Archive for the ‘News’ Category

h1

Article: Quill and Quire

December 19, 2015

Here’s a personal essay I wrote for the Quill and Quire, Canada’s book trade magazine, on the state of distraction. Or at least my state of distraction. And how this has led to my strange book, Diversion.

“I feared I was drying up. I feared I was getting old. I feared I was fading away instead of fulfilling my original plan, which was to burn out. I used to have ideas while waiting in lines at grocery stores, or while sitting in a bar, or walking down the street. Now all that time was filled with other distractions: pings from texts, Twitter alerts, 24-hour news crawls, cat videos on Facebook, ads talking to me at bus stops, five to 10 TVs per bar, all tuned to different channels, phone calls interrupting other phone calls, Candy Crush levels to be beaten, emails delivered directly to a watch on the wrist. That cavernous chamber in the brain was now filled all the time. I wasn’t writing because I was distracted.”

h1

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.

h1

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.”

Diversion_hiRes

h1

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
h1

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.

Diversion_hiRes

h1

Publication: Lemon Hound

May 8, 2015

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.

Diversion_hiRes

h1

Event: Frye Festival

April 7, 2015

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.