In Review: The Year of Our Beautiful Exile

The-Year-of-Our-Beautiful-ExileThe best thing about reviewing is coming across new favourites, and I have a feeling Monica Kidd will achieve such status for me. I reviewed her latest book The Year of Our Beautiful Exile for Arc, and you can read everything I thought about it here.

Also, if you’re one of those people who pays close attention to the feel of a book in your hands, this one is a winner. Gaspereau Press makes such beautiful objets d’art.




The reviews are coming in on the Best Canadian Poetry 2015 collection, and my name crops up in this one.

Also, stay tuned on the launch of Boobs at the end of the month! If you’re in Vancouver, draw a couple circles in your calendar for Friday, April 29th.


Strangers on a Train

It’s a busy literary week in these parts – the Vancouver Writers Fest is happening on Granville Island, and I’m supremely pumped to catch the Poetry Bash (I mean, can we talk about Karen Solie?) this coming Saturday.

Before then, however, I’ll be reading poems as part of Langara College’s fantastic reading series Strangers on a Train. I’ve been meaning to drop by this series for eons, and you, like me, can be a first-timer tomorrow eve!

Details: Tuesday, Oct 20th at 7:00pm at the Railway Club. Poems? Check. Free of charge? Double check.

See you under the model train!

On the Radio

We’ve slunk into rainy season here on the west coast, and to say I’m not a little sad about it would be untrue. But! September also brings with it some killer literary events. (That’s “killer” as in awesome, just in case anyone was concerned.)

Here are a couple nifty events at which you can see/hear yours truly. And don’t forget to check out the Vancouver Writers Fest from October 20th to 25th – I’ll be there as a fan (I recommend the Poetry Bash).


On the Airwaves

I will be joining brilliant novelist Chelsea Rooney on the Storytelling Show this coming Sunday, September 19th, to discuss all things literary. The Storytelling Show is a Co-op Radio program that covers “women’s storytelling in all its variations: novels, short stories, mythology, and people with experiences they want to give voice to.” We’ll be chatting about poetry, books we loved as kids, and anything else that strikes our fancy.

Tune in: Sunday at 9:00pm, CFRO 100.5fm

The program will stream the following day at


On the Streets

I’m pleased as punch to be reading at this year’s Word Vancouver festival, which runs September 23rd to 27th. There are myriad incredible readings to catch during the festival’s schedule of panels, so be sure to check out the program guide. For me, I’ll be at the Vancouver Public Library Main Branch to read from the The City Series: Number One – Vancouver chapbook alongside my fellow contributors.

Join us: Sunday, September 27th, at 11:00am
Event: The Chapbook: For Love or Money?
Location: The Alice McKay Room, VPL Main Branch (Inside, Downstairs)

That’s the latest and greatest! Happy September, everyone.



I’m happy to announce (albeit a couple months behind the official announcement) that my poem “Mannequins” has been selected for inclusion in the Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2015 anthology. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement – the work in this collection is phenomenal. I’ve had a sneak peek, and I might have teared up, the poems are that good.

Keep your eyes peeled for an October release date, and keep dreaming! Because look what kinds of cool things can happen out of the blue.


Best Canadian Poetry