A few of the poems from my upcoming book Diversion make a rare appearance at Lemon Hound. Sadly, Lemon Hound will be closing shortly, so I’m glad to have squeaked back in there. It was a hub for genuine and passionate discussion and publication of poetry and literature. One of the great sites of the country, for people who love words. It’ll be missed.
I’ll be reading and teaching at the Frye Festival in Moncton at the end of April/beginning of May. If you’re around, please come say hi. Reading from both the kids book and the poetry.
I’ll be in Ontario at the start of March for two readings: LitLive in Hamilton and Rower’s Pub. I’m on the bill both times with my wife Elisabeth de Mariaffi, as well as a host of other great authors. Please come see!
(with Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Diane Schoemperlen, Geoffrey Line, Taylor Wilson)
Sunday, March 1, 730 pm
Homegrown Hamilton (27 King William St., Hamilton)
(with Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Waubgeshig Rice, and Kathleen Winter)
Monday, March 2, 630pm
The Central (603 Markham St., Toronto)
I haven’t been keeping very good care of this site! Too many other projects on the go and not enough exciting news. A few readings and publications here and there, but I’ve mostly been concentrating on my wife Elisabeth de Mariaffi‘s new novel, The Devil You Know. Check that out. I’m always at her to update her site, so here I am taking my own advice.
Today, I received the cover art for my new book coming in the Fall, so I thought I would post! David Gee has done it again. This is the third cover he’s done for me and my third book with ECW. I love it. What amazes me is that for all three, Glimpse, Whiteout, and Diversion, he got it exactly right the first time.
If you want to read one of the poems from it, check out this page at Hazlitt.
Here’s me talking to Shelagh Rogers about my position as Poet Laureate of St. John’s. The interview was recorded in late summer at the Writers at Woody Point festival in Western Newfoundland. Shelagh’s long been a supporter of my work, and I respect her immensely. Listen at this link (I am the last five minutes or so of the show.)
I sat as a juror for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize this year, reading 127 books from 52 publishers over about 8 months. It wasn’t easy, but it was fascinating. The shortlist is here and copied below. I really wish there could have been a longlist, because there are easily three or four more books that could have made this list. But you can’t choose them all. My fellow jurors, Neil Bissoondath and Helen Humphreys were absolutely brilliant readers and we were very much all on the “same page” throughout the process. Congratulations to the shortlisted writers. The winner will be announced November 4.