Book launch for GUSH June 20 in Vernon

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The Okanagan launch for GUSH: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times (Frontenac Press) is being held at the Caetani Culture Centre in Vernon, BC on June 20, 2018 at 7pm. I’ll be there–I hope to see you!

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GUSH anthology forthcoming from Frontenac House

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Check it out! Gush, an anthology about menstruation forthcoming from Frontenac House, is soon to be released! I’m thrilled to be a contributor.

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New poetry in The Feathertale Review, no 19

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My poem, “Passionate Bowerbird to His Mate” which is written after Christopher Marlowe’s “Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and inspired by David Attenborough’s commentary on nature documentaries, appears in the latest issue of The Feathertale Review. I’m delighted that anyone else thinks I’m funny. Check out the issue here and enjoy a chuckle or two–there’s lots of entertaining and smart stuff by other contributors, too. Plus, Karam Bajwa illustrated my poem about the bowerbird, and I’m thrilled with it and I think you’ll like it too.

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My new baby

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I’ve been mostly offline lately because–ta da!–my baby was born. My husband and I welcomed a baby girl. We’ve named her Rose and we are absolutely over-the-moon in love. She arrived safely on the first of November and we’re all doing very well.

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We’re being very careful about not sharing images of our baby online, but here, one time only, is a photo of her wonderful tiny toes.

New poem published in Word and Colour, September 2017

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I’m thrilled to collaborate with Word and Colour once again! My new poem “White Dresses” is now up on the site, in response to visual art by Nicolas V. Sanchez. I feel very lucky to be a contributor to Word and Colour. The journal’s mandate is “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, and the journal has recently featured work by some literary and visual artists who are dear to me–when you’re reading through the archive, be sure to notice the work of Natalie Morrill, Francine Cunningham, and Chelsea Rushton.White Dresses

Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food

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I’m excited to share the news that I’m one of the contributing writers to Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food, edited by Rachel Rose. The book will be published by Anvil Press this coming fall. Profits from the book are shared with refugee and low-income families through the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program.

There’s sure to be some exciting (and delicious) launch events planned, so keep an eye out!

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Read the short feature that All Lit Up has done in advance of the anthology’s release: Sustenance edited by Rachel Rose.

Talking about home with Synaesthesia Magazine

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I got to talk about what home means to me with the kind folks of Synaesthesia Magazine. Read the short blog piece here, if you like!  I definitely mention snow.

Synaesthesia Magazine is a fantastic, beautifully-curated online journal based out of the UK. I’ve been lucky enough to work with them a couple of times, with fiction in their EAT issue and more recently with my poem “Love and Impatience” in their BODY&SEX issue this past spring. They’re currently accepting submissions for their upcoming HOME issue, and they’re especially looking for more work by PoC and LGBTQ writers. Send your best work!

Glamato Interview

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Me with my strawberry lemonade at Burgoo Bistro on Main St. in Vancouver on July 12. Photo by Mallory Tater, via the Glamato blog.

I was recently back in Vancouver for two weeks to run some teacher training workshops for BASA (the beloved speech arts school where I used to teach and for which I still design curriculum), and while I was back in my old neighbourhood I ate a lot of ice cream, dipped my toes in the ocean, visited the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, toured around Stanley Park, and just tried to soak up as much Vancouver-in-the-summer time as I could.

I also had the pleasure of chatting about feminist literature with the lovely Mallory Tater, who is running Glamato, a new summer-themed interview series. The idea is that Mallory meets up with female-identifying and genderqueer folk of the Can Lit scene and engages them in conversations about inclusion, literature, creativity, and process. And she does so while sipping Caesars on the best patios in Vancouver!

I opted for a strawberry lemonade instead of a Ceasar and thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Mallory. You can read the full interview (and many more, with other smart folk) over on the Glamato blog.

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.