Well, it’s been almost a year since my last post… but I’ve returned with some pretty glorious excuses. The first one is named Auden Harrison Branton, the newest love of my life, my beautiful son. It’s been five months of singing softly, walking around in the sunshine, introducing him to the textures of nature and experiencing a level of elation that I’m sure will show up in my work. For now, however, fall has brought poetry back into my blood, so expect to see me a lot more often on this site…
Speaking of fall, Now Magazines Best of Toronto issue is out next week, and I was so thrilled to be nominated for Best Poet again this year, especially alongside the amazing Andrea Thompson, Christian Bok, Dionne Brande, Jenny Sampirisi, Lizzie Violet and Robert Priest. Poetry is a solitary affair, and knowing that you connect with others through your work is quite a feat of physics (or feels like one), and hugely gratifying. Thank you to all who voted, and support my (and all) poetry. It has been a huge year for me, publication wise, with nine new poems in Canadian literary journals. Please look out for new poems in The New Quarterly, Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review and Prairie Fire!
I have also been busy editing my newest collection, Tourist, which will be out in spring 2016. In the meantime, I’ll be heading to the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) this weekend to check out the launch of Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books). The series is edited by Molly Peacock and Anita Lahey, two astonishingly talented women, one of whom I been lucky to learn from over the last couple of years; Molly has been an incredible mentor and editor as I sought to build Tourist into the collection I wanted it to be. Being in the hands of someone absolutely fluent in their craft was a true joy, and, as a professional teacher myself, a pretty graceful way to remember what it feels like to be a student. It would be an understatement to say I couldn’t have done it without her (I wouldn’t have wanted to), and I thank her for friendship, wisdom, and support.
I’ve updated all pages on the site, so feel free to explore. I’ll be releasing details about the launch in the next few months, as well as any upcoming readings. In the meantime, hope to see you at the IFOA this weekend.
Thanks for listening,
- Toronto’s Best Poet – Now Magazine Honours!
- Best Canadian Poetry Launch – ‘English Channel’ Makes the Longlist!