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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Winnipeg Reading!

Here are the specs, as provided by Ariel Gordon, the lovely Winnipeg poet who organized the event: Terminal Reading: Booth, Diaz, Coffey & LeTourneau Date: Thursday, September 9, 7:00 pm Location: Aqua Books (274 Garry Street, between Graham and Portage) Cost: FREE Writers Ian LeTourneau and Sherry Coffey are moving from Alberta to New Brunswick. […]

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The Second Book Project Interview: Tracy Hamon

The Lowdown: I’m in the middle of writing my second book of poetry. I wondered how other poets who have finally published their second book approached it and felt about the process, etc. And then there’s all kinds of other quirks related to the writing, publication and reception of their second books that I wondered […]

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The Second Book Project Interview: Zachariah Wells

The Lowdown: I’m in the middle of writing my second book of poetry. I wondered how other poets who have finally published their second book approached it and felt about the process, etc. And then there’s all kinds of other quirks related to the writing, publication and reception of their second books. So I asked […]

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Coming Soon…

…to this blog: The Second Book project. I’ve been working on my second book of poems now for close to three years and am finding the experience a tough slog. I feel as though the next book has to be much better than the first: I’m trying new forms and new subject matter, and I’m […]

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Against Branding

I saw this link posted by Karen Bass on my Facebook newsfeed. The author of the piece, Maureen Johnson, relates how she ended up as a panelist with another author who was obsessed with her brand and obsessed with telling everyone. And she has penned a manifesto against branding. One reason I would hate to […]

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