THE WRITING PARENT: CHRISTMAS CATCH-UP

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]

POETS’ CORNER: ON MENTORSHIP | PEARL PIRIE

by League member Pearl Pirie | Find more in the Poets’ Corner here The single most pivotal moment in my 20 years of taking poetry workshops came in rob mclennan’s workshop where he took my poem, put a diagonal thru all 40-odd lines explaining, “I’ve heard this before, but these … [click for more]

POETS’ CORNER: ON MENTORSHIP | LESLEY STRUTT

Finding my Poetry Mentor and How that Changed my Writing Life by Associate Member Representative Lesley Strutt Before beginning this blog, I took a walk into my village to clear my mind. By chance, the swing bridge over the locks was open to let boats through. I was delayed long … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: THE TRUTH ABOUT TRAVEL

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: TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER | BY RAOUL FERNANDES

Nightwood Editions | 96 pages | March 2015 | $18.95 | Purchase online Review by Clay Everest — Raoul Fernandes’s debut collection Transmitter and Receiver by Nightwood Editions is an amazing collection that explores intimacy and interconnectedness. The poems are fragments, bits that are collected and re-purposed by Fernandes, like the friend from … [click for more]

MY WRITING DAY | ROB MCLENNAN

>>from rob mclennan’s blog Inspired by this, I decided to write up my own. 7:30am: Awake, to toddler footfalls; the length of hallway. Newborn squeaks. 7:45am: As Christine dresses toddler, newborn assists as I prepare cereal for toddler, put coffee on. Check email. Collect newspaper from the front step. Send … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: ASK THE KIDS

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]

INTERVIEW WITH PENN KEMP

>> Interview conducted by and originally posted by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Penn Kemp talks to PGC about her upcoming participation in the Canadian Writers’ Summit, the upcoming releases of Women & Multimedia and Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets, and the role of the playwright within the greater … [click for more]

ONE WEEK ON THE ROAD

by Alessandra Naccarato — DEPARTURE: Salt Spring Island, BC My cat did not do a very good job of saying goodbye. She slid past my legs and ran into the garden, up a tree. My partner did a better job. Walked me down the hill to the ferry. There’s something … [click for more]

READYING FOR THE ROAD

notes to self before departure  — by Alessandra Naccarato   Remember the first time you did this: Five years back, in thunderstruck winter, Montreal. It seemed like anything would be better than another month of unaffordable hydro, windows covered in frost, nights spent at Snack & Blues just trying to … [click for more]

CAPTIVATING THE IMAGINATION

by Renée Sarojini Saklikar — Dear Poets of the League, This first day of March and outside my office window, intimation of blossom, a set of cherry trees, the park below. Yes, it’s raining, again, in torrents—and I’m inside working on volume two of thecanadaproject, a long poem, The Heart of … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT – DANCING IN THE DUALITY

Guest post from League member 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, “The Writing Parent,” is to write about the challenges of being a parent and a writer. I aim to … [click for more]

Become a #PoetryCity | Devenez une #VillePoésie

Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi has officially issued the challenge: Mayors across Canada can now take up the #PoetryCity challenge by inviting a poet to read during a council meeting in March or April. Last year, over 70 communities participated in the challenge. This year, we hope for even more! Find out … [click for more]