Stoked to report that a chapbook submission of mine, called Birding in Wolfville, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Competition. The judge is the fantastic poet & editor, Rebecca Gayle Howell (no relation!).
I’ve got a new poem called “Trigger warning for a course in developmental psychology,” in the September issue of The Walrus. Huge thanks to editor Damian Rogers.
I’ve got two new poems in the summer issue of The Fiddlehead, called “P-town sonnet” & “An update on the search for gravitational waves.”
“P-town” refers, of course, to that paradise called Provincetown, MA, at the tip of the Cape, where I went last year for a week-long workshop with one of my favourite living poets, Nick Flynn. I was so out of my element & had so many epiphanies there! From the poem: “Everyone wants the photograph without/the world in it.”
“An update on the search for gravitational waves” is a long-ish poem about ripple effects on your life from the past… the blood & leaving/blood & leaving.
On another note: one of the things I hope I never get over is when you get your copy of a mag with your poem, & you see so many people you know and admire in there, too. In this issue are a bunch of fellow poets I am proud to call my pals, including Michael Prior, Cassidy McFadzean, Shane Neilson, Dani Couture, Dina Del Bucchia, & Ben Ladouceur.
So many great writers on this lit prize shortlist, happy to be with them. More info here.
In the latest issue of Arc Poetry Magazine, I have an essay in their section called, “How Poetry Works.” I write about the poem, “The Other Grandmother,” by poet/short story writer/novelist Kerry-Lee Powell, from her phenomenal book called Inheritance. No link yet–only available in real life at good bookstores!
I have a new poem on the really great U.S. poetry journal, Prelude.
The poem is called Mamet, hunting.
The Rusty Toque kindly has just published two new poems of mine — “I never saw a thing in the wild feel sorry for itself,” & “Hollow all the way down.” I’m extra stoked because it’s such a great mag, & because these two poems are some of the first pcs to be published from my 2nd manuscript.
I should mention that the title about “a thing in the wild” is taken directly from a poem by D. H. Lawrence, whose free verse poetry & philosophy of “poetry of the present” is an enormous influence on the project/my entire life going forward.
Poet and painter Melanie Janisse Barlow is working on a massive project in which she is painting portraits of poets. I’m fortunate to one of the poets in the series, and she’s just started the sketch + posted a poem of mine, “Subplot.”
I’ve got a new poem up over at Flat Singles Press, called “The rain pool.”
At the beginning of the year, with school wrapping up, I wasn’t really sending work out (never mind writing!), but fortunately I’m closer to my own projects now, and I am really grateful that a bunch of poems have been accepted places: 2 pcs are coming out soon in The Fiddlehead, 1 on Prelude and 1 on BOAAT (both U.S. sites), and 1 in The Walrus.
Pretty excited for this — on a panel at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, May 1st, in Salem, MA.
12th Annual Poetry Gala 2015 – Saturday April 9th – 1 – 4pm
Richmond Hill Public Library
(SW corner of Major McKenzie and Yonge St.) / Free Admission, Refreshments, & Book Signing
Celebrate National Poetry Month when the Richmond Hill Public Library joins libraries across Canada in celebration of poetry and its vital place in Canadian culture. Hosted by Barry Dempster. Poets include:
I’m doing a double-rare reading: it takes place on Saturday night, & it features two American writers. They are: Sean Labrador y Manzano (a poet, McSweeny’s columnist, & reading series organizer) and Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman (an itinerant farmer, poet, & playwright). Shane Neilson, a fine poet and critic, is also reading.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
7pm, The Belljar, 2072 Dundas West (around the corner from Roncesvalles)