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’AbbĂ©, 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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I’m Running for City Council in Fredericton’s Ward 6!

If you’re looking for information about my campaign for city council, please click here. You’ll find my platform, links to interviews and photos, and much more! If you live in Ward 6, I hope I can count on your support on May 14, 2012. The polls: Advance polls: Saturday, May 5 and Monday, May 7, […]

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Coming Soon: Book Reviews

In the Spring I started receiving new books from Brick Books. Since then I have been too busy (reviewing for magazines, working, judging the City of Ottawa Best Poetry Book Prize, and looking for work) and have just began reading them. This happened to coincide with getting the first two books of the Fall releases. […]

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Jack Layton (1950-2011)

Twenty-four hours ago, I learned that Jack Layton had died. It was a shock. Still is. Since he became the leader, he has been an inspiring figure for me with his commitment to social justice, democracy and optimism. His belief in making the world a better place made me feel as though my same belief […]

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