THE BATTLE IS ON, YO. In just two days, I'll be putting the peddle to the metal and driving myself and Marty Gervais (Windsor's Poet Laureate and my publisher - the publisher of Black Moss Press) to the metropolis we call Toronto so we can participate in the 2016 IFOA/Poetry NOW Battle of the Bards. In… Continue reading The Battle Is On! IFOA 2016 Battle of the Bards Is This Wednesday!
Squeeee! My poem 'Say AWE' has won a Runner-Up Award in The Ontario Poetry Society's 'Ultra-Short Poetry' competition! What a wonderful gift! Thank you TOPS family and judge Debbie Okun Hill! Congratulations to all the other poets who will be in the anthology!
It’s National Poetry Month for at least another week and a bit so I think it’s high time I write this particular blog. I'm gonna give you some transparency here. People ask me all the time 'how do you do it'? I'm not sure that they're asking specifically about how I exist as a professional… Continue reading Poetic Opinions – On Fees, Dues and Definitions
From Signing School - Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters by Robert Pinsky I found this book by Robert Pinsky at a bookstore while I was traveling. I don't remember the bookstore name or where I was, but I remember seeing the cover, reading the title and thinking, I need this… Continue reading On Poetic Form – With help from Robert Pinsky! – And a Poetry Contest!
This year to celebrate it's 40th anniversary, Brick Books put out a request for writers to send in write-ups about poets who inspire, evoke and write great poetry. Of course, I heeded the call and sent in a few write-ups. The first write-up is published on the Brick Books website now - and how timely,… Continue reading Brick Books Celebrates Canadian Poetry – The Importance of Reading Poetry
I have the grand honour of taking the stage with 19 other Canadian poets at the 2015 International Festival of Authors and NOW Magazine's Battle of the Bards. *SUPER GAH* Myself and 19 other poets will read our poetry for up to 5 minutes and attempt to *wow* the jury of judges and entertain the… Continue reading Off to Battle The Bards! @IFOA @NowToronto
Day 23 (Sunday) Word Count: 18, 586 Day 24 (Monday) Word Count: 19,286 (up 700) Day 25 (Tuesday) Word Count: The same Day 26 (Wednesday) Word Count: 22,469 (up 3183 ) Day 27 (Thursday) Word Count: The same Day 28 (Friday) Word Count: The same Day 29 (Saturday) Word Count: The same Day 30 (Sunday)… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Day 23 – 30 – A Parent’s Journey
Day 15 Word Count: the same Day 16 Word Count: the same Day 17 Word Count: 17, 023 (up 824) Day 18 Word Count: 17, 147 (up 1436) Day 19 Word Count: 17,847 (up 700) Day 20 - 21 Word Count: 17, 847 Day 22 Total: 18, 586 (up 1439) Okay, so I can't believe… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Day 15 – 22 – A (Very Busy) Parent’s Journey