Readings: Toronto, Kingston, Montreal

November 13, 2015

I’ll be leaving tomorrow for Toronto, where I’ll be reading at Jay and Hazel Millar’s awesome HIJ reading series on Sunday. After that, I’ll be in Kingston for a reading and talk at Queen’s University. On Tuesday I’ll be at Concordia in Montreal for a crack at the Writer’s Read series there (which has a daunting list of previous readers). Fun times. After that, I get to stop touring this book and maybe sometime in the future think about writing again. Wouldn’t that be nice?

HIJ Reading Series
Jeramy Dodds, Elisabeeth de Mariaffi, Karen Solie and George Murray
Sunday, Nov 15, 2pm
BookThug HQ
260 Ryding Avenue

Reading and Q&A
Elisabeth de Mariaffi and George Murray
Monday, Nov 16, 1pm
Queen’s University
Watson Hall 517

Writers Read
Elisabeth de Mariaffi and George Murray
Tuesday, Nov 17, 7pm
Concordia Univeristy
John Molson School of Business, 2.130 Floating Box Room

I hope you come out to the one nearest you. My understanding is the Millars serve pie. I’ve requested blueberry. A nice way to end the book tour.


Interview: Open Book Toronto

October 16, 2015

Here’s an interview I did with Open Book Toronto about Diversion and the ideas behind it.

I started recording ALL my thoughts instead of just the ones that came from those moments of epiphany that sometimes led to poems. The rush of ideas and thoughts was enormous, but of course, the vast majority of them were idiotic, or profane, or pornographic, or otherwise horrifying to me. My mind was sometimes pinging off the works of Seamus Heaney and sometimes off the works of Taylor Swift. Sometimes I had an idea while watching a sitcom, other times while watching a cat video, other times while shopping Amazon, other times while watching porn, and still other times while listening to my kids talk about Nintendo. I decided to keep it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly — and see what came of it. And a sort of aphorism-like poetry came out of it.

Now, obviously I didn’t mean to suggest I’m a porn watcher (I bet my SEO is doing great right now!), but rather that pop-up porn is a thing that happens when clicking through from random websites. Clearly I need to read my interviews over before I let them be published. :)


Reviews: Winnipeg and St. John’s

October 6, 2015

The first two reviews for Diversion are in, and they’re great! Jonathan Ball’s poetry column in the Winnipeg Free Press gives a few paragraphs, claiming:

“Murray jostles between rage and comedy… Murray doesn’t simply mimic online chatter. Each line is self-contained, but also scaffolds its poem. Diversion may seem tailor-made for devotees of social media, but it’s actually for people who hate social media.”

In The Overcast, Shannon Webb-Campbell does a sort of profile review and writes:

“Instead of harbouring poetry’s quiet emotions, Diversion harnesses anger, bliss, shame, and awe.”



Events: Diversion in October

October 5, 2015

I’ve got a few events coming up in October in St. John’s and Ontario. Come see me!



Events: Fall Readings

September 3, 2015

This is the Fall reading schedule for me and Diversion so far.  Hope you save the date so I can see you there.

  • Winnipeg, Thin Air Festival
    Sept 23, 2:30pm, McNally Robinson, in chat with Gary Garry Thomas Morse
    Sept 23, 7:30, Mainstage, Poetry Bash
  • St.John’s, Launch
    Oct 8, 7:30pm, The Ship, Drinking games to be played
  • London, Poetry London
    Oct 14, 7:30pm, Landon Branch Library, Reading with Ricardo Sternberg
  • Toronto, ECW Launch
    Oct 19, 7:30, Location TBA
  • Toronto, Pivot Readings
    Oct 21, 8pm, The Steady Cafe, Reading with Meira Cook and Kevin Hardcastle
  • Ottawa,
    Nov 15, Time TBA, Location TBA
  • Queen’s University, Kingston
    Nov 16, Time TBA, Reading with Elisabeth de Mariaffi
  • Montreal, Writers Read
    Nov 17, 7pm, Reading with Elisabeth de Mariaffi

News: Books coming!

August 9, 2015

All things going well, a box of my new book Diversion (a poetic investigation of distraction and the narrowing divide between profundity and mundanity) should arrive at my door tomorrow. In celebration, here is a previously unpublished poem from the book. It’s the third in the sequence. I hope you buy it! (Amazon link for those who dig that sort of place.)



Events: UBC, Woody Point, Thin Air and More

June 27, 2015

Not been very good about maintaining this site. I’ve been working on another site quite a bit, and really haven’t had a lot to report, besides a few publications. Mostly I’ve spent my days editing and reediting my upcoming book Diversion (cheaper Amazon link here, but I would encourage you to buy indy at McNally or your local) — but my editors have finally taken it away from me and now I have nothing to tinker with. So here are some upcoming events for this summer and autumn, where you can catch me as pass through cities other than St. John’s:

  • UBC Creative Writing I’ll be teaching in the MFA at UBC this summer and am there for two weeks in July.
  • Writers At Woody Point I’m reading at Woody Point with Joan Clark, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Steven Galloway, Elizabeth Hay, Lawrence Hill, Miriam Toews, Kathleen Winter, and some lady named “Margaret Atwood”.
  • St. John’s Launch No official date yet confirmed, but Diversion will launch in St. John’s in September.
  • Winnipeg’s Thin Air I’ll be reading at a bunch of school as a kids authors as well as at the poetry bash as a poet. Presumably an adult one. Actually, once you get the new book you’ll see: it gets a little blue.
  • Poetry London I’ll be reading in London, ON as part of the Poetry London series on Oct 14.
  • Toronto Events So far I’ll be reading at an as-yet-unscheduled ECW launch in October as well as at the great and storied reading series Pivot on Oct 21.



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