Sunday, May 27, 2018

Review of Weathervane in Arc Poetry magazine

I was very happy to learn this week that a glowing review of my debut poetry collection, Weathervane, has appeared in Arc Poetry magazine. Poet and reviewer Peter Richardson has many kind things to say about several poems and the book as a whole, touching on such pieces as "Daylight Saving," "Dressing in Layers," "Choosing a Mattress," "A Millisecond of Gravitas" and others.

Richardson closes the review with this great line: "This is a spirited debut by a poet who combines keen observation with the metaphoric chops of a serious funnyman." Much thanks to him and to Arc for this piece.

Read the full review here.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Column the Seventh for Open Book Ontario

The flip side of writerly solitude is the chance, every now and then, to be a bit of a showperson. My penultimate column.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Column the Sixth for Open Book Ontario

Whereby I share my affinity for how-to guides to writing. Here's a handful of my favourites.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Column the Fifth for Open Book Ontario

There have been many times in my life when I felt like I had to start from scratch. But when it comes to writing books, I make sure I feel that way every time.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Column the Fourth for Open Book Ontario

My wife Rebecca Rosenblum has brought countless wonderful things into my life, but probably the best is her insistence that we pause and recognize great things when they happen in our lives. I'm still getting used to doing that.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Column the Third for Open Book Ontario

In which I pontificate about my love of book reviewing, and why I think it's a way of contributing to the broader literary ecosystem.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Column the First for Open Book Ontario

My writer in residency with Open Book kicks off with In Praise of Generosity. My thoughts on giving more than you think you can - in writing, in reading, in life.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Open Book Writer in Residence begins! Up first: Proust Questionnaire

Okay, here we go! I'm the writer in residence for May at Open Book Ontario, and really looking forward to it. I'll be posting eight, count 'em eight, columns over the course of the month, the first tomorrow morning. In the meantime, editor Grace O'Connell posted this lovely intro/Proust Questionnaire interview. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Announcement: Writer in Residency at Open Book, May 2018

So after a relatively quiet second half of January/first half of February, I've got some great news to share. I've been asked to be the writer in residence for the month of May for Open Book, a popular website focused on Ontario's writing and publishing scene.

My residency will involve writing eight to 10 blog posts about some aspect of my creative life, along with an accompanying Q&A. I'll be joined by an exciting group of fellow writers: novelist David Demchek (for March), poet and critic Emma Healey (for April) and poet Shannon Webb-Campbell (for June).  Looking forward to it!