2018 LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS

On Saturday, June 16, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony in Toronto – this year held as part of the Canadian Writers’ Summit at the Harbourfront Centre – we were thrilled to honour the winners of six League of Canadian Poets awards: three book awards, one spoken word award, and two membership … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: BETH GOOBIE

Saskatchewan Arts Board Writing Grant by Beth Goobie   – from breathing at dusk by Beth Goobie, shortlisted for the 2018 Pat Lowther Memorial Award Coteau Books | 2017| 104 Page | $17.95 | Purchase online – Beth Goobie is the author of 25 books. breathing at dusk is her third … [click for more]

REVIEW: A GENEROUS LATITUDE | BY LENEA GRACE

ECW Press | 2018 | 88 Page | $18.95 | Purchase online Review by M.A. Mahadeo – Lenea Grace’s debut poetry collection A Generous Latitude is an intertwined tale of human interaction, love, loss, and the need for connection. Language transcends literal meaning to reflect today’s dating culture, I found … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: SUSAN ELMSLIE

    Trigger Warning by Susan Elmslie The sun was shining outside or it was raining. There were windows but none of them opened. I was wearing clothes but I was naked, that first day back in the classroom after the shooting. The next story we were scheduled to read … [click for more]

THE SHORTLIST IN CONVERSATION | SUSAN ELMSLIE AND BETH GOOBIE

Our conversation happened over a couple of weeks between year-end concerts (Beth plays percussion), end-of-term busyness (Sue’s a CEGEP teacher), grocery shopping (Beth), tending to sick kids (Sue). Both of us enjoyed the process. And both of us are very much looking forward to reading the other’s shortlisted book. BETH … [click for more]

ASK A SHORTLISTER: WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?

We asked the poets shortlisted for our 2018 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course – poetry. Join us for our weekly series Ask a Shortlister until the winners are announced on June 16, 2018. What keeps you going as a writer? Billy-Ray Belcourt: Now, I write for at least … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: MARY DI MICHELE

    Scotopia by Mary di Michele Beacon shining from the top of Mount Royal, a cross, unblinking under Capricorn. Beaver Lake is iced over. The ring in his pocket stays in his pocket. In the shadow of the red-tailed hawk, what’s left of a crow is now just tail … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: LESLEY BELLEAU

  Milkweed by Lesley Belleau Somehow the feasting attached itself to our bodies gnawing against each others hungry corners. Your tongue birchbark sliding my back against the earth your shoulders half hiding the moonsmile and our breaths are crawling like broken weavings in and out of each other. Isn’t firelight … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: PHOEBE WANG

    Permanent Status by Phoebe Wang I wake like a convalescent in an exemplary country naked between cloudy IKEA sheets and a duvet packed with goose feathers. I know a blanket of snow has been pulled over the world because I felt the weight of it like a benediction … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: THE FIRST EDIT

Column by Vanessa Shields I know there are many of us who are writers and parents. This is a wild duality to live. My intention with this column is to write about the challenges of being a parent and a writer. I aim to share stories that reflect both the difficult … [click for more]

ASK A SHORTLISTER: WHAT ARE YOU READING?

We asked the poets shortlisted for our 2018 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course – poetry. Join us for our weekly series Ask a Shortlister until the winners are announced on June 16, 2018. What are you currently reading? Billy-Ray Belcourt: I just read NOT HERE, Hieu Minh Nguyen’s … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: JULIE PAUL

HONDA CB-750 by Julie Paul At the crossroads of the crotch begins the vulval buzz: ten thousand bees, lips on a trumpet. Together we ride the road that tempts the sea to rise; leather to leather we lean through every curve together – your shoulder dips and machinery follows. Behind … [click for more]

ASK A SHORTLISTER: KAIE KELLOUGH

Kaie Kellough is one of three finalists for the 2018 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award. This annual award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality … [click for more]

ASK A SHORTLISTER: IAN KETEKU

Ian Keteku is one of three finalists for the 2018 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award. This annual award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the … [click for more]

GET TO KNOW THE SHORTLIST: SUSAN ELMSLIE

FROM “POETRY CURE: MUSEUM OF KINDNESS BY SUSAN ELMSLIE” ON ALL LIT UP Museum of Kindness is a collection of poems that register that symbolic lack in various ways, sometimes by offering as counterpoint the vulnerability that is at some level kin to kindness. The book is structured in four sections … [click for more]

