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Author Archives: Shazia Hafiz Ramji

The MFA Voice™ by Adrian De Leon

Before I learned the ins and outs of the clusterfuck that is Canadian literature, I had to master the art of The MFA Voice™.⁠1 Imagine uttering your lines through the back of a breathy fan. Augment the aesthetic with thick denim, bushy hair, ornate glasses, and a faux-knitted beanie—anything to further absorb any soundwaves escaping […]

Beast Jaws Possess Power: An Interview with Conyer Clayton

Conyer Clayton talks trauma, grief, beasts, and poetry with Invisiblog guest editor, Shazia Hafiz Ramji. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How did you arrive at the title, Trust Only the Beasts in the Water? Conyer Clayton: The title comes from a line in the poem “Related.” I wanted to capture the feeling that runs through this collection: […]

Poems Find Their Way Out or They Don’t: An Interview with Geoffrey Nilson

Geoffrey Nilson, publisher of pagefiftyone – a brand new poetry micro-press dedicated to print culture – talks publishing, Internet vs. print, music, and chill, with Invisiblog guest editor, Shazia Hafiz Ramji Shazia Hafiz Ramji: Geoff, you’ve started a press. Tell us about it.  Geoffrey Nilson: pagefiftyone is a poetry micro-press dedicated to print culture. The […]

Be Your Own Favourite Poet: An Interview with Khashayar Mohammadi, author of Dear Kestrel

Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How did you arrive at the title of your chapbook, Dear Kestrel? Khashayar Mohammadi: A few years ago, during a very rough time in my life, I started writing small prose-poems addressed to my dear friend Ