Friday, April 25, 2014

Publication: The Fiddlehead 259

I was excited to come home tonight and find contributors' copies of The Fiddlehead No. 259 waiting for me in the mail. I have a review in this issue, of Rachel Lebowitz's wonderful new poetry collection, Cottonopolis. Long-time readers of this blog will know I really dug her first book, Hannus, but her new outing is even more ambitious in its scope. For a long poem about the perils of slavery and the industrial revolution, Cottonopolis is not heavy handed in the least. This is one of Lebowitz's great strengths: that she always puts the language and musicality of her poetry first, even when making larger political or societal statements. Anyway, a great book. Go check it out.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Event reminder: Reading tomorrow night at Hart House

Just a friendly reminder that I'll be reading tomorrow night at the launch party for the 2014 edition of the Hart House Review. The journal approached me a few months back to be its featured writer this year, and is running a brief excerpt of Sad Peninsula and an interview with me. Here are the particulars about the event:

When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 7 to 10 pm.
Where: Hart House, University of Toronto (7 Hart House Cir, Toronto) in the Debates Room on the second floor.
All are welcome.

If you live in Toronto, come on out and say hi.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Profile of me in Arts East

I was tickled pink to wake up this morning (on day three of my vacation home to the Maritimes, no less) for find that Arts East, an online entertainment magazine here, ran an interview with me this morning that they conducted a couple of weeks back. Michelle, the interviewer, asked some crackerjack questions and I provided what I hope are some thoughtful responses about my work and the process behind it. It's really nice to see Sad Peninsula getting some attention in advance of its September release. (Just 143 days to go!) We talk about some of the inspiration behind the book and what it took to get it all together. Anyway, thanks Arts East