It was an unexpected surprise to find myself on the longlist for CV2’s 2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize (for real—a friend texted me about it and I was like huh??? I am??? Always a fun way to find out nice things).
The longlisted poem, “Just Desserts,” is something new and uncharacteristic for me. It’s a straightforward narrative lyric poem, which might be a safe zone or sweet spot for some, but is usually an uncomfortable and risky space for me.
It’s a welcomed push to continue with the new and to take personal risks—not only formal ones.
When one of my oldest and closest friends, the incredible artist and designer Ashley Olivieri, asked me to collaborate with her on her first gallery showing DREW EXPOSED, I was honoured. Having been familiar with this project since its inception, I provided this curatorial note. I couldn’t be prouder of Ashley—she’s one of the hardest working people I know. She’s almost sold out all her pieces already, obviously.
Drew Exposed is on at The Letter Bet (4919 Notre Dame St. West, Montreal) from July 7th to July `6th, 2017.
A profound congratulations to Noor for winning the 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers--it was such an honour to be recognized alongside of her. Noor is one of the kindest, most gracious people I know and hearing her reading from her selection, “The Mistress and the Ping,” seemed to stop time. I can’t wait to hold her future collection in my hands.
Thank you so much to The Writer’s Trust of Canada, RBC, and award founder Carolyn Smart for a beautiful, generous, and career-affirming experience.
PS: The entire finalists reading was recorded! The magic of technology. You can listen to Tyler, Noor, and myself read from our poetry HERE!
For the month of April, poet and novelist (and friend!) Jennifer LoveGrove is the Writer in Residence over at Open Book. I was lucky enough to answer some questions on poetry prompts and exercises as part of Jennifer's ongoing series.
Check it out HERE.
+ Happy national poetry month!
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Poet. Chapbook: Interzones (2015). Currently: All Day I Dream About Sirens (forthcoming).