Books & Collaborations
I have published four chapbooks over the last nine years, entitled Exhale to December, New Dream, The Morning Glories and Free. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of these. The Cartographer’s Skin, a Canadian bestseller, is available for purchase on the right hand side of this website’s homepage (Please drop me an email if you would like to have the book signed to a certain individual). I have been thrilled with the continued success of this collection, a huge thank you to all of my readers. As you know, poetry is not the most lucrative of arts, and the wonderful support I receive makes all these efforts viable as well as rewarding.
I continue to collaborate with artists from all genre’s, particularly those in the musical field. Over the last three years, I have worked on a series of projects with composer Mitch Renaud. Two years ago, we collaborated on string quartet version of my original poem, Reckless, which was featured in a reading session by the internationally celebrated St. Lawrence String Quartet (Standford University) and a student concert series at U of T. We collaborated last March on a thematic piece for a piano concert of U of T composers, entitled Generations (my contribution to this event inspired a short original poem, ‘Beethoven Walks’, which was recently long listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize). These concerts take place in Haliconian Hall (Yorkville) and, if you haven’t had the chance to check out the venue, please come just for that. It’s a renovated church which doubles beautifully as a music hall, and is filled with art and (in my experience) amazing people. I was recently thrilled to find out the hall, a celebrated Toronto Historical site, was founded in 1909 to give professional women in the arts and letters and place to meet and collaborate. Glad to see it still wholly fulfils the mandate…
Also, check out Mitch’s homepage if you have a chance; he is a gifted composer and always innovative in his work. Definitely worth a listen.
I have a few tracks on Kevin Fortnum’s cd Sea Docks Doxies, one of which is a collaborative version of ‘Morning Skin’ (the first poem in The Cartographer’s Skin). Check out my Audio page for a sampling…
My poetry collection, The Cartographer’s Skin, which contains the page version of Reckless, came out in May 2010 (Piquant Press). Special thanks to James Dewar and Sue Reynolds for a fantastic event. Made all those hours of solo writing more than count.