Swoon: A Reading Series on Love & Desire

EDIT: We’ve now announced the author line-up for the April 4th Swoon. Check it out here. I am so excited to announce that I’m hosting this spring’s edition of Swoon with my dear friend and fantastic writer Jeffrey Ricker! We have an amazing line-up of writers who are going to read from their work. IfContinue reading “Swoon: A Reading Series on Love & Desire”

AWP Conference Seattle 2014

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference in Seattle, February 27 to March 1.  When I first heard the conference was going to be as close as Seattle this year, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go. Especially because soContinue reading “AWP Conference Seattle 2014”

10 Ways to Annoy a Poet (and other writers of “less marketable” literature)

I wrote a short humour piece that is up on the PRISM international‘s blog today, in which I share with Sierra Skye Gemma my top 10 tips for annoying poets and writers of “less marketable” literature. Please feel free to share the link widely, especially if you can relate to any of the annoying thingsContinue reading “10 Ways to Annoy a Poet (and other writers of “less marketable” literature)”

24th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

In honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, The Tyee has a post up called “Verse for Hurt Women, Known and Still Hidden.” In the article, Fiona Tinwei Lam reminds us of the targeted killing of 14 women engineering students at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989, and further reminds usContinue reading “24th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women”

2013 Young Buck Poetry Prize

I’m pleased to report that I’m a runner up in Contemporary Verse 2‘s Young Buck Poetry Prize! My sonnet crown “Rapunzel” is forthcoming in their summer 2014 issue. To see the announcement and full list of winners, please click here. In other news, on Wednesday (November 27), I had the opportunity to read from my thesis/manuscript atContinue reading “2013 Young Buck Poetry Prize”

The Romantic Era Salon Concert

Last Friday (October 18) I performed at the Romantic Era Salon Concert, as part of the Cowichan Valley Music Teacher Association’s History of Music Weekend Series. (My first post on this event can be found here.) I felt very humbled to be performing at the same concert with such talented and accomplished musicians: Susan YoungContinue reading “The Romantic Era Salon Concert”

Writing Prompt

Zach Matteson and Jeffrey Ricker of PRISM international have a great online series of writing prompts; they post a new writing prompt once a week, every Tuesday. This week they’ve featured a writing prompt based on American poet Robert Hass‘s poem “Faint Music.” It’s a writing prompt that I generated awhile back and shared with the wonderful folkContinue reading “Writing Prompt”

Romantic Poetry

I’m pleased to be able to tell you that I have been invited to participate in the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association‘s biennial history workshop series, History of Music. I will be performing poetry from the Romantic Era as part of the workshop’s Friday “Soirée” on October 18. The poetry performances are designed to complement otherContinue reading “Romantic Poetry”

Reading PRISM international with the Grimm Brothers

When I visited Europe this summer, I made sure to bring along some great reading material, and I’ve got photographic proof! Andrea Hoff featured me in PRISM‘s great online series “Where I’m Reading PRISM.” To see a photo of me reading PRISM international in the historic market square of Hanau, in Hesse, Germany–in front of a giant statue ofContinue reading “Reading PRISM international with the Grimm Brothers”

Surprise & poetry

This morning I had the pleasant surprise of discovering that one of the readers for the CBC Poetry Prize competition wrote some lovely things about one of my poems! I mentioned in my last post that, during the countdown to the shortlist announcement, the CBC is posting daily mini-interviews with some of the competition’s readers,Continue reading “Surprise & poetry”