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Congratulations to my former-student Tom Prime on his debut poetry book, A Cemetery for Holes, a collaboration with Gary Barwin (Gordon Hill Press, 2019) which launches in September, 2019!
Description from the publisher
A Cemetery for Holes by Tom Prime & Gary Barwin (Gordon Hill Press, 2019)In A Cemetery for Holes, poetic language bends and breaks, resists and reforms under the stress of family trauma. Consensual reality shifts with nonconsensual harm. It is this history of violence which is ultimately, confronted, fought against, and overcome. While engaged in this struggle, the poems also strive to rebuild, to console and to rediscover the world, its beauty, tenderness, humour, and joy.
One of my favourite things I got to do this year was to edit Kirby's collection of poetry, THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF (Permanent Sleep Press).
For those who cannot wait until its spring 2019 pub date, here's a little treat for your listening pleasure: "Adonis on 8th" and "The Gardens".
Thrilled that a story I edited for Joyland has been selected for Best Canadian Stories, 2018 (Biblioasis), Edited by Russell Smith! The story is "A Dozen Stomachs" by Tom Thor Buchanan.
Now in its 48th year, Best Canadian Stories has long championed the short story form and highlighted the work of many writers who have gone on to shape the Canadian literary canon. Caroline Adderson, Margaret Atwood, Clark Blaise, Tamas Dobozy, Mavis Gallant, Douglas Glover, Norman Levine, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Leon Rooke, Diane Schoemperlen, Kathleen Winter, and many others have appeared in its pages over the decades, making Best Canadian Stories the go-to source for what’s new in Canadian fiction writing for close to five decades.
Selected by guest editor Russell Smith, the 2018 edition draws together both newer and established writers to shape an engaging and luminous mosaic of writing in this country today—a continuation of not only a series, but a legacy in Canadian letters.
Best Canadian Stories 2018 features work by: Shashi Bhat, Tom Thor Buchanan, Lynn Coady, Deirdre Simon Dore, Alicia Elliott, Bill Gaston, Liz Harmer, Brad Hartle, David Huebert, Reg Johanson, Amy Jones, Michael LaPointe, Stephen Marche, Lisa Moore, Kathy Page, and Alex Pugsley
Congrats to Flash Fiction Workshop participant Paola Ferrante whose story "Pandora" was longlisted in the Smoke Long Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction and her story "In Defence" was shortlisted in the Grouse Grind Short LIt Prize presented by Prism International.
And best of all her chapbook True Confessions of Buffalo Bill (published by Anstruther Press, 2018) was just released. You can purchase it here.
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