Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English

...was published this fall and it's my pleasure to point to the Saskatchewan elements of this anthology. Included are poems by Saskatchewan poets Dave Margoshes, Medrie Purdham, and me, as well as poems by a number of poets born and raised in Saskatchewan and those who went to university in Saskatchewan. I know this because in the poets' biographies found at the back of this anthology, Saskatchewan and places herein are named.

In addition to poems, The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English contains great essays by the editors and fascinating and valuable commentary by the poets themselves on their poems.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Laureate City in Ottawa, December 1-2

Laureates from across the country will gather at the beautiful National Arts Centre in Ottawa on December 1 and 2 to read and present at a number of events. I'll be reading on Friday December 1, 7 pm. Ottawa has a great writing community and I know and admire the work of many poets living in and around the city. I look forward to meeting everyone! Thank you so much to the organizers for inviting me.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

The new Matrix titled

..."Haiku and Beyond: The Gendai Issue" arrived in the mail today. I'm so happy my work is included. Thank you to the editors Mary Di Michele and Susan Gillis. Both their independent work and their work as members of Yoko's Dogs is why I submitted work for consideration for this special issue. 


As I stated elsewhere, I seem to be wandering off in new-to-me directions and wanted to test my footing or see a trusted sign or something. After I took this pic, I sat down with the work. The editors begin their introduction by saying "Haiku has never not renewed itself." The work collected here demonstrates that fact in exciting ways. I'll take this as a sign and keep going. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Alberta Book Publishing Conference

...in Edmonton was excellent! Thank you to the Book Publishers Association of Alberta for inviting me to give a presentation. I had a great time, learned lots, and met lots of wonderful people in the publishing industry and a number of writers I've had contact with or followed online over the years. It was great to meet in person.   

Here's a snip of my post on the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Facebook page: 



Here's another Facebook post:


The road trip held many lovely surprises. At a light in North Battleford we were treated to this view of murals by Allen Sapp. 


And on the way home we met up with this bear feeding in a patch of clover at the roadside.  


All of this will feed my work.