READINGS & OTHER NEWS
I will be featured at the Ottawa Internation Writers Festival (virtual edition) as part of a short story writers podcast on September 18, 2020.
My scheduled readings for spring 2020 in Ottawa, Kingston, the Vancouver, area, Victoria and Toronto have been cancelled because of the Covid-19 virus. A couple of my readings went ahead as online events, and links to the recorded ones are included below.
Pre-pandemic, I read from both Tower and This White Nest as a featured reader at Hamilton's Lit Live series, on February 2, 2020.
I had two wonderful launches for This White Nest: a home-town launch at Ottawa's Manx Pub on November 30, 2019 and the full Quattro Books launch in Toronto on December 4, 2019.
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In 2019, I was a featured reader at Toronto's Pivot Reading Series, and was part of the issue launch for the latest version of Ottawa online magazine, Ottawater. I also read in Toronto, Sarnia and Ottawa in May and June as part of the celebration of Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. I gave two workshops for the Ottawa Public Library: one on ekphrastic poetry and one on 'poetry and place'. I read at the issue launches for Vallum 16.2, the Fear issue, in Toronto and Montreal . 2019 closed out the year at the Peter F. Yacht Club reading at the Carleton Tavern.
2018 was busy. I was guest poet at the Ottawa Storytellers Stories and Tea event (with Phil Nagy, storyteller), and closed out the year at the Peter F. Yacht Club reading at the Carleton Tavern. I led two workshops for the Ottawa Public Library: one on Ekphrastic Poetry, and one on "The 'I' of a Poem".
I toured New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the fall of 2018 with my novella Tower , including readings at
Attic Owl Reading Series in Moncton (with Jo-Anne Elder), at Odd Sundays in Fredericton, at the public libraries in Yarmouth and Lockeport, at the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia in Halifax and at Lexicon Books in Lunenberg. Everywhere except Moncton, I was lucky to read alongside Janet Barkhouse. E. Alex Pierce joined us in Lockeport.
I launched my novella, Tower, on June 30, 2018 at the Manx Pub in Ottawa, with Deborah-Anne Tunney and Cora Sire joining me as co-readers. Then, on September 23, I had the great privilege to be the inaugural reader in the Short Reading Series , at the Lieutenants' Pump, on Elgin Street in Ottawa.
John Buschek, the publisher of my poetry collection (among many other publications over the 20+ year history of BuschekBooks), was inducted in the VerseFest Hall of Honour in March 2018 for his contribution to the Ottawa and national literary scene. With John having closed up shop on the press, books can no longer be purchased through bookstores (online or bricks and mortar) but are still available directly from me.
Vancouver Poets Corner series, May 20, 2020 (featured reader - full set). Watch here
Burnaby Spoken Ink series, May 19, 2020 (feature reader - full set). Watch here
Vallum Poetry issue launch, April 24, 2020 ("We Knew" from issue 17.1). Watch here
Dead Poets' Reading Series, March 30, 2020 (reading poems by Jane Kenyon). Watch here.