ASK A SHORTLISTER: INFLUENCES

We asked the poets shortlisted for our 2018 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course – poetry. Join us for our weekly series Ask a Shortlister until the winners are announced on June 16, 2018. Is there a single piece of writing that has informed you (as a writer, … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: WENDY DONAWA

KitKats for the Blessed by Wendy Donawa My beloved lives down the river valley edged by escarpments wild above wolf willows and golfclub condos. .           Occasionally her neighbour’s garage opens .           to an Aladdin’s cave of pastel Rubbermaids .        … [click for more]

VANCOUVER’S NEWEST POET LAUREATE

>>From the Vancouver Sun’s article “Musqueam rapper Christie Charles named Vancouver’s poet laureate”: “It’s a really monumental thing for me. I’m super-excited and honoured to stand up and champion not just my work, but a lot of local First Nations, from Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and also urban Indigenous poets,” … [click for more]

ASK A SHORTLISTER: Can you describe your writing practice?

We asked the poets shortlisted for our 2018 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course – poetry. Join us for our weekly series Ask a Shortlister until the winners are announced on June 16, 2018. DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU’VE FOUND A WRITING PRACTICE THAT WORKS FOR YOU? IF … [click for more]

FRESH VOICES: CHRISTEN THOMAS, M.A. MAHADEO, MICHAEL QUILTY

Welcome to the eleventh edition of Fresh Voices, a project from and for the League’s associate members. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this opportunity … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: CANISIA LUBRIN

  That Instrument of Laughter by Canisia Lubrin Nowadays I like to say cool cool cool thrashing my tongue like iguana before even a li’l wind ruffle my branch. Because that was the dark, that was the dark between my lips, saying nothing beyond the resolute, so I forlorn, cool? … [click for more]

GET TO KNOW THE SHORTLIST: MARY DI MICHELE

FROM “BICYCLE THIEVES: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARY DI MICHELE” BY NATHANIEL G. MOORE FOR PRISM INTERNATIONAL Was “Life Sentences” always going to go up to 100 verses? How did that poem evolve during the process of completing Bicycle Thieves? For me, the poem was a page-turner, something readers of poetry don’t … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: BENJAMIN HERTWIG

    Night Convoy, Kandahar by Benjamin Hertwig you pitch past market .   stalls backlit like nativity grottos .   in prairie catholic churches where men in bare .   feet knead flour into naan .   share tea the news of the day swerve around .   skitter of dogs garbage and meatsmoke … [click for more]

REVIEW: THE PANIC ROOM | BY REBECCA PAPUCARU

Nightwood Editions | 2017 | 96 Page | $18.95 | Purchase online The Prodigal Daughter’s Return to Memory: Review by Diana Manole Our shared Romanian cultural background has instantly attracted me to The Panic Room (Nightwood Editions, 2017), Rebbeca Păpucaru’s debut collection of poems. I was keen to find out … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: KAREN ENNS

    White Flag by Karen Enns Our lives are dreamlike and ungrounded. What we thought we understood is left behind in yellowed newsprint on the seats of trains and buses, in the cellars of old houses with uneven roofs. What do we know of the solid calculations of our … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: PUNEET DUTT

Wild State by Puneet Dutt “…understand yourself as rendered hypervisible in the face of such language acts.” -Claudia Rankine when you lasso    voice down from a country rope burns the flesh mother or the grandfather die dirty words hang with friends in backseats when it forks at school where … [click for more]

EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: BILLY-RAY BELCOURT

THE CREATOR IS TRANS by Billy-Ray Belcourt the creator is trans and the earth is a psychology experiment to determine how quickly we mistake a body for anything but a crime scene the product of older crime scenes. there is a heaven and it is a place called gay. gay … [click for more]

TWUC’S ADVOCACY ALERT: HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

This is your chance to tell your story face-to-face with the MPs reviewing the Copyright Act.   From The Writer’s Union of Canada: The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology announced today it will hold formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions for the statutory review of the Copyright Act … [click for more]

2018 BOOK AWARDS: SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENTS

The League of Canadian Poets proudly presents the 2018 Book Awards shortlists for the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, the Raymond Souster Award and, together with the Calgary Spoken Word Society, the finalists for the 2018 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award. The winners will be announced in Toronto … [click for more]

#NPM18: WEEKLY ROUND-UP | WEEK FOUR

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at All Lit Up, 49th Shelf, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye each week; all month long. – … [click for more]

#NPM18: CANADIAN INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY

To celebrate Canadian Independent Bookstore Day, we’re sharing some of the awesome National Poetry Month displays installed in independent bookstores all across Canada that we’ve seen on social media this month. Click the photo to visit the bookseller’s website. Thanks to each and every small bookstore that makes a space … [click for more]

#NPM18: JOIN THE LEAGUE

Thinking of joining the League? Now is a great time to apply! Our membership year starts in April, making National Poetry Month the perfect launch point to maximize the benefits we offer. Prospective members make note: there’s still time to apply for support from our funding programs. Another great reason … [click for more]

#NPM18: TODAY IS POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY!

