There seems to be a zeitgeist around submission calls for supernatural-themed poetry. I hope the trend continues as I love reading and writing poetry with this dimension. Recently I had three poems accepted to the online journal Cyclamens and Swords (based in Israel). Two were written while I was in Scotland earlier this year.
Also this month, I was happy to see my book Subway Medusa on a recommended reading list “The 31 Books of December.”
Ekphrastic poetry is in vogue these days (who knew?). For a few years my poetry workshop — The Long Dash group — has been meeting up with the artists at the Women’s Art Association of Canada. This has resulted in the creation of many poems inspired by visual art. Tomorrow afternoon is our annual reading at the WAAC: 23 Prince Arthur Ave., 2-4 pm.
CLIMATE OF COLLABORATION
Tonight is Harbourfront’s Open Stage Night. I’ll be one of twenty poets reading for 5 minutes. Following the event, the judges will award one poet a reading at the International Festival of Authors. The poets were selected randomly (through a draw) and had to have their names submitted by their publishers.
Tomorrow night I’ll be reading at the Plasticine Poetry Series, a monthly poetry series held at The Central: 603 Markham St. Also reading are Rocco de Giacomo, Amanda Hiebert and Bunny Iskov. 6 pm start time. Hosted by Cathy Petch. The Central is a small venue that fills up quickly — arrive early to ensure getting a seat.
I’m reading tonight in Guelph at the Bullring Pub (University of Guelph campus) as part of Carousel Appreciation Night. The other readers are Jim Johnstone and Desi Di Dardo. 7 pm start. Carousel is a gorgeously-designed hybrid literary and arts magazine which is produced twice a year. The first 25 people who show up at this event get a free copy of the magazine.