I sat down a while back and had a conversation with good friend and poet andrea bennett on the wonderful world of submissions. We chatted about acceptance and rejection, and how to bounce back from disappointment. Read it here or by clicking the logo below, and check out Maisonneuve magazine for a regular dose of literary greatness.
I am happy to announce that Boobs is now out in the world! Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts was launched this past Friday at Heartwood Community Cafe, and the evening made me both laugh and cry with its wonderfulness. (Literally - I teared up more than once.) The readings spanned familiar topics including bra shopping and friend envy, introduced us to stories of illness and perseverance, and took a brave and bawdy look at all things breast. It was tops.
Pics are below, photo credit to the collection's fabulous editor Ruth Daniell.
If you would like to procure a copy of your very own Boobs, it can be purchased here, or ask your local indie!
Exciting news, friends: I get to spend this entire post talking about boobs! And not just the body parts - I get to recommend to you the collection "Boobs: Women explore what it means to have breasts," forthcoming this spring from Caitlin Press.
Made up of stories and poetry, and edited by my lovely fellow UBC-grad Ruth Daniell, "Boobs" promises to be a delight and a challenge, a book about breasts like there's never been before. My non-fiction piece "The Exhibitionist" is included in its pages, and I'm beyond pleased to be amongst such a fine company of writers (seriously, check out the line-up here). I'm not always comfortable talking about bodies, so this is an exercise in doing things that feel scary. And wherever you fall on the breast-appreciation spectrum, there is likely to be a story in this anthology that speaks to you.
There will be a book launch coming soon, and I'll be sure to post details. Until then, pre-order your copy, and may your cups runneth over! (Yay? Nay? Boob jokes, yes?)
Howdy, 2016! I've gotten behind on my news, so I shall jump in directly. First off, I reviewed Elaine Woo's striking Cycling with the Dragon for Room Magazine. Check out the full review here.
Secondly, I've had my first non-fiction piece selected for publication, so I'll be posting more about that as the project develops. Suffice to say, I'm pretty excited.
And lastly, I've been chipping away at my resolutions for the year. My apartment is slowly getting an overhaul, thanks to Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Anyone else experience a thrill when getting rid of disused items? Just me? Okay.
Hope 2016 has been treating you well so far!
I'm happy to announce (albeit a couple months behind the official announcement) that my poem "Mannequins" has been selected for inclusion in the Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2015 anthology. To say that I'm excited would be an understatement - the work in this collection is phenomenal. I've had a sneak peek, and I might have teared up, the poems are that good. Keep your eyes peeled for an October release date, and keep dreaming! Because look what kinds of cool things can happen out of the blue.