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A Week of Literary Bliss!

Two Book Launches, a class, a workshop and an interview!

Hello friends! It’s been a few days since my last post…took a little break to rest and reflect and to begin getting back into things that the dragging-on-of-winter was making difficult! But I’m feeling good in body, mind and spirit. The warm temperatures, chatty birds, blooming flowers and budding trees are all helping tremendously! And, it seems like we’re slowly but surely getting back into gatherings for family events, celebrations and book launches! This week is stacked with literary happenings…

at the end, beginnings book launch WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022

Christopher Lawrence Menard is celebrating the publication of his first collection of poetry, at the end, beginnings (Black Moss Press) this Wednesday at the Kordazone theatre (KordaZone Theater, 2520 Seminole Street, Windsor, ON N8Y 1X4) beginning at 7pm. This is a very special event as Christopher was unable to attend the co-launch of his book with Terry Ann Carter in April because he was ill. He’s in tip-top shape now and I know, is thrilled to be able to have this launch to read and share and sell and sign his new book.

This is an in-person event and needs registration via eventbrite as seating is limited. Please click ON THIS LINK to register. See you there!


Margo Wheaton *Virtual* book launch: Rags of Night in our Mouths – Thursday, May 12, 2022

You may remember Margo from the reading we shared last fall when we talked about writing and family and poetry. Margo’s second book is hot off the McGill-Queen’s University Press! Her book is called: rags of night in our mouths. She is celebrating her book along with three fellow MGUP authors via a zoom launch on Thursday evening. The event starts promptly at 6:30pm our time.

This virtual event needs registration in order to get the Zoom link. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Books are for sale HERE.

Margo is also teaching an on-line poetry workshop through the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. The title is: Landscape as Muse: A Poetry Workshop (virtual) with Margo Wheaton. Here are the details: (It starts this week!)

Spring is the perfect time to reconnect with the natural world and invigorate your writing practice! Through a blend of targeted group discussions, short required readings, and indoor and outdoor writing exercises, this workshop will provide practical tools, techniques, and inspiration for writing with passion about a landscape as a living, breathing, and changing entity.

Each session also features a conversation with an invited guest poet, who will share tips, insights, and writing strategies drawn from their own deep practice of nature-based writing. Guest writers include poet and essayist Brian Bartlett, poet and musician Allan Cooper, and poet and prose writer Basma Kavanagh.

About the instructor: Margo Wheaton lives in Kjipuktuk/Halifax and holds a Master’s degree In English and a Certificate in Adult Education, both from Dalhousie University. Her debut poetry collection, The Unlit Path Behind the House, won the Canadian Authors’ Association’s Fred Kerner Award for best book of the year and was shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Award, The Gerald Lampert Award, the Fred Cogswell Award, and the Relit Award. She recently published Wild Green Light with author David Adams Richards. Rags of Night in Our Mouths, her next poetry collection, is forthcoming in spring of 2022 from McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Recommended experience level: Writers at all levels and stages are warmly invited to attend

Location: Zoom

Dates of 3-week workshop: Rescheduyle to Tuesdays, May 10 + May 17 + May 24, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Non-member price: $174 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)


Speaking of classes and workshops, we’re busy at the writing room with a Poetry of Flowers class beginning on Tuesday (and going for the next four Tuesdays!), and with a sold out Poetry Circle this upcoming Saturday. We’re featuring…Christopher Lawrence Menard! Yahoo!

Guest post Two-Part Interview with Robert Earl Stewart

Also on deck is a two-part guest post featuring Robert Earl Stewart about his new memoir, The Running-Shaped Hole (Dundurn Press).

And…this happened…

Me, Margaret & Dorothy

I had an exciting time at this year’s Pelee Island Bird Observatory Annual Margaret Atwood dinner. After a delicious meal and a wild auction, we settled in to hear Margaret Atwood, David Lindo (The Urban Birder) and Lorna Crozier talk and read and share. It was a literary event I’ll always remember!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Happy Mother’s Day! I believe that Spring is here to stay! Yay!

One thought on “A Week of Literary Bliss!

  1. Wonderful Vanessa! Congratulations on being Poet Laureate of Windsor! You’ll do a great job, and I look forward to seeing you often in this exciting role! I loved it, and, I know “ this is a dream come true”. Later this month, I’ll treat you and Christopher to lunch!!

    Mary Ann

    Sent from my iPad



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