Next week I will be heading to Toronto for a launch for the chapbooks recently released by Frog Hollow Press. If you’re around on Tuesday, February 28th, come on out to The Steady to hear Andy Verboom, David Huebert, and Carl Watts, as well as myself.
Then, on Friday, March 3rd, Frog Hollow leaps to Ottawa for another reading by Carl Watts, Shane Neilson, and Patrick O’Reilly. It’ll be a long week of readings, but I’m gonna try to make them all as unique and interesting as possible. Maybe I’ll have a little handout for those in attendance… who knows!
A month and a week into 2017 and the year has started off with a bang (just like the end of the world… or is that with a whimper?) of a reading, a review, and a publication. Back in January, the kind and hardworking folk at words(on)pages invited me to read at their reading series alongside David B. Goldstein and Jacqueline Valencia.
The reading was a blast, especially the open-mic set allowing for a rare opportunity to hear new writing from Toronto friends. Hearing Jacqueline was also a treat, especially after hearing so much about her readings and the dynamism of her writing and performance.
A few short weeks after that, poet-workhorse rob mclennan was kind enough to give my chapbook its first review. Although brief, the best part of this post is that rob also reviews Sarah MacDonell’s new chapbook the lithium body (In/Words, 2017), which is a treat of a long poem that I also recommend.
On the same day as rob’s review posting, the online magazine Bad Nudes released their new issue, which features two of my poems as well as pages and pages of great content! I’m very glad to be in here alongside friends and other great writers. Thanks to the editors for selecting and designing a fun and captivating issue.
December is always a busy month filled with family responsibilities, maybe work holiday parties, and unreliable weather to convince you to stay indoors with a warm bevvie. However, I’ll be busy with lots of social responsibilities and poetry readings, starting this coming Thursday and the launch event for Ottawa Arts Review’s new issue. This will be in the back room of the Laurier Social House starting at 7PM. If you miss this, I’ll be reading again at the Pour Boy Pub on December 21st with Marilyn Irwin for the December edition of the Sawdust Reading Series. This is one of my favourite reading series in Ottawa at the moment, featuring a great open-mic and an as-of-yet unnamed contest winner (learn more about the Sawdust Poem-Off contest to win the spot as opening featured reader for Marilyn and me)!
Furthermore, I am extremely excited to announce that my chapbook, Listen, Partisan!, is forthcoming with Frog Hollow Press in Victoria, BC. This came out of the chapbook contest that they held earlier this year, in which my chapbook made the shortlist. I’m grateful to Shane Neilson and Caryl Peters, the editor and publisher at Frog Hollow Press, and on top of ordering the chapbook directly from their website, I’ll have copies for sale at some events later in December and in the new year.
A little while ago, the Town Crier announced that they were starting a series of MicroLit Reviews to bring attention to “micro press books, chapbooks, broadsides, zines, visual poetry, digital literature projects, and everything else weird and wonderful being made in literary communities across North America.” I pitched them a column on a wonderful online magazine, The Steel Chisel, and the amazing community it cultivated, not to mention the brilliant poetry it published.
The review/overview is now online here.
a.m. kozak and Amanda Earl recently started a podcast about exploring the poetry scene in central Canada. They were kind enough to have me on as a guest for their second episode, where we talked about writing, publishing, and reading both in private and in public. It’s a long episode, so put on your shoes and listen on a big walk, or draw a bath and sit back and relax, and be sure to stay tuned to their podcast as it continues to grow and explore more aspects of Canadian poetry.
Thanks again to a.m. kozak, Amanda Earl, and AngelHousePress for putting this together!
As announced yesterday on the Twitter account for Frog Hollow Press, my chapbook manuscript, “Listen, Partisan!”, has been shortlisted for the Frog Hollow Press Chapbook Contest! The winner of the contest will be announced next week, but even the shock of getting shortlisted knocked me on my ass! The other manuscripts on the shortlist are:
Daniel Cowper‘s “An Appetite for Time”
Brian Palmu‘s “Sunset Mathematics”
Shaun Robinson‘s “Manmade Clouds”
Carl Watts‘ “Reissue”
Jim Roberts’ “Left Shoulder Voices”
Andy Verboom and David Huebert‘s “Full Mondegreens”
Janice Colbert‘s “Rose and Brine”
Dominique Bernier-Cormier‘s “Scheduled Mist”
Congrats to all the other shortlisted poets, and I hope everyone has as much of a restless-leg week of anticipation as I expect to have! Thanks also to the contest judges and editors at Frog Hollow Press! End of exclamation marks!
If you’ll remember last October, the blUe mOndays reading series (organized by University of Ottawa’s UESA) asked me to be a featured reader for their “Lit or Treat” October reading. Now, as a celebration of their last event of the academic year, blUe mOndays has asked me again to read alongside two truly wonderful and talent local poets—Natalie Hanna and Mia Morgan—both of whom have also been featured readers in the last year.
So, at Café Nostalgica next week on Tuesday, April 19th, I’ll be admiring my co-readers, and everyone is welcome to join me. Find more info and stay up to date with the event here!