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"ducks, cottonwood trees, soap opera ladies, storms and lost yelps" in conversation with Winterkill author, Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham is the author of four acclaimed poetry collections: The Watch and the poetry trilogy Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill http://www.insomniacpress.com/... Vice President of Project Bookmark Canada and Marketing Coordinator for the Rowers Pub Reading Series, she holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University (UK) and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Troll Was No Monster
after the painting by Kate Domina

My body’s thin like an icicle
but my fur warms, the rug of me.
I feel good in this suit. My tie,
a material icicle. It wears me well
like the mouse I wear that wears me.
See past my wolfish eyes, the wildness
that makes the menace race

All that's Sweet with author Dani Couture

Dani Couture is the Author of Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006) and Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010) http://www.pedlarpress.com/201... Her novel, Algoma, is coming out with Invisible Publishing this year.

Fracture

There are things my body is not telling me:
late nights and friends I’ll never meet.
The yellowing bruise on my hip.
Strangers who ask, Haven’t we met?
Pine Needles threaded through my black knit dress
and I have not left the city in months.

Morning when my body thinks me asleep,
I listen to it work.
A soft-footed rummaging,
the slow sharpening of bones.
Suddenly, a femur thrust through thigh,
a door opened, the body no longer at home.

- from the collection Sweet, Pedlar Press, 2010.

Seeing People and Seeing Celebrities

Why should my stomach go into my feet when I see someone who wrote a book I really love? I remember in elementary school, a man coming in to talk to our class about whale watching. I asked him to sign my autograph book. I think it was equally awkward for both of us. It was a case of mis-reading celebrity status. When you are a celebrity, you can be asked to perform the awkward, however, outside of that designation the awkward retains its meaning.

Since I’m going to talk a bit about celebrities as in movie stars and celebrities as in writers, I want to make a bit of a disclaimer. Celebrating Kim Kardashian for having a Bentley and wanting a 10 Karat Diamond is different than lauding someone for producing a book that is a symbol of personal sacrifice and intellect. Of course.

"Collage, montage, politic, polemic, gut punching, slippage": In Conversation with [sic] author Nikki Reimer

Nikki Reimer's first collection of poetry, [sic], came out with Frontenac House in 2010. It has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. http://frontenachouse.com/auth...

visit her website www.nikkireimer.com
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AH: The first sequence in [sic] "illness narratives" is largely constructed of what I'll call soundbites of medical jargon and media representations of health issues, can you comment on the work of fitting these fragments together by sound and/or by theme?

Lardcakes, Dogboys, Hamburger Valleys and Sitcoms with David McGimpsey

David McGimpsey is the author of Lardcake (ECW Press, 1996); Dogboy (ECW, 1998); Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture - (Bloomington, Ill: Indiana U. Press, 2000) Hamburger Valley, California (ECW, 2001) ; Certifiable (Insomniac, 2004); Sitcom (Coach House, 2007), which was shortlisted for the 2007 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the ReLit Award; forthcoming is the poetry collection Li'l Bastard (Coach House, 2011). His work is the the subject of the essay collection Population Me: Essays on David McGimpsey (Palimpsest Press, 2010). He is the Montreal editor for Joyland: A hub for short fiction. He edits short Fiction for the DC Books Punch Writers Series. He writes the ‘Sandwich of the Month’ column for EnRoute magazine. He is a professor at Concordia University.

In Conversation with Rebecca Rosenblum, Author of Once

Rebecca Rosenblum is the author of “Once” (Biblioasis), a Quill and Quire Top 15 Book of 2008 and Winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award. Her forthcoming book is “The Big Dream” (Biblioasis, Fall 2011). http://www.biblioasis.com/rebe...

Check out her website at: http://www.rebeccarosenblum.com/

Archives become him: In conversation with Angela Szczepaniak

Angela Szczepaniak is the author of Unisex Love Poems (DC Books, 2008) http://www.dcbooks.ca/unisexlo... . Her forthcoming book is The QWERTY Institute of Cosmetic Typographical Enhancements. http://www.bookthug.ca/proddet...

See her read with Bill Kennedy, and Eric Foley on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30pm; Avant Garden, at the Ossington at 61 Ossington Avenue.

AH: Could you describe the format of your upcoming book?

AS: It’s actually an oversized (9” x 12”) book called The QWERTY Institute (annual report) with a smaller (5” x 6”) book tucked in (hopefully) a back pocket of the larger book—the smaller one is called The QWERTY Institute of Cosmetic Typographical Enhancement.

How DO people think? In conversation with Evie Christie, Author of The Bourgeois Empire

Evie Christie is currently working on an adaptation of Racine's Andromache for Graham McLaren and Necessary Angel Theatre Company which will premier at Luminato on 2011. Her first book, Gutted, was published in 2006; her novel, The Bourgeois Empire came out in Fall 2010. It is funny, shocking, endearing and un-put-downable. Her work can be found in such journals and anthologies as Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets, IV Lounge Nights Anthology and Approaches to Poetry: The Pre-Poem Moment.

http://www.ecwpress.com/book/b...

“The book essentially tells me when it's done” In conversation with Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen is the author of Seeing Lessons (Wolsak & Wynn, 2010), Frenzy (Anvil Press, 2009), Somatic: The Life and Work of Egon Schiele (Exile Editions, 1998), Cusp/detritus: An Experiment In Alleyways (Anvil Press, 2006). The Wrecks of Eden (Wolsak & Wynn, 2002) was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize. "Geologos" from Seeing Lessons was nominated for ARC's Poem of the Year. A collection of essays and memoirs called Catalysts (Wolsak & Wynn) is due out this year. Her writing is diverse, passionate and often startling.

See a recent interview with Owen at:
http://thetorontoquarterly.blo...

Her fan page on Facebook:
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In Conversation with Jocko Benoit, Author of Standoff Terrain

Jocko Benoit’s book Standoff Terrain is one of Frontenac House's Dektet 2010 books, for which the editors were bill bissett, George Elliott Clarke, and Alice Major. Each poem in Standoff Terrain begins with a quote from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and deals with relationships in varying states of decay. The speaker is frank and often disarmingly (pardon the pun) humble. http://jockobenoit.com/

AH: What drew you to Sun Tzu's The Art of War? Were you thinking of love poetry when you came to his text or did you read his text and think it would be a great way to reframe love poetry?

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