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.

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.

Interview with 2016 NBOV Contest Winner Ruth Daniell on TNQ website

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img_7250The New Quarterly awarded me first prize in the 2016 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest for my poem, “Wedding Anniversary,” which is published in Issue #140: In Appreciation of Our Spots. Now, a conversation I had with the wonderfully kind and intelligent Kim Jernigan of The New Quarterly is published on the magazine’s website: Memory, Desire, and the Aural Imagination.

I encourage you to read the entire interview; it’s some of the most fun I’ve ever had discussing the role of poetry in my life and talking through my writing process. It is so incredibly rewarding (and encouraging! and helpful!) to engage in conversations with other folk who are passionate about poetry. Kim was kind enough to engage me in questions about how oral performance and poetry intersect for me as a writer and an educator, and she also prompted a few admissions about my (nerdy) childhood, my writing process, the occasional poem, and my incurable romanticism.

My thanks to Kim Jernigan, Barb Carter, and everyone at The New Quarterly who have been so incredibly supportive of me and my work. My experience with the Occasional Verse contest has been an invaluable boost to my career right now and my confidence in my current project. Speaking of which–off I go!

New poem in issue seventeen of (parenthetical) magazine

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I’m pleased to pass on the news that my poem “Half-Shark” has found a home! This little weird poem is inspired by sibling love, My Little Pony, and the ’90s cartoon Street Sharks and its action figures. I’m really excited the poem has been included in issue seventeen of  (parenthetical), thanks to the amazing team at words(on)pages. Nicole Brewer and William Kemp are two of the most supportive, caring, hard-working folk with whom I have had the pleasure of working (you may remember they published my micro-fiction “Mermaid in the Seine” a couple years ago). I hope you will support them (and me) by buying a print copy of issue seventeen with my poetry and the work of many other fine writers. But because of the publishers’ generosity, you can also browse the entire issue online!

Looking back and looking forward

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2016 has been a pretty rough year for a lot of reasons and for a lot of people. It’s hard to stay hopeful and grateful when there is so much to be genuinely sorry about, but I am trying. I have a lot to be grateful about this past year. The publication of Boobs: Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts with Caitlin Press, who have been incredibly supportive, and the amazing strength and intelligence of everyone who submitted writing and contributed to the conversation. The publication of Four Portraits (co-authored/illustrated with Laura Ritland) with the generous JackPine Press. The support of many literary journals, including The Antigonish Review, Event Magazine, and The New QuarterlyAll of the writers and readers and audience members of Swoon. The Canada Council for the Arts, for the grant that’s enabled me to spend my time looking at, thinking about, and writing poems about birds. The many conversations I’ve enjoyed with fellow artists and nature lovers about art and creativity and making the world a better place. My students. My colleagues. My friends. My family. I know a lot of fierce, wonderful, smart people who give the world more love and care and who give me hope that we can make a difference.

I’ll be posting more in the New Year about forthcoming publications and projects, but for now I’ll leave you with this photograph of the flock of American Goldfinches who have been hanging out in the park nearest my new home. Their plumages are not as vibrant as they are during the summer (mating) months, but to my eye (and mind and heart) they are still cheery and lovely.

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Winning poem of the 2016 Occasional Verse Contest now published in The New Quarterly (Issue 140)

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Friends, I know we’re all feeling blue right now. But may I share something happy? My copies of The New Quarterly (issue 140) arrived. This issue contains my poem, “Wedding Anniversary,” which won their 2016 Occasional Verse Contest.  My thanks to Kim Jernigan and all the jurors of the contest. I’m so so grateful to have had the careful reading of such fine poetry lovers, and I hope this issue of the magazine finds it in the hands of many more poetry lovers.