Edmonton launch March 3, 2019 of The Brightest Thing was full of intelligent conversation about fairy tales and feminism


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On Sunday, March 3, I had the pleasure of doing the Edmonton launch of The Brightest Thing. We had a wonderful, intimate conversation about fairy tales, fictional and real-life horrors, love, and what feminism and “strong female characters” mean today. My thanks to everyone who braved the cold to join us for a cozy Sunday afternoon book launch, and of course to Audreys Books for hosting the event!

My one-year-old, who wants nothing more than to be read to all day long every day, is thrilled to be on on a book tour. She was most impressed by the castle in the downstairs of Audreys Books and–since castles are fairy tale-related, and her face isn’t visible in the photo–I’m letting myself indulge in sharing a photo of her the day of the Edmonton launch. May your next adventure in a bookstore bring you even half the joy that my little one enjoys.

My small daughter in a small castle at Audreys Books during the Edmonton launch of The Brightest Thing

Prince George and Edmonton were both lovely: next up, I’m bringing The Brightest Thing to Vancouver and the Growing Room Festival. I hope to see you all you Vancouverites there!


The Brightest Thing book launch February 27, 2019 in Prince George was a magical time


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I had a great hometown turn-out for The Brightest Thing launch. I will always love Prince George–it’s where I grew up, and it has proper, snowy winters–and it was very special that my first public reading of this book was in the city where everything started for me.

The book launch itself was held on Wednesday, February 27 at Books and Company. I performed some poems from the book and then my lovely audience joined me in a great discussion about fairy tales, poetry, and life–thanks to everyone who asked a question and added to the evening with their thoughtfulness. I hope everyone is happy with the doodles I made in their copies of the book!

My thanks to Lana Ryan and Darrell Johnston for the photos from the evening, and to my one-year-old for staying up past her bedtime and remaining cheerful the entire time. Thanks, as always, to Caitlin Press, to the fine folks of Books and Company for hosting the launch, and to everyone who came out to help me celebrate the publication of this book!

Ruth Daniell coming to Prince George to launch debut poetry collection The Brightest Thing, February 27


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Prince George! My beloved hometown! I’m coming to YOU to share my book, The Brightest Thing. Please come and celebrate with me next Wednesday, February 27, 7pm, at Cafe Voltaire. Everyone is welcome–please bring your family and friends, and spread the word! I’m looking forward to saying hi to so many of you!


Here’s the Facebook event link, so you can RSVP (then I can eagerly anticipate your presence) and invite your friends. Feel free to share the poster on Twitter, email, owl post… See you there!

And you can also check out this handy list of my upcoming appearances. I’ll soon be making my way to Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria.

Read Local BC says: Snuggle up with a good book this Valentine’s Day


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Oh, how lovely—my book, The Brightest Thing (available for purchase now!), gets a generous shout-out this week by Read Local BC as one of their recommended reads. Be sure to check out their recommended books; many of them were already on my “to read” list!

The Brightest Thing is definitely appropriate reading for Valentine’s Day (or any day): love! heartbreak! magic! renewal! I hope you find something beautiful and/or useful in these poems: it was my hope you would.


I’m in the midst of finalizing some upcoming appearances and book launch events for The Brightest Thing, so do please keep in touch! I’m excited to share this book with the world.

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival forthcoming March 2019 in Vancouver


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I’m pleased to officially announce that I’ll be a panelist/workshop leader/performer at Growing Room 2019! I’ll be sharing work from my new poetry book, The Brightest Thing, out very soon with Caitlin Press. Growing Room is an awesome festival and this year’s events are going to be particularly wonderful. Room Magazine has put together an amazing lineup and I’m so excited to be a part of it. See you in March, Vancouver!


I’ll post more about the specific events at which I’ll be presenting, but you can also watch the Growing Room website for more information: there’s sure to be other events with other authors that you won’t want to miss!

Two New Poems in Talking about Strawberries All the Time


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strawberryI have two new poems up in the inaugural issue of Talking About Strawberries All the Time. Have a read, if you like! The poems, “Today I can’t be sad” and “August 27:” are from my current working manuscript (entitled Dear bird,). My thanks to editor Malcom Curtis for the publication.

Keep watching for updates about my debut poetry collection, The Brightest Thing, which will be published with Caitlin Press early in 2019.

The Brightest Thing forthcoming early 2019 with Caitlin Press


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TheBrightestThingCOVERfinalI’m excited to announce that my first book of poetry, The Brightest Thing, is forthcoming early next year with Caitlin Press (and it has a beautiful fairy tale cover)!

Read all about it on the publisher’s online catalogue. And stay tuned for launch party details–I can’t wait to share this book with you!

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!


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.


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.