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.
I had a wonderful time in Edmonton for LitFest 2016! Not only was the weekend full of fantastic conversation about storytelling, Edmonton’s weather cooperated and it was clear and sunny and beautiful for my entire visit. I’m so grateful to LitFest and Caitlin Press for coordinating my attendance and the presentation of Boobs: Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts. It’s such a pleasure to be able to be an active part of the discussion around the book and to see people breaking down the barriers to honest, open conversation around the realities of living in the body.
I had the pleasure of being a part of two panels. The first event, on Friday October 21, I had the opportunity to talk about what is “normal” with Betsy Warland, Camilla Gibb, and Ruby Remenda Swanson. We had a great turn out for the lunchtime event, and I’m so grateful for LitFest and the folk at CBC for hosting us! Obviously, pick up a copy of Boobs if you haven’t already, but also check out the other excellent books represented at the panel. Betsy Warland’s Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas is a gorgeous, lyrical book about personhood and living in the world. Camilla Gibb’s This is Happy investigates family from the other side of “normal.” Ruby Remenda Swanson’s memoir, A Family Outing, tells her story of mothering a gay son and the need for activism. All the writers challenged my heart and my mind and I’m grateful for my time with them.
On Saturday the 22, Betsy Warland and I partnered up again, this time to talk about body politics and the process of writing, editing, and structuring a book. We were lucky enough to have Ruby with us again, this time as our host.
My thanks to everyone who came out to the Saturday panel, too. It was a wonderful, warm audience who offered great questions and conversation on the books.
I had the chance to hang out and catch a couple of the other festival events, which were all excellent too. My congratulations to Fawnda Mithrush, Talia Davies, and everyone at LitFest for putting together such an engaging, successful festival that brings writers and readers together. I hope to be back soon!
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So! This is something I’ve been looking forward to awhile. I have the pleasure of being on two panels as part of ListFest Alberta near the end of October. I’ll be in conversation with some smart writers from across the country, discussing societal expectations, the writing and editing process, and what it means to live in the body. I’ll be there with Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts, but that’s not the only reason you should come. Lots of fantastic books and their writers and editors and publishers will be there. You can check out the full line-up of events on the LitFest website.
You can catch me at two panels:
CONVERSATION@NOON: NO SUCH NORMAL on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 12:00pm
BODY POLITICS on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 at 12pm
Come and hang out with me, Edmonton! I’m excited!
I’m thrilled to finally announce that together with my amazingly talented collaborator Laura Ritland I have a chapbook coming out with JackPine Press. We’re launching the limited edition chapbook at the JackPine launch next weekend in Saskatoon. Come say hello! (Click on the poster to take you to the event listing on Facebook.)
Four Portraits is a suite of co-written poems and pen and ink drawings, bound accordion-style and wrapped with a windowed cut-out cover. The project began as a kind of conversation—”Hey, we could write something together!”—and ended with a lot of scoring, folding, gluing, and cutting windows into gorgeous cardstock. Our thanks to JackPine Press for the opportunity to hand-make these books. It’s been a true joy.
See you soon, Saskatoon!
I had an amazing time in Calgary last weekend. It had been many years since I’d visited the city and it was so much fun to spend time there and soak up some Albertan sun (there’s plenty sun here right now on the west coast, too).
My thanks to Shelf Life Books for hosting the launch. What an amazing bookstore! Their poetry section is out of this world (read: big! varied!) , and the rest of the shelves are so well-curated, too.
Thank you to everyone who came out to be a part of our celebration! It was so fun to meet new friends and sign copies of the book. I also got to meet some friends in person with whom I’d previously exchanged emails, and I got to re-unite with some old friends, including writer and visual artist Chelsea Rushton. If you don’t know her work, you should absolutely check it out–it’s all gorgeous, suffused with an attentive love for the world.
Of course, I was excited to see Heidi Grogan and Nicole Boyce, both of whom have fantastic non-fiction in Boobs. They each read from their entertaining and moving stories–I read too–and then we were able to take part in an open discussion about breasts, what they mean, and how using humour can be helpful when telling stories about trauma. I’m super grateful to have these authors’ work in the book, and for the ongoing conversation about breasts and gender and identity.
