Monday, September 17, 2018

Upcoming readings in Shaunavon and Eastend

The launch in Regina on Friday was amazing! Thanks to everyone who came out and filled the room! So grateful. Jeanette Lynes and Bill Robertson gave incredible readings. I'm so lucky to be part of all this and to feel the support of the community. Thank you to the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild for hosting us.

Two readings coming up this week!

Bill Robertson and I will be reading in Shaunavon and I'm excited! While Bill knows the place well, it will be my first ever visit to town! Thank you to the Shaunavon Library and the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild! I'm looking forward to the adventure and exploring the place where one of Saskatchewan's finest poets lived for a time.
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Shaunavon Branch Library, 440 Centre Street
All invited. Free Admission.

Looking so forward to reading with Bill Robertson in Eastend on Friday! Thank you to the Eastend Library and the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild! I went on a writing retreat in Eastend a number of years back and loved it there! Awesome writers I look up to have written awesome work there and that's always inspiring.
Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Eastend Branch Library, 135 Oak Ave. N
All invited. Free Admission.

I'm looking forward to the road trip, to experiencing these places, and meeting everyone!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Upcoming reading in Regina

I'm excited to be going on tour with Bill Robertson and to be reading with Jeanette Lynes in Regina on September 14! I hope to see friends old and new! 

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Another august August

...another august August challenge! I love acrostics and thought it would be fun to write and post on Facebook daily acrostics spelling out Saskatchewan and describing and celebrating an aspect of each day. Seven so far! On the third day I decided to include an image taken that day. I think there's an infinite number of possible acrostics just waiting, though the letter k is proving tricky. But the trickiness is generative! Here's what I posted today:

Seven days in I hereby
admit I am more than
sorry now that I see this
kinky little bunch
amass on the mud - sorry
that I failed to plant even one
cabbage for what garden
huge as this
excludes cabbage?
what kind of gardener
attracts so many pests

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July kicked off

...with a wonderful review in the Star Phoenix by Bill Robertson of new books by Saskatchewan poets Chelsea Coupal, Dave Margoshes, and me. You can read it here

And last night I took part in the Saskatoon launch of GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times at McNally Robinson, had great chats with writers in the audience, and enjoyed great readings by editor Tanis MacDonald and contributors Erica Violet Lee, Jeanette Lynes, and Yvette Nolan. Thank you to editors Rosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, and Tanis MacDonald. I'm so happy to be included in this beautiful and important anthology and to be part of this event. 

You'll also find a few words by me in Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City by Tanis MacDonald. This is an incredible book: excellent and necessary reading.  

It was wonderful to see Culverts Beneath the Narrow Road on display as part of the event. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Culverts questioned and reviewed

There's a wonderfully written interview with me about my new book Culverts Beneath the Narrow Road in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Prairie Books NOW. Thank you to Ariel Gordon for spending time with the book and asking such great questions.

And here's a wonderful review of Culverts Beneath the Narrow Road. Thank you to Shelley Leedahl for the close and generous reading.

Thank you to everyone who has sent along kind words. I'm so grateful the book is being read.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Creative Writing Exhibition at Congress 2018

...took place on Sunday in Regina at the Campion Commons. Tea Gerbeza, Judith Krause, Randy Lundy, and Kate Spencer gave wonderful readings! It was an honour to be there with them. Thank you to the University of Regina, Community Connections for hosting and a great big thank you to Medrie Purdham and Michael Trussler for organizing this fabulous event and inviting me to take part. Here's the lovely poster.

Here's what I saw before I set out that morning. Today I note

a sign carved by hand
tops the opening
I failed to sand

Here's me reading from my new book Culverts Beneath the Narrow Road. Thank you to the great audience and thank you so much to those who took a copy home. 

Here's a group pic after the readings. It was a fun time!

H and I were talking about this great event on our way home the next day when we came upon this great egret.

Hours later we came upon culverts no longer beneath the narrow road. Or culverts beneath the narrow road no longer.

I'll try not to read into that.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The 3rd Annual Poetry and a Pint was so much fun

...and so well attended! Thank you everyone for showing up on such a beautiful spring day. This event took place on May 19 at the Bushwakker Brewing Company in Regina and was loosely themed around Li Po’s "Amidst the flowers a jug of wine.” The invited writers Bernadette Wagner, Chelsea Coupal, Gillian Harding-Russell, Randy Lundy, and Shelley Banks were asked to incorporate this idea into their introduction or into the work itself. They all took the challenge in different directions and gave wonderful readings. 

This year, in keeping with the theme and my request for edible flowers, Bushwakker’s pastry chef once again brought the magic out and created a limited edition poetry dessert for the occasion: Orange Blossom Chocolate Cheesecake garnished with nasturtium and viola. It was divine! 

Manager Grant Frew wrote a hilarious intro with alliteration galore. I delivered an occasional Johnny-Jump-Up sonnet leaping off of Li Po’s poem. I'd posted two others on Facebook prior to the event. Here they are, such as they are, on top of pics I took of this year's Johnny-Jump-Ups in my garden. Johnny-Jump-Up poems are hard to write!

Between readers, I asked edible flower trivia questions. The audience answered three with speed, but the final question was tough: Two types of edible flowers occur in the song “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover.” One is clover. The other is?

There were many firsts at this event. I bought a copy of Chelsea Coupal's first book Sedley, published by Coteau Books this spring.  

And I was the first person in Canada to buy Randy Lundy's new book Blackbird Song, just released from University of Regina Press.   

Which means I was the fastest. In no time at all the copies were gone. 

So that's a brief recap of this year's Poetry and a Pint. The laughter will be with me for a long time. Thank you to everyone who made this such a great event!