Today, April 26, 2018, we’re celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day – and we hope you’ll join us! On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. – … [click for more]

ANNOUNCING CALGARY’S NEW POET LAUREATE

>> From the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ article, “Sheri-D Wilson named Calgary Poet Laureate”: “As poets speak so they listen—poets listen through the ideas that arrive and arise from the earth and through community eyes. Calgary, Mohkínstsis, the place where two rivers meet—is an epicentre of poetry and spoken … [click for more]

#NPM18: LA POÉSIE PARTOUT | GUEST POST BY JONATHAN LAMY

de diffusion, de médiation et de dissémination de la poésie For the English translation of this article, click here. La poésie peut être faite partout, avoir lieu n’importe où. Voilà le principe fondateur de La poésie partout, un organisme à but non lucratif mis sur pied à Montréal en janvier 2017, … [click for more]

#NPM18: WEEKLY ROUND-UP | WEEK THREE

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at Open Book, All Lit Up, 49th Shelf, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye each week; all month long. … [click for more]

#NPM18: WEEKLY ROUND-UP | WEEK TWO

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at Open Book, All Lit Up, 49th Shelf, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye each week; all month long. … [click for more]

#NPM18: 10 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR FAVOURITE POETS

At the League, we work hard to support poets by administering programs and funds for governments and private donors and encouraging an appreciative readership and audience for poetry through educational partnerships and presentations to diverse groups. As the recognized voice of Canadian poets, we represent their concerns to governments, publishers, and the … [click for more]

#NPM18: THE GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT

The reveal of the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist is a significant date on the calendars of all those interested in Canadian poetry; it is the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English. Candidates are shortlisted in two categories: Canadian and International. The shortlist was released today, … [click for more]

2018 JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE

Congratulations to all the winners of our 2018 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize! We were blown away by the plentiful submissions we received this year, and we’re so excited to have the six winning poems published right here on our website. Get to know our winning poets a little better by reading their … [click for more]

STEPHANIE CHANG: BURIAL

  Burial  by Stephanie Chang, grade 10   The morning sickness loved me in this way:diaphanous heart shuddering in the grocery store,in the reservoir at 6AM. I leave you in the rain    where you told me to. I leave a pistol pressedto the corner of a New England sky or any place  you will find and decay in for centuries:    luminous until nothing is. … [click for more]

MELANIE THOMPSON: MARCUS

    Marcus by Melanie Thompson, grade 12 “There is lipstick smeared across my mirror. I have crushed so many tubes that I am left with a palette of shades of pink, orange, and red; a myriad of feminine torment. There are still strands of hair woven in my carpet … [click for more]

AMINAH ATTAR: ILLUSIVE

  Illusive by Aminah Attar, grade 12   An eloquent sari drapes my grandmother’s back; her navel Glazen golden brown Like the sun   behind her curtain lay scars tinged red and pink and; Golden brown she smiles   He hits Her.   How can I embrace where I come … [click for more]

STEPHANIE CUI: DAWN

    Dawn  by Stephanie Cui, grade 8   Out in the moonlight   The trees are glowing white.  They are fully dressed and await the wind’s call.     But the wind is a shy girl at four in the morning,   And she does not come out to play.  Dawn slowly … [click for more]

CONNIE XIE: A TREE’S LIFE

  A Tree’s Life  by Connie Xie, grade 9 We were once fishermen, and lived in this bay.  The strong winds remind us of the days we went out to sea.  Sailing day and night. Down here by the bay,  each season comes with its own gift,  and each gift … [click for more]

#NPM18: WEEKLY ROUND-UP | WEEK ONE

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at Open Book, All Lit Up, 49th Shelf, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye … [click for more]

#NPM18: DONATION DRIVE

  Your donations allow us to fund more projects – AKA more poetry – at the League! For a donation of $20 any time during the month of April, we’ll mail you a 2018 National Poetry Month Poster, designed by Megan Fildes. We are so thankful for the support we receive … [click for more]

