Grain–a journal that seems especially generous towards work that veers out a little past the expected (I’m still grateful they published my seven-page-long mermaid poem a couple years ago). My thanks to current editor Adam Pottle for his support this time round. I encourage you all to check out the entire issue–it’s full of excellent writing, and I’m also very partial to Winnie Truong’s visual art, which is featured throughout the issue. (By happy coincidence, Winnie Truong was also the cover artist of another lit mag I’ve been published in–the first issue of Canthius!)

Poetry forthcoming in Room Magazine

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I’m super pleased that I have three poems appearing in the spring issue (40.2) of Room Magazine, edited by Meghan Bell.  “Dust,” “Love and Nintendo,” and “Creatures” explore the after-effects of sexual violence, and I so appreciate that they found a first home in such an awesome feminist magazine.

There are lots of other fine writers featured in this issue, and I’m honoured to be in such good company. You can now order the June issue for Room‘s pre-sale price of $9 (25% off) until May 15. Check it out!

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You can also read Meghan Bell’s editor’s letter, as a way of introduction to the issue, right here.

New poetry in Synaesthesia Magazine

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Annabelle Carvell and Carlotta Eden, co-founders/editors of the gorgeously-produced Synaesthesia Magazine, have been slowly unfolding their newest issue, BODY&SEX, online over the course of this month. Two years ago–in spring 2015–they published my short fiction “Daily Bread” in their EAT issue and I’m honoured to be included in their new BODY&SEX issue with the publication of my poem “Love and Impatience.” Annabelle and Carlotta have paired it with lovely art by LA-based artist James R. Eads. Follow the link to read the entire poem and see the full illustration, too. I also recommend that you spend some time appreciating the rest of the BODY&SEX issue–it’s full of tender, thoughtful, and sometimes tantalizing visual art and literature. My own poem, “Love and Impatience,” is a love poem about the challenges and necessities of lovers supporting partners who are survivors of sexual violence. I’m super grateful to the editors of Synaesthesia Magazine for giving it a home.

New fiction in Quaint Magazine

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Just in time for International Women’s Day, the new (sadly, final) issue of Quaint Magazine is now live! Quaint is an American journal that showcases work by female-identified and genderqueer/non-binary folk, much like some of my other favourite Canadian magazines like Room Magazine and Canthius.

I’m really pleased that the new issue of Quaint includes my short fiction, “Shish Kabob.” It’s about love and confusion and wine and Science World experiments. I hope you enjoy it!

I’ve had my eyes on Quaint Magazine since it first began a few years ago, attracted to its mission to publish work “from traditionally marginalized writers, and in exploring identity performance, particularly as it pertains to subverting the cultural cliche of femininity.” Check out the new issue and their archives for great stuff. I’m really glad I got to be a part of the Quaint Magazine community.

New poem published in Word and Colour

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My brand new poem “Tinaja“–inspired by the artwork of Sonia Alins Miguel–is now published in the fantastic online journal, Word and Colour. My thanks to editor Leah Mol for the opportunity to participate.

I’ve admired the journal for a long time because I love its mandate “to confront oppression or provide positive alternatives to stereotypes” and the way in which it features both literary and visual art. The journal curates pieces of visual art, which are selected and then sent to writers who respond to the visual art. The words–which may be prose or poetry–paired with the colours result in some startling, gorgeous, dark or light collaborations. I feel incredibly grateful to be a participant.

I was sent a beautiful painting/paper cut piece by the wonderful Spanish illustrator Sonia Alins Miguel from her Water Women series. “Tinaja” is the poem that I wrote in response. The painting is so rich, and world news is so overwhelmingly hard right now, that I felt pulled in many different directions when I sat down to write. In the end, I’m happy to be able to offer something that offers a bit of hope–to try, as the journal’s mandate suggests, “to alter the way we are socialized and celebrate the beauty of the world that is often missing.” There really is a lot of beauty in our flawed world.

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Please go to the Word and Colour website to enjoy the entire archive of visual and literary art. To see Sonia Alins Miguel’s painting and to read my poem, please start here: “Tinaja” by Ruth Daniell.