Roundup! Canadian Women

I'm not gonna lie, getting into the swing of reading so much took more energy than I thought it would. Comparably, during the political theory part of my undergraduate, I was by page count reading so much more and it was even, arguably, denser... but poetry is demanding. I don't really know why this turned out…

Tonight, Scuppernong Books will host the launch of Andrew Salters' new memoir, No, It's Just You, and simultaneously welcome Scuppernong Editions into the world. I'm thrilled to be able to call Andrew a friend after long hours of making #GreensboroBound a reality, and I'm especially excited to watch his memoir in one-act plays (wherein Andrew is always a…

September #LitCitizens Unite!

Just because one monthly challenge is running doesn't mean everything else comes to a halt! Me, panicking: oh shitUpcoming this week is also Andrew’s reading for No, It’s Just You and the formal launch of Scuppernong Editions. Andrew was one of the primary make-things-happen people for the first Greensboro Bound; he’s a really engaging and good-hearted…

Week One: Canadian Women

Lana Del Rey sings Off to the Races in the distance. It's Week One of #SeptemberWomenPoets and my first theme is Canadian Women, naturally. It will go a little like this: Saturday: Wanda Campbell, LOOKING FOR LUCY Jill Battson, ASHES ARE BONE AND DUST Sunday: Wanda Campbell, KALAMKARI AND CORDILLERA Rita Joe, THE BLIND MAN’S…

Empty Set

Empty Set, by Verónica Gerber BicecciFor a few months last year, I was a Rumpus Monthly subscriber---I got a Double Box the first week of every month. One brand new piece of fiction, and one new collection of poetry. I loved it. (Still love it, but it's too pricey for me right now.) Empty Set, by…

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE MASTERLIST

THE #SEPTEMBERWOMENPOETS  MASTERLIST Here's the alphabetical masterlist for September! I'll add to this post as needed, but otherwise there will be weekly "looking forward" posts on Saturday mornings (September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) and weekly "looking back" posts on Sunday nights (September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30). There are thirty poets on this list---way…

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE

SEPTEMBER WOMEN POETS That's the name of the September reading challenge I'm participating in, and it's just nine days from today. The challenge is a direct response to the Sealey Challenge, which has been taking place in August for several years now. Both are online---Twitter, specifically---and they're all about amping up your regular reading consumption…

This is Not Your Mother’s Bookshelf

If your childhood was anything like mine, you were probably a dirty little thief---by which I mean: if you spotted an unsupervised book, well, who's to say it wasn't your book in the first place? My parents used to read to me, but largely not from children's material. They read to me whatever they were reading, with…