MANUSCRIPT READERS

Members of the League are professional poets who are actively contributing to the development, growth, and public profile of poetry in Canada. We are happy to have members at all stages in their careers, and we are proud of the valuable network of writers this has created. Several of our … [click for more]

#NPM18: INTERVIEW WITH LEAH MACLEAN-EVANS

  League member Leah MacLean-Evans lives on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people. She’s the 2017 fiction winner of the Blodwyn Memorial Prize. Her writing has appeared in Qwerty, untethered, Ottawater, On Spec Magazine, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and is the proofreader of Grain Magazine.  We spoke with Leah  – the winner of … [click for more]

2018 NATIONAL BROADSHEET CONTEST WINNER: LEAH MACLEAN-EVANS

We are thrilled to reveal the winner of the League’s second annual National Broadsheet Contest: Leah MacLean-Evans! Her winning poem Name Me After a Fish was selected by this year’s judge and the winner of  last year’s inaugural contest, Doyali Islam for its “subtle vulnerabilities and playful humour.”       … [click for more]

#NPM18: ALL ABOUT POETS LAUREATE

This year, Canada named a new parliamentary poet laureate, Georgette LeBlanc! LeBlanc is from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec and writes poetry in the French language. Her published works include Alma (2007), Amédé (2010), Prudent (2013) (finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry), and most recently, Le Grand Feu (2016), published by Éditions Perce-Neige, where she edits the … [click for more]

REVIEW: THIS WOUND IS A WORLD | BY BILLY-RAY BELCOURT

Frontenac House | 2017 | 64 Page | $19.95 | Purchase online Reviewed by Hannah Karpinski on Lemonhound 3.0: Belcourt’s body, which has been subject to marginalizing inscriptions against both queerness and Indigeneity, tethers him to a world in which “native means lonely and lonely feels a lot like dying.” He … [click for more]

20 YEARS OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH IN CANADA

In case you didn’t already know, April is the League’s favourite time of year! It’s National Poetry Month, and this year is extra special because we get to celebrate its twentieth anniversary! Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets, NPM brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary … [click for more]

REVIEW: POETRY THAT HEALS | BY NAOMI BETH WAKAN

Shanti Arts Publishing | 2017 | 104 Page | $18.95 | Purchase online Review by Terry Ann Carter Naomi Wakan’s poetry journey Poetry That Heals begins in her “middle years” with a two year stay in Japan. As she began to translate a Japanese friend’s book of haiku into English (with … [click for more]

#NPM18: THE AL PURDY A-FRAME ASSOCIATION

We are proud to have the Al Purdy A-Frame Association join us on our National Poetry Month 2018 blog; after-all, Al Purdy (1918-2000) was a prolific Canadian poet and a founding member of the League of Canadian Poets! “Although he cherished the idea of being a writer from age 13, … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: ON FOOD & COOKING

Column by Vanessa Shields I know there are many of us who are writers and parents. This is a wild duality to live. My intention with this column is to write about the challenges of being a parent and a writer. I aim to share stories that reflect both the difficult … [click for more]

2018 BOOK AWARDS: LONGLIST ANNOUNCEMENTS

This year, the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, we are beyond excited to announce the finalists for our book awards… in longlists – for the first time ever! We receive so many spectacular submissions each and every year and longlists give us yet another opportunity to share more incredible … [click for more]

FRESH VOICES: MARIA FIGUEREDO, LINDA CROSFIELD, KAMAL PARMER

Welcome to the tenth edition of Fresh Voices, a project from and for the League’s associate members. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this opportunity … [click for more]

REVIEW: OUT OF PLACE | BY KATE ROGERS

Aeolus House | 2017 | 65 Page | $20.00 | Purchase online Review by Lisa Richter “How I Was Invented”: Belonging and (Dis)placement in Kate Rogers’ Out of Place Place is a difficult subject to write about. With more obscure or esoteric subjects, poets can maintain a safe emotional distance, … [click for more]

REVIEW: TABLE MANNERS | BY CATRIONA WRIGHT

Signal Editions | 2017 | 88 Page | $17.95 | Purchase online Reviewed by Julie Mannell on Vallum: Contemporary Poetry: It might be a stretch to call Wright’s poetry anti-Whitman because it seems both poets are driven by the urge to connect the body with the external world to show the … [click for more]

