In this new interview, some kind people at refer to me as “rad” (!) and let me talk about my love of poetry and fairy tales. And one of the poems I’m most proud of from my book The Brightest Thing is included in this feature on All Lit Up Canada–the first time that “Fitcher’s Bird” has appeared online. Please have a read and feel free to share widely!
Please also check out the other featured poets and books over on the All Lit Up Canada blog. For the entire month of April–National Poetry Month!–they’re featuring women poets in their series Poetry Grrrowl and you can get 15% OFF all of their featured collections until April 30th, including my book The Brightest Thing!
I sat down and answered some questions for the kind folks over at All Lit Up Canada for their Writer’s Block column. If you’re curious about why I wroteThe Brightest Thing, what my next book is going to be about, what advice I have for other writers, or what kind of adorable novelty drawer knobs are on my writing desk… Well, this is the interview for you. Here’s a short excerpt to get you hooked:
Because everyone is familiar with fairy tales to some extent, they provide a good common ground for us to engage in conversation about the unhealthy expectations held up by romantic love. I want to show that the fairy tale pursuit of “happily ever after” can be problematic in the contemporary world, I want to be really honest about the harm it can cause—how rape culture is normalized and restricted gender expectations hurt us—but I also want to be really honest about how truly wonderful love can be.”
Ruth Daniell, in conversation with All Lit Up Canada (March 2019)
I’m back in home in Kelowna now, after making stops in Prince George, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria performing poems from The Brightest Thing, and now I’m excited to finish planning my book launch here and then settle in for some much-needed writing and painting time before I’m too busy for awhile to make much time for my creative life: at the end of April, my second child is due! I’m very round these days, very resentful of shoelaces, and very grateful for my healthy, growing family.
Happy International Women’s Day! I’m delighted that a feature about Boobs: Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts—due to be published later this month by Caitlin Press—is up on the All Lit Up website today as the newest edition of Jules’ Tools for Social Change. Julia Horel interviews me about how the Boobs project came into existence, the curation process, and my own non-fiction piece, “The Friend with Boobs.”
She also interviews several of the fine authors who contributed their work to the anthology—so you get a peek of some of the shining intelligence, empathy, and downright awesomeness of the writers that make this book what it is. You will find wonderful discussions about breasts and gender identity and the importance of storytelling by contributors Devin Casey, Emily Davidson, Lynn Easton, Christina Myers, and Zuri Scrivens.
I am so proud to be a part of this important book. Please have a read and share widely!