Here’s a couple of snapshots of Nicole Boyce reading “A Site of Potential” and Heidi Grogan reading from “Mirror Mirror on the Wall.” And because I can’t help myself there’s a couple of photos of Boobs books looking particularly wonderful in their displays at Shelf Life (another shout-out to our publisher, Vici Johnstone, for her fantastic cover design!).
If you haven’t got your copy of Boobs yet, grab it up, and read the work of all the Calgary writers: Heidi, Nicole, and also Moni Brar, who unfortunately couldn’t join us for the launch. Calgary readers can catch-up with Moni Brar this Thursday, June 9 at Pages on Kensington as part of the Flyingwheel Reading Series, put on by Filling Station, where she’ll be reading her Boobs story, the incredibly moving “Berries.”
And then read all the rest of the stories and poems in the book: I’m so proud of the entire collection!
If you’re in the greater Vancouver area, join us for another celebration on June 18th at Trees Coffee on Ganville. And Toronto: look forward to the launch party at The Dora Keogh Pub on the 22nd! Full details about upcoming Boobs events can be found via the Caitlin Press website: Boobs, the Anthology: Canada Tour.
What a lovely evening of reading and discussion! Thank you so much to James and everyone at Book Warehouse Main Street for having us. Last night was a truly warm and intimate discussion of what it means to have breasts. My heart is full of gratitude to Francine Cunningham and Miranda Pearson for sharing their work with us, and to all the writers, and to Caitlin Press, for helping me make this book come into the world.
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Please RSVP to the Vancouver launch of Boobs here.
You’re invited to the launch of Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts at the Heartwood Community Cafe at 317 East Broadway, Vancouver. Join the editor—that’s me!—and many contributors for multiple readings of true stories and poetry. Books will be available for sale and signing. It’s going to be a really fun night. At the launch party, we’ll be joined by the good folks at Room, Canada’s oldest literary journal by and for women, and also Plenitude, Canada’s queer literary magazine. Such good company!
The event is being graciously hosted by Heartwood Community Cafe! Delicious snacks AND literature! What could be more fun on a Friday evening?
Given that space is limited, please RSVP for free admission. We are expecting a full house so RSVP soon!
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The winter issue of Contemporary Verse 2 has hit mailboxes and newstands, and now you can read my poem “Fire and Safety,” which won their 2014 Young Buck Poetry Prize. I hope you will!
You can see that my daffodils are very enthusiastic about February. You may also notice that I own several fairy houses. This is because my boss at work is excellent at giving me birthday presents. (Not visible in this photo are two gorgeous fairy houses by friend and potter Andrea Hoff, which frame my two little blueberry bushes.)
I kind of love long titles for poems, although I don’t use them very much, and this one is kind of a second title, so almost doesn’t count. One of my very favourite poems with long titles is a sonnet by Charlotte Smith: “On Being Cautioned Against Walking on an Headland Overlooking the Sea, Because It Was Frequented by a Lunatic.” I highly recommend it.
2016 has been a wonderful year for me so far, although it’s definitely been busy. I’m looking forward to watching my garden continue to blossom. I planted a ridiculous amount of bulbs this year, and I’m expecting a lot of daffodils, tulips, and other assorted beauties. I also have three hydrangeas with which I am in love; my blue hydrangea and my pink hydrangea performed incredibly well last year, but my beloved shooting star hydrangea (my favourite impulse purchase of all time–it’s got lovely star-shapped white blossoms) only had one bloom last year. This year I can see my shooting star hydrangea is full of buds and looking very ambitious indeed.
I’m so excited to have my hands on the beautiful inaugural issue of Canthius. My short story “The Market Amaryllis” is within its pages, and I couldn’t be more pleased to be part of a project that is destined for so many good things. Be sure to pick up your own copy of the magazine, and submit to the next issue!