REVIEW: SIREN | BY KATERI LANTHIER

Signal Editions | 2017 | 80 Page | $17.95 | Purchase online Reviewed by Hannah Brown on Toronto Review of Books: In this collection, the poet delivers rich combinations of imagery, much of it urban, and often at night, as in one of the most startling poems, “Guanyin Lamp.”  Here … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: WRITING PROMPTS

Column by Vanessa Shields I know there are many of us who are writers and parents. This is a wild duality to live. My intention with this column is to write about the challenges of being a parent and a writer. I aim to share stories that reflect both the … [click for more]

FRESH VOICES: MELANIE FLORES, KJMUNRO, DAVID BRYDGES

Welcome to the ninth edition of Fresh Voices, a project from and for the League’s associate members. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this opportunity … [click for more]

2017 LECTURER: MARILYN DUMONT ON TOUR

  The Anne Szumigalski Lecture, inspired by the Margaret Laurence lecture series, is a talk which takes place annually at the League’s conference. These lectures create space for poets to stage conversations about poetry – about their craft and what poetry has meant to them, to their lives, their communities, their … [click for more]

2018 NATIONAL HAIKU CONTEST WINNER: JACQUIE PEARCE

Congratulations to Jacquie Pearce, the winner of our inaugural National Haiku Contest! Our guest jurors Terry Ann Carter and Naomi Beth Wakan selected two haiku by Jacquie Pearce as co-winning poems of the inaugural contest — the most delightful part of this? All 500+ haiku we received were judged blind … [click for more]

REVIEW: MAUNDER | BY CLAIRE KELLY

Palimpsest Press | 2017 | 72 Page | $18.95 | Purchase online Reviewed by Karen Hofmann on Prairie Fire:   “Maunder” is a pejorative term for meandering speech. In this grudging landscape, where everything should have a pragmatic, immediate purpose, to maunder is to go against the grain or flow, at … [click for more]

REVIEW: TRAILER PARK ELEGY | BY CORNELIA HOOGLAND

Harbour Publishing | 2017 | 88 Page | $18.95 | Purchase online Review by Vanessa Shields – Hoogland’s Trailer Park Elegy, a long poem, is a lament that skids down literal and metaphorical roads of memory and grief, shock and love, and pain and forgiveness. It moves jarringly between the present and … [click for more]

FRESH VOICES: KARIN COPE, NAN WILLIAMSON, BARBARA BLACK

Welcome to the eighth edition of Fresh Voices, a project from and for the League’s associate members. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this … [click for more]

10 MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2017

It’s that time of year: the round-up time of year. And of course we’re more than happy to jump on the bandwagon to round up a few of 2017’s most notable poetry collections! Below you’ll find 10 books by or selected by Leaguers as some of their favourite books read … [click for more]

2017 LCP CHALLENGE: THE TALLY

It’s been a busy year for us here at the League, full of exciting changes and new programming, but it’s never too busy to read! At the end of last year, we set up a poetry reading challenge that would challenge readers to step outside their comfort zones and diversify … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: KIDS AND READINGS

Column by Vanessa Shields I know there are many of us who are writers and parents. This is a wild duality to live. My intention with this column is to write about the challenges of being a parent and a writer. I aim to share stories that reflect both the … [click for more]

REVIEW: VOODOO HYPOTHESIS | BY CANISIA LUBRIN

Reviewed by Geoffrey Morrison on Debutantes: Lubrin’s book is about the dislocated psychogeography wrought by that history, working through the displacements of the African-Caribbean diaspora from her birthplace of St. Lucia in the Windward Antilles to the United States and “that cold Victorian country” of Canada to the outermost fringes … [click for more]

REVIEW: WINNOWS | BY MAXIANNE BERGER

Imago Press | 2016 Review by kjmunro — To winnow is to separate the wheat from the chaff, & in Winnows we find a series of erasure poems mined from Melville’s Moby Dick. These poems come from the novel, but do not tell the same story. At the beginning of … [click for more]

FRESH VOICES: TONY VALUCH, GREG STIDHAM, TONY BRATHWAITE

Welcome to the seventh edition of Fresh Voices, a project from and for the League’s associate members. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this … [click for more]

REVIEW: FRIENDLY + FIRE | BY DANIELLE LAFRANCE

Talonbooks | 2017 | 128 Page | $18.95 | Purchase online Review by Cam Scott — Friendly + Fire is a capella pornography, a multi-vocal argument concerning the collateral damages attendant upon military aggression, where the exceptional conditions definitive of combat suffuse an everyday civic. “Honey, it’s not your ginch, … [click for more]