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!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The 3rd Annual Poetry and a Pint happening at The Bushwakker this Saturday! Come out and hear amazing poets Bernadette Wagner, Chelsea Coupal, Gillian Harding-Russell, Randy Lundy and Shelley Banks, and hear me go on about edible flowers! I can't wait to try the chef's special limited edition Poetry Dessert! Pretty hard to top last year's superb creation! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Northern Spring Celebration of Poetry in Prince Albert

...happened on May 10 and wow, what a great night and what a great audience! Thank you to the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, host Lynda Monahan, and poets Beth Gobeil, Laurie Muirhead, and Douglas Elves (a visiting poet from Edmonton) for this great experience. The readings and conversation that followed were wonderful. I added these two beautiful books to my collection.

Here's a pic (left to right) of Lynda asking one of several engaging questions on the writing life, and me, Beth, and Laurie taking it in.

I'm so lucky to have been part of this evening and so lucky to meet everyone. Thank you!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Northern Spring Celebration in Prince Albert May 10

I look forward to joining Beth Gobeil and Laurie Muirhead on May 10th for an evening of poetry and conversation at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library! Host Lynda Monahan will spring questions on us! I'm excited. This will be my first ever reading in Prince Albert. I look forward to meeting everyone!