I was very pleased to hear last month from Guernica Editions, publisher of my forthcoming selection of essays and interviews 1994-2014 entitled If You’re Not Free at Work, Where Are You Free?: Literature and Social Change, that the book will now be published in spring 2018 rather than spring 2019 as originally planned.
Guernica put me in touch with cover and book designer David Moratto, and after we considered a number of possible cover concepts he came up with one we both liked.
The Summer 2017 issue of BC BookWorld contains a nice account of the background to, and contents of, my new Thistledown Press collection of music poems, Helpless Angels. The article mentions the gist of the book’s introduction regarding the technological changes over the decades that have resulted in us now being the first people in history to be able to listen to any music we want, any place we go, at any time of the day or night we choose. A defense of Bob Dylan’s 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, which was awarded after the introduction was written, is also part of BC BookWorld’s look at Helpless Angels.
To launch my new collection of poems about music, Helpless Angels, I’m happy to say that a series of events is planned for May and June across Western Canada, in Calgary, Nelson, Vernon, Vancouver, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton. All but the first one celebrate the book’s theme by involving performances by a variety of musicians presenting several musical styles. The initial reading features a former writing student from my days teaching at the U of Calgary, who has just had his first book published.
Here is the lineup… (more…)
Happy news today that my poem “Elemental Musics: Selkirk Mountains” won first prize ($500) in Musicworks’ 2016 Sonic Geography writing contest. Musicworks is a journal dedicated to developing audiences for experimental music. The poem, which responds to the sounds of mountain trees, winds, creeks and fire, is included in my forthcoming collection of poems about music, Helpless Angels (Thistledown Press, 2017).
Many thanks to the BC Arts Council’s Project Assistance for Creative Writers program for the very welcome news Jan. 12 that I have received support for February through June 2017 for my latest writing project. I’m also grateful for this honour to Walter Quan, who administers the program with considerable aplomb, and to this year’s jury. (more…)
I’ll have a couple of busy days in late November, when I’ll be reading from The Shadow We Mistake for Love in Vancouver, West Vancouver and Richmond. The readings are in connection with the 2016 Vancouver Jewish Book Festival, and arise because of The Shadows winning the fiction prize at this year’s Western Canada Jewish Book Awards.
On Sunday, Nov. 27 I’ll be reading at the Vancouver Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Ave. from 2 to 3 p.m. Then it’ll be a high speed dash for me across the city, and from 4 to 5 p.m. I’ll be reading at the North Shore Jewish Community Centre, 1305 Taylor Way, West Vancouver. (more…)
UBC’s literary magazine Prism international has asked me to be part of their showcase reading by recent contributors during Word Vancouver (formerly Word on the Street) on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3:20 p.m. in Tent 9 (called “Suspension Bridge”) on Homer St. between West Georgia St. and Robson St.
The showcase will feature, besides myself reading poems, Prism’s 2016 fiction contest winner Taryn Pearcey, conceptual poets Geoffrey Nilson and ryan fitzpatrick, and former Ottawa lyric poet Laura Farina.
Exciting news for me is that Thistledown Press of Saskatoon has accepted for publication in spring 2017 my new themed poetry collection, Helpless Angels: A Book of Music. Many of the poems in the volume previously appeared in such magazines as The Hudson Review, Queen’s Quarterly, Arc, Prairie Fire, and the website Poetry Daily.
Mine was the first generation in human history to be able to (more…)