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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: 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

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.



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.



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.


Publication: New Cover

February 4, 2015

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.



Interview: The Next Chapter

October 20, 2014

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.)