First Event of 2017

I had the privilege and honour to read a new poem at the Lieutenant-Govenor’s New Year’s Levee today. After a proclamation by Her Honour Jocelyn Roy-Vienneau to open the levee, I read my poem “New Year’s Day, Fredericton,” which was followed by Jennifer Houle’s reading of the French version, translated by Marie-Claude Hébert. It was […]

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Reflecting on 2016

There was a lot to mourn in 2016, but it was an incredible year for me in many ways, so I want to take a moment to reflect. In February I was appointed Cultural Laureate of Fredericton for a two-year term. In July, Sherry and I celebrated 10 years or marriage. I worked hard on […]

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New York, New York

On October 9, I was in New York City to read as part of a contingent of Canadian poets. I shared the stage with some longtime friends, and some new friends: Ruth Roach Pierson, Maureen Scott Harris, Michael Fraser (recent winner of CBC Poetry Prize!), Donna Kane, Jeanette Lynes, Catherine Graham, Sonnet L’Abbé, Madhur Anand, […]

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What I’ve Been Watching, Reading, & Listening To

Having recently disconnected cable and having pretty much only exclusively watched baseball all summer, I was at first reluctant to try Netflix’s The Crown. I thought it was going to be a boring show that was kind of a documentary. I wondered how they could make an interesting show about the royals. But, boy oh […]

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#WhyWritersMatter

The Writers’ Union of Canada is currently running a “Why Writers Matter” campaign “to remind us of the value and importance of writers, and the role they play in our lives.” My contribution to the campaign appeared yesterday on their social media channels.

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Upcoming Public Meeting

Please join me on May 11 at the Fredericton Public Library to help plan a literary festival for our area! We will decide on a date for an initial, smaller-scale festival this fall.

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Like My Page on Facebook! And upcoming events!

I’ve just created a Facebook Page for the Cultural Laureate position. Please like and share for quick updates on my activities around town. Here are a few upcoming activities already planned for the next month or two. March 21 – Unesco World Poetry Day – 7pm Live Poetry reading and Q&A from my Facebook page! […]

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New Brunswick Book Awards Shortlists

. . . will be announced next Monday, February 29! Stay tuned. Seventeen books were submitted and three books will be shortlisted in each category (Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry).

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Cultural Laureate!

I’m very excited to start my two-year term as Cultural Laureate. And I sure hit the ground running! This week has been very busy. On Monday, February 8, I was introduced at city council and began my term. I was featured on CBC’s Information Morning on Thursday and spoke to host Terry Sequin about the […]

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Rawi Hage in Fredericton

Rawi Hage, winner of the 2008 Impac Dublin Award, the world’s richest literary prize, gave a fantastic reading tonight on the UNB campus. I was rooting for him to win the recent Canada Reads 2014, but if you followed the debates you know that he didn’t win, though he did come close. We’re lucky to […]

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