Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Now Out!

The most recent issue of Prairie Fire arrived!



It includes my essay, "Hours of Daylight," another from the collection about my mother and her illness and our family. I'm so pleased that Betsy Warland recognized it and I'm honoured that it appears in this company. 

Managing journals and contests is a lot of work, and I appreciate the effort that groups across Canada put in to make our work available to readers. Thanks so much, Prairie Fire!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Recent Reading

I've read a bunch of really great books lately, including this one.


I especially like this quote, page 215: "In the long run, the revision process feels better if you approach it with curiosity. Each editorial mark can't register as a 'mistake' that threatens the spider ego. Remind yourself that revising proves you care for the reader and the nature of your ambition."

Curiosity. Check! Back to work.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

One Today: History to Question

"...history to question..."



"hope--a new constellation/waiting for us to map it/waiting for us to name it--together"

Today, I remember that the "American" continents look the way they do because of theft and murder, the shameful dismissal of lives, human and other. That the exploitation is redoubled, today.

And I remember that we can again face the stars and map that constellation. Hope.

Here is the full text of Richard Blanco's Inaugural poem, "One Today."


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Entanglement: Dogs and Love and the Passage of Time

"One recent morning, I went for a walk and saw a dog."

My essay "Entanglement" has appeared at Atticus Review, a daily online journal that provides "a platform, not a pulpit." You can check out my essay at this link.

I'm thrilled to have work in this publication! The Nonfiction page alone has many gems, though given my stubborn streak about relating quantum physics to love and to dogs, I'm especially drawn to Infrared, by Morgan Conyer.

Many thanks to the folks at Atticus. All publications, whether print or online, require time and dedication as well as a strong commitment to public discourse. Again, thank you.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

At The Grief Diaries

My essay, "Let d Be the Distance Between Us," is currently available at The Grief Diaries, "a magazine of art and writing about loss." It's part of their Volume 4, Issue 1 Anniversary Issue. I invite you to read it!

While you're there, check out the other writing and art--lots of crackerjack intergenerational nonfiction as well as moving fiction, translations, poetry, art, and a photo essay. Beautiful work in this current issue as well as in the archives!

It's exciting to have work in part of a larger conversation about mothers, daughters, love, and grief. I'm grateful.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Interview with Thunder Bay Public Library

Over at "Off the Shelf," the blog for the Thunder Bay Public Library, you can read an interview with me. In it, I talk about working with scientists and engineers, publishing in literary journals, and the big umbrella that is "creative nonfiction."

Shauna Kosoris asked great questions, and I had a lot of fun answering them. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

In one of my answers, I mentioned revising one particular essay many times--I'm pleased that this essay, "Entanglement," has been accepted by Atticus Review. Stay tuned for its publication date.

While you're at "Off the Shelf," check out some of the other content--book reviews, recommendations, and interviews.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Vote

Elections are underway on both sides of the border--primaries in the US, and tomorrow, the Ontario Provincial election in Canada.

This was my first time to vote in an election in Canada. I voted early. I didn't have to wait at all. It was easy and fabulous. (Fingers crossed the result will be, too.)

Vote.


EDITED TO ADD: Seriously, Ontario? Sigh.