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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

CBC Poetry Prize Longlist 2013

I’m very pleased to report that one of my poems, “Waiting for spring, or something,” has been longlisted for this year’s CBC Poetry Prize! The longlist was announced September 3, and you can find it here. I’m so honoured to be on a list with so many amazing writers, including friend Garth Martens, and the talentedContinue reading “CBC Poetry Prize Longlist 2013”