Archive for October, 2009


Publications: Riddle Fence and New Welsh Review

October 28, 2009

November will see the publication of three new poems in two new(ish) journals. Riddle Fence will carry “The Snails” and “Esau and I” and The New Welsh Review from the UK will carry “Song for Memory”. Two great examples of regional magazines that also maintain national and international points of focus.


News: Governor General’s Award Finalists

October 15, 2009

The finalists for the GGs (kind of like a Canadian version of the Pulitzer) in Poetry were announced this morning. I served as a juror for the process and am quite proud of the list. Of course there were many more I would like to have included, but I did what I could. Good luck to all the finalists. Results announced in November.


  • David W. McFadden, “Be Calm, Honey” (Mansfield Press)
  • Philip Kevin Paul, “Little Hunger” (Nightwood Editions)
  • Sina Queyras, “Expressway” (Coach House Books)
  • Carmine Starnino, “This Way Out” (Gaspereau Press)
  • David Zieroth, “The Fly in Autumn” (Harbour Publishing)

Events: Speaking and Panels

October 10, 2009

I’ve been working away on my new books, so I’ve not kept up much here, but two things could stand with some notice:

For librarians in Ontario:

I’ve been asked to speak on blogging and e-writing by the Ontario Public Library Association for something called “RA in a Day”. You can sign up online here. I’m in the morning session.


Friday, October 23, 2009
8:30 am – 4:30 pm ET


Ontario Bar Association,
20 Toronto Street, 2nd
Floor, Toronto

For writers in Newfoundland:

I’ve been asked to speak to the Writers’ Alliance of NL AGM about… internet writing, I think. You can register here.


Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1


Battery Hotel & Suites
100 Signal Hill Road
St. John’s