It’s always exciting when there’s a new lit mag in town, especially if that magazine comes with a manifesto. Blood & Bourbon is a new Canadian journal whose mandate is “to celebrate all things hard, gritty, and raw.” Add to that the fact that one of the editors is Matt Lennox, a favourite grit-lit writer, and I’m thrilled to have two short stories in the inaugural issue. Free e-copies can be downloaded here!
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
My latest story, “Cream,” has just hit the stands in subTerrain #71. The issue was illustrated by David Boswell, legendary Vancouver comic book artist, and his drawings for my story are crazy-cool. Pick up a copy of the magazine to check them out! I'm still making my way through the issue--it just arrived yesterday--but so far it's full of essential fall reading: Peter Babiak’s essay on schooling digital natives, and an excerpt from Anakana Schofield’s “Martin John,” recently shortlisted for the Giller Prize!
Sunday, 21 September 2014
This past year, I was lucky enough to participate in two different writers' residency programs: one in Banff and one in Barcelona. I recently wrote a short post about my time at the Banff Centre here.
In Barcelona, I was living at Jiwar Creation and Society. The founders organized a six-week residency to coincide with Festa de San Jordi, a Valentine's Day-like holiday when people exchange both flowers and books with their sweethearts. (This is obviously my new favourite holiday.) At the end of my Jiwar stay, I was invited to do a public reading in the garden. It was an unforgettable experience to read from my novel in the same neighbourhood where the work was originally inspired. I'm so grateful to have spent time in both of these artist-supportive and beautiful places.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
One of my favourite things about publishing stories is that once they get out into the world, sometimes they take on a life of their own. This past week, my mermaid story, “Apoptosis,” published back in December by Taddle Creek, had a surprisingly busy schedule. Here’s what it was up to:
- It became available to read on Taddle Creek’s website.
- It was mentioned as a recent favourite story by Jane Campbell on PRISM’s blog.
- My local library group linked to it on Facebook.
- Writer, Kathy Friedman, used it to teach something called “Freytag’s Pyramid” to her students. (I have since asked her to please teach me about this pyramid as well. Lesson pending…)
In the spirit of providing random support to stories that are out there pounding the pavement, my own favourite story of recent weeks is Molly Lynch’s “Acute Failure” published in Room Magazine, Issue 36.4. I really loved this story. It’s lyrical and raw, and so much larger than its word count. Check it out if you can get your hands on a copy!
Friday, 6 December 2013
The latest issue of Taddle Creek came out this week and it includes a new short story of mine called "Apoptosis". I'm especially excited because it's the first time that my work has been illustrated! If you'd like to see the drawing that accompanies my story - and here's a teaser: there's a mermaid in the picture - you can pick up a copy of the magazine at one of these fine booksellers. Or, if you're in Toronto, perhaps you'd like to swing by the launch on December 10th (8:00PM at The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W.). I'll be doing a short reading that night, and copies of the magazine will be on sale for only 5 bucks. Come find out what "apoptosis" means, and what the heck it has to do with mermaids...
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Thursday, October 24
Magpie Taproom, 831 Dundas St. W.
I'll be reading a new short story.
My fellow readers will be: Nicole Chin, David Mannion, and Ken Babstock
Sunday, October 27
The Black Swan, 154 Danforth3:00 PM
I'll be reading an excerpt from my novel-in-progress.
My fellow readers will be: Hardish Dhaliwal, Victoria Hetherington, Aga Maksimowska, Emily Pohl-Weary, and Liz Worth
Sunday, November 17
The Only Cafe, 972 Danforth
I'll be reading something raucous involving audience participation.
My fellow readers will be: Terri Favro, Andrew Faulkner, and Nicholas Daniel Michelis
There will also be live music!
A Recipe for Disaster (Eufemia Fantetti's Book Launch)
Thursday, November 21
No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St.
I'll be reading a short piece written especially for this event.
My fellow readers will be: Eufemia Fantetti and Kathy Friedman
There will also be live music and homemade desserts!
Taddle Creek Winter Launch
Tuesday, December 10
The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W.
I'll be doing a short reading.
My fellow readers will be: Julie Cameron Gray and Robin Richardson
Pick up a copy of the latest issue for only $5!
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Room Magazine's latest theme issue "Murder, Lust, and Larceny" includes a story of mine called "Snatch and Release". I'm thrilled to be hiding out under the same cover as criminally good short story writers Yasuko Thanh and Amy Jones! To watch a video trailer of short readings by some of the contributors, click here.
To read the story online, click here.
To read the story online, click here.