Friday, October 7, 2022

My Interview with Jamie Tennant about his New Novel, River, Diverted

So look here. Jamie Tennant is an incredible guy. From his radio show Get Lit, hosted on Hamilton's McMaster University campus radio station CMFU, he has interviewed dozens of writers over the years, including myself. In fact, he's interviewed me twice: once for The Slip, and again for All the Animals on Earth. He has always been a kind, thoughtful and generous reader and interviewer. 

So when I heard Jamie had a new novel coming out this fall, called River, Diverted, I made a proposition to him: why don't I come back on his show and turn the tables, interviewing him and giving him a chance to have a bit of the spotlight. Well, that wide-ranging conversation has now aired, and you can listen to it here.  

I also need to thank my fellow authors Terri Favro, Gary Barwin, Michelle 'Shelly' Butler Hallett, Nathan Dueck, and my wife Rebecca Rosenblum, for helping me surprise Jamie with some congrats and kudos from past interviewees.

Anyway, I think you should give the episode a listen, and also buy Jamie's book! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Poem Reading on the Quarantine Review Podcast

So my little poem, "Legacy Act," published by The Quarantine Review last summer, continues to enjoy a life beyond its initial release. After a recording of me reading the poem was featured about a year ago on the CIUT radio program, Howl, the recording has now reappeared on The Quarantine Review's most recent podcast episode. It's so great to see this piece continue to, erm, tour around.

The podcast episode is great: it also features poems by Conyer Clayton and Kim Fahner, as well as a fantastic interview with S.M. Freedman about her new novel, Blood Atonement. Check it out!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Questionnaire with Canadian Writers Abroad

The online magazine Canadian Writers Abroad, which I occasionally write for, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. I was happy to answer a few questions to help them celebrate. (And yes, that pic below is of me in Korea, taken around 2004.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Reading Announcement: Wolsak & Wynn 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Friends: I am excited to announce that I'll be doing a reading - in person!!! - as part of the Wolsak and Wynn Publishers' 40th anniversary celebration. This is happening Thursday, June 9th at 7pm at Wychwood Barns here in Toronto. This will be my first in-person reading since (gulp!) October of 2019. Looking forward to sharing a stagewith Nancy Jo Cullen, Catherine Graham, Susan Perly, Rasiqra Revulva, Daniel Scott Tysdal, Katie Welch, and Dan K. Woo. See this flyer for more details!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

FreeFall magazine Volume 32, Issue 1 Launch recording

If you didn't catch the launch party for the new issue of FreeFall magazine last week, not to worry! The recording is below. Lots of great readings included as part of this hour-long event. I read my own poem, "The Mosquito's Aphrodisiac," starting at the 23-minute mark. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 30, 2022

FreeFall magazine online launch party

Hey there, Blogspot audience (if you even exist!) - long time no chat. Yes, it's been crickets over here for quite a long while - two posts since October, Sampson? what have you been doing with yourself?? - but I do have something new to report.

Just announced: On Wednesday night, FreeFall magazine will host an online launch for its latest issue, which contains a new poem of mine, called "The Mosquito's Aphrodisiac." Indeed, there will be a pre-recorded reading by yours truly. If you're  able to come, please do! See this Facebook invitation for all the details. 


Monday, January 3, 2022

Acceptance: FreeFall magazine

Well, here's a wee bit of news to kick off 2022: I've had a new poem accepted for publication! The piece, called "The Mosquito's Aphrodisiac," will appear later this year in Calgary-based FreeFall magazine. This will be the fourth poem I've had in this particular journal in the last 11 years: I placed second in its 2011 poetry contest with a piece called "On Choosing a Mattress," and I also published poems in issues back in 2014 and in 2019.

This new piece, about a guy who develops a sexual fascination with a mosquito, is part of a larger poetry manuscript I've recently finished and am trying to find a publisher for. 2021 was one of my quieter years on the publishing front, so I'm grateful (and relieved) to announce so early in the New Year something fresh coming out. Anyway, I'll post about it again when I have more details.