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Poetry Reading - Monty Reid & Dvora Levin

Poetry Reading – Monty Reid & Dvora Levin

Host and poet Wendy Morton introduced poets Monty Reid from Ottawa and Dvora Levin at the weekly Planet Earth Poetry readings at the Black Stilt cafe in Victoria. An open mike reading preceded the two main readers.  A special guest who read during the open mike and then came back to read last was sidewalk [...]

Nicole Markotic - Interview

Nicole Markotic – Interview

LP: You have a novel coming out shortly? What can you tell us about it? NM: OK, I’m not the greatest at speaking about my own books, but I’ll give this a whirl… Here’s what we came up with for the back blurb: Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot is a narrative of longing [...]

Theresa Kishkan - Red Laredo Boots and Phantom Limb - Interview

Theresa Kishkan – Red Laredo Boots and Phantom Limb – Interview

LP: You’ve had two books of essays published Red Laredo Boots ( New Star Books ) and Phantom Limb ( Thistledown Press ). What is it about the essay form that interests you as a writer? tk: I have a curious and undisciplined mind. I’m interested in the details of a place, a time, the [...]

Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry - Reading/Launch

Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry – Reading/Launch

Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poets published by Mother Tongue Publishing had a launch and reading at Victoria’s Bolen Books. The anthology edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch contains poems from 108 contributors from British Columbia. Posters, books and postcards for the launch. Publisher and editor Mona Fertig performed MC duties Kyeren Regehr [...]

Jailbreaks 99 Canadian Sonnets - Zachariah Wells, Steven Price, Lyle Neff, Alan Wilson - Reading

Jailbreaks 99 Canadian Sonnets – Zachariah Wells, Steven Price, Lyle Neff, Alan Wilson – Reading

Jailbreaks 99 Canadian Sonnets (published by Biblioasis) had it’s Victoria launch as part of the weekly Friday night reading series Planet Earth Poetry at the Black Stilt Cafe. Regular host Wendy Morton was out of town so MC duties were handled by Yvonne Blomer. Jailbreaks editor Zach Wells was joined by contributors Lyle Neff, Steven [...]

John Barton - Interview

John Barton – Interview

LP: You’ve just started a Writer in Residence gig at the Saskatoon Public Library. How long will you be there? JOB: The position last nine months from the beginning of September 2008 to the end of May 2009. LP: Why did you decide to go to Saskatoon? JOB: I grew up on the prairies, in [...]

Anonymous Bookshelf #3

Anonymous Bookshelf #3

Al Purdy House For Sale

The Purdy house on Robin Lake in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, built by Al Purdy and fellow poet Milton Acorn, is being put up for sale by his widow Eurithe. Attempts to have the house preserved as a writers’ retreat have attracted little interest. From the Globe and Mail.

Jailbreaks, 99 Canadian Sonnets - An interview with Editor Zacharia Wells

Jailbreaks, 99 Canadian Sonnets – An interview with Editor Zacharia Wells

Jailbreaks, 99 Canadian Sonnets, edited by Zacharia Wells LP: How did Jailbreaks come to be? ZW: I’ve always been drawn to the sonnet and had read a few recently published international sonnet anthologies. I found them to be not quite international enough, particularly when it came to Canada. I started mentally cataloguing all the Canadian [...]

Only Poetry

A story from Crosscut about a Seattle book store that sells only poetry. It is one of only two poetry only bookstores in the USA (The other is in Cambridge, Mass.). The two owners keep costs down by employing only themselves and not computerizing, all sales and inventory are kept track of in a spiral [...]