Contemporary Verse 2 Summer 2014

In December I announced (in this post) that I’m a runner-up in the 2013 Young Buck Poetry Prize and I’m pleased to report that the issue of Contemporary Verse 2 containing my sonnets is now available for purchase! I’m so pleased to be published in such a fine magazine, and honoured to be included alongside theContinue reading “Contemporary Verse 2 Summer 2014”

Interview with Garth Martens

Garth Martens was a featured reader for Swoon in April, when he read from his debut collection of poetry, Prologue for the  Age of Consequence. I recently caught up with Garth to find out a little bit more about how the book came to be and to discover more about his passion for flamenco. He’s written the libretto for an international flamencoContinue reading “Interview with Garth Martens”

Lovely updates

I’m so happy that I finally get to share the amazing news that Sierra Skye Gemma has taken on the role of Swoon’s new co-host. While I am still grumpy to have lost the formidably awesome Jeffrey Ricker to St. Louis, I am SO pleased that my little-big reading series has got such an amazing new talented host. Sierra is an amazingContinue reading “Lovely updates”

CBC Canada Writes Shakespeare Selfie Winner

I’m tickled pink that today I get to tell you that I’m the winner of the Canada Writes Shakespeare Selfie contest, with my poem, “Ophelia, Attending a Garden on the Ground Floor of a Vancouver Apartment Building.” The announcement went live this morning! The judge, Alexi Zentner–whose most recent novel, The Lobster Kings, is a retelling of Cordelia’s story fromContinue reading “CBC Canada Writes Shakespeare Selfie Winner”

CBC Canada Writes Shakespeare Selfie Shortlist

As a follow up to my last post, I am pleased to report that my poem, “Ophelia, attending a garden on the ground floor of a Vancouver apartment building,” made the shortlist of CBC Canada Writes Shakespeare Selfie Challenge. You can follow the links and read all the shortlisted entries if you like–including mine, ifContinue reading “CBC Canada Writes Shakespeare Selfie Shortlist”

Ophelia and the arrival of spring flowers

Recently, the world celebrated William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Well, that’s our best guess, anyway, anyone who’s studied Shakespeare will tell you: we only know what day he was christened, so we assume April 23rd is his birthday. Regardless, there were some  pretty fun celebrations of the Bard around the world, including “Cakespeare,” a contest hosted byContinue reading “Ophelia and the arrival of spring flowers”

Still Swooning from April 4th’s reading!

It’s been a week since Swoon: A Literary Evening of Love, Sex, and Chocolate, and I’m still feeling silly with happiness! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and made Swoon such a lovely event. It was truly a privilege to host alongside Jeffrey Ricker, and to introduce the audience to such fine writers.Continue reading “Still Swooning from April 4th’s reading!”

Co-hosting Spring 2014 Swoon Reading Series April 4th

Spring 2014’s Swoon is here! Come on out, Vancouver, for a really lovely time tonight. My co-host Jeffrey Ricker and I have been working hard to put together a fantastic literary evening of love, sex, and chocolate.  All our readers have tantalizing, sexy, sweet, lovely performances for you, and our fantastically-supportive venue, Cocoa Nymph, is ready toContinue reading “Co-hosting Spring 2014 Swoon Reading Series April 4th”

Audience appreciation

Happy National Poetry Month! What kinds of poems are you reading? If you’re in Vancouver and looking for more great poetry experiences, may I humbly suggest that you check out Swoon this Friday? This Friday’s event is going to have great readings of both poetry and prose by some  absolutely fantastic writers. I’m really lookingContinue reading “Audience appreciation”

UBC Bookstore Reading Saturday, March 29

If you’re free on Saturday, March 29, come out to the UBC bookstore at the Vancouver campus to hear me read. It’s part of the bookstore’s grand reopening after a big renovation. I’ll be reading from my manuscript, The Brightest Thing, and new work. I’m reading from 1:20-1:40pm, but the day’s events start at 9:30am and go later,Continue reading “UBC Bookstore Reading Saturday, March 29”