First, most recent news: I am elated to have won first place in CV2 Magazine‘s annual 2-Day Poem Contest! The challenge: write a poem in two days, using the words absquatulated, stippled, dank, unroofed, bunk, foundling, bombastic, daguerreotype, begets, and copacetic. My winning entry can be found here!
I’ve been extremely busy, teaching full-time (summer is off the hook, as they say, in the private language school biz), and doing my best to enjoy summer in Toronto, as rainy as it’s been. I’m most excited right now about an upcoming reading in New York at the Bowery Poetry Club, as part of Why Are There Words-NYC‘s monthly reading series. The Facebook event page for the reading is now up!
Hello again. It’s been a while. The last few months have been a whirlwind for me, filled with the tremendous, unprecedented joy of launching my book, Closer to Where We Began, at the Glad Day Bookstore in Toronto, on April 12, 2017, to a most appreciative and receptive audience that included some of my dearest friends and family. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege and reading alongside other fantastic poets, including fellow Tightrope authors Ron Charach and Karen Mulhallen, Jennifer LoveGrove, Katheri Lanthier, Julie Cameron Gray, Bänoo Zan, Steven Takatsu, Maureen Scott Harris, and perhaps most notably, one of my oldest, dearest friends, Kelly Norah Drukker, whose award-winning debut collection, Small Fires, came out last year. In the process, it’s been beyond thrilling to meet and get to know so many lovely folks in the Toronto community, who have been incredibly kind and generous with their feedback on my book. Other cool stuff: I turned the not-so-big 4-0, and had a fantastic weekend trip to New York. I’ve been teaching full-time again and focusing a lot of energy on my students, who continue to challenge and inspire in all kinds of ways, every day. More adventures await. More to come!
Pardon the fuzzy photo. Book launch at the Glad Day Bookstore, April 12, 2017
My book launch event information is now up on my Events page, and my first full-length collection, “Closer to Where We Began,” is available for pre-order through the Tightrope Books spring catalogue!
I’m incredibly excited to have work recently accepted in Canthius, The Minola Review, Crab Creek Review and (parenthetical). Thank you so much to the editors of these fine publications, I’m truly honoured. The first two of these journals are specifically devoted to showcasing the women and non-binary writers, something we most definitely need more of, now more than ever.
(after Cohen’s “For Anne”) With Leonard gone whose voice to compare with the evening wind? Not that I did compare, but I do compare, now that he’s gone.