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After hanging out with me at the Vancouver launch of Boobs on Friday night, come hang out with me at Book Warehouse Broadway this Saturday between 12-1pm! I’ll recommend some books for you to buy. Also, if you want, I will tell the story of how one time someone asked me to marry him and part of his plan involved that very bookstore!
Romance! Books! Weekend fun! Come chat books with me 12pm to 1pm at Book Warehouse Broadway (632 W Broadway).
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I was recently interviewed by Geosi Gyasi, a Ghanaian poet who writes the popular book blog Geosi Reads. You can now read the whole interview online. I talk about the origins of Swoon, my belief in the importance of speech arts and teaching, my thoughts on literary prizes, as well as some musings about my writing process, with particular insight into how I wrote “Love and Nail Polish,” which was published in One Throne Magazine and is currently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I also talk about Rapunzel and my interest in fairy tales and the preoccupations about love and desire I explore in both my fiction and poetry. Geosi asked interesting and varied questions, and I hope you’ll enjoy the interview!
Earlier today, the gorgeous Sierra Skye Gemma and I met up for another meeting about the upcoming Swoon event (have you marked April 25th on your calendar yet?); we went for ice cream at the new Cambie location of Rain or Shine Ice Cream–because we decided that their salted caramel ice cream would be crucial to a productive meeting. And quite appropriate, really, considering that this year’s Poetry Month theme is food. Ice cream is, undeniably, food. And it might just inspire a poem or two!
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I had a wonderful time at Room’s fall launch last night!
For the first set, Kayla Czaga read her heartwrenching/heart-warming nonfiction piece from issue 37.2, “Expanding the Voice.” Then Paula Lemke read a story that was recogonized with an honourable mention in the 2014 Room Contest – Fiction Category, and Kelly Thompson read a great nonfiction story that was also shortlisted for the competition this year.
The second set was for “the geeks,” when both Julia Dillon-Davis and I read poetry from issue 37.3, “Geek Girls.” Julia was an excellent reader of her own work, including her poem from the issue, “Rites,” which she introduced as a poem “about her decade-long obsession with Buffy.” This was met with complete approval, of course.
I read my poems from “Geek Girls” again (I previously performed them at WORD Vancouver). “Fairy Tales I” is about how hard it is to be a geeky grade six girl, and “Fairy Tales II” is about the power of having imaginary friends and a great brother. Then I read three other poems from my manuscript, The Brightest Thing. None of the extra poems had been tested in front of an audience before, and I was happy to have such a receptive audience! I read a poem inspired by “Hansel and Gretel,” another based on Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard,” and ended with a love poem with traces of Perrault’s telling of “Cinderella.”
I have so much gratitude to all my fellow writers and to the hard-working editors of Room. Taryn Hubbard and Meghan Bell made the night go smoothly and brightened up the evening with their enthusiasm! Even if, or especially because, they kept calling me a geek.
Alright, so, who’s excited for the Vancouver Writers Fest? I’m going to a bunch of events this weekend before I have to head back to work. Maybe we’ll run into each other? Say hi!
I was also so pleased that Garth Martens (currently on the shortlist for the Governor General Award for Poetry for Prologue for the Age of Consequence, from which he read at Swoon this past spring) was in town, and he was able to come make it to Heartwood for the Room launch! He’s here from Victoria to catch some of the Writers Fest this weekend. He generously tweeted his excitement before the Room launch last night:
And while we’re speaking of exciting things on your calendar… Don’t forget that this Thursday (October 23) I’ll be performing original work at Heartwood Community Cafe at the Room Magazine issue launch, which starts at 7pm. Please RSVP to the event here. I can’t wait to see you there!
Echolocation, a beautiful annual magazine produced by graduate English students at the University of Toronto, just published its fourteenth issue, and I am pleased to announce that within its pretty pages are two new poems by me!
The launch of issue 14 is happening next week, on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30pm EDT in Toronto. In my absence, I have trusted friend and fellow poet Laura Ritland (recent winner of The Malahat Review‘s Far Horizon Award for Poetry) to perform my poems for me. If you’re in Toronto, then I highly encourage you to head down to No One Writes to the Colonel at 460 College Street to hang out with Laura and take in some of the fine literary offerings from the magazine’s other contributors. Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook! I know it will be a very fun evening, and I wish that I could be in two places at once!
After the launch on the 23rd, the magazine will become available for ordering online on the Echolocation website. Especially if you’re not in Toronto to buy a copy at the launch, I highly encourage you to order yourself a copy! If you need extra enticing, then I’ll leave you with this: the poetry I’ve written that is featured in the issue includes the appearance of Lacanian literary theory, the Incredible Hulk, and a protoctologist’s office. And as my friend Rebecca Hales (a talented screenwriter and a current resident of the prestigious 2014 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program) said, when I mentioned the poems to her, “Hulk AND a proctologist?!? What more does a girl need in a poem?”
If you’re free on Saturday, March 29, come out to the UBC bookstore at the Vancouver campus to hear me read. It’s part of the bookstore’s grand reopening after a big renovation. I’ll be reading from my manuscript, The Brightest Thing, and new work.
I’m reading from 1:20-1:40pm, but the day’s events start at 9:30am and go later, so come earlier or stay later, as it suits you, to also take in the performances by some of my gifted colleagues, including my co-host for the next Swoon event, Jeffrey Ricker!
EDIT: We’ve now announced the author line-up for the April 4th Swoon. Check it out here.
We have an amazing line-up of writers who are going to read from their work. If you’re in the Vancouver area and you like love and chocolate, then I am positive you will enjoy the evening we have planned! Save the date for Friday, April 4th, at 7:30pm. We’ll be holding the event at the fantastic local chocolate shop, Cocoa Nymph.
To keep up to date on Swoon’s events, please “like” our community on Facebook at Swoon: A Reading Series on Love & Desire. For more information about what to expect at Swoon, its hosts, writers, and goals, visit Swoon’s official website.