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New on-line interview

You can read a new on-line interview of me talking about Canadian poetry and publishing with Jonathan Ball, posted on his blog here.

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Named as Winnipeg Public Library Writer-in-Residence

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been named as the Winnipeg Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence for 2009-10, succeeding playwright Bruce McManus. My term will begin on Oct. 1, 2009, and continue through the end of June, 2010. I’ll be available for consultation two days per week at the Millennium Library. See the library’s announcement here.

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Re-reading Updike’s Self-Consciousness

When John Updike passed away earlier this year I decided to re-read his volume of memoirs, Self-Consciousness, which I hadn’t looked at since it was published in 1989. It is a marvelous book, and confirms everything good about Updike that I’d almost forgotten as he slogged prolifically through the last couple of decades doing books […]

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T.I.P. series in Saskatoon SK

In case you’re wondering, T.I.P. stands for Tonight It’s Poetry. When I arrived half an hour early on the evening of March 15th to an empty bar in downtown Saskatoon, I decided that T.I.P. must be a code word for Tonight It’s clear the Pub. But I was, happily, very wrong.

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Shortlist reading for 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry

On the evening of April 9th the four shortlisted poets for the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry read at Aqua Books. The shortlisted authors: Rosanna Deerchild, Laurent Poliquin, Kerry Ryan, and me.

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Library readings in Altona, Steinbach, and Winkler MB

All of these readings were with Armin Wiebe. Our first event was in Altona on Feb. 12. There were about 20 people there, and a local newspaper covered the reading. It was the rollicking Rabelaisian humour of Armin’s work that attracted people, although of course the earthy jokes were in low German.

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Campus reading at Brandon University

On the morning of March 3rd I read to Reinhold Kramer’s Canadian Literature class. Reinhold is the author of a really fine recent biography of Mordecai Richler, and we were in graduate school together near the dawn of time, although we can’t agree on whether we were both in Robert Kroetsch’s Can Lit seminar (we […]

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Short Line reading series at Vancouver’s Railway Club

A really nice venue, the Short Line series is now run by Carmen Papalia and a collective from MemeWars magazine, most of them former Capilano College students.  On Feb. 24 when I read there, the collective had recently launched a new issue of their mag.

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Planet Earth poetry series in Victoria

On Feb. 27 Susan Gillis and I  read at the Planet Earth series that’s run by Wendy Morton in Victoria, at the Black Stilt Coffee House. There was an enthusiastic audience, and the irrepressible Wendy gave away a number of unusual door prizes.

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Audrey’s Books poetry series in Edmonton

I read at Audrey’s Books in Edmonton on Friday, Feb. 6, with Shirley Serviss. Alice Major, the inaugural Edmonton poet laureate, hosted the event. Shirley’s work as an artist in hospital wards has helped give her quite a following in Edmonton. There were probably 30 people at the reading. When I’ve got time I’ll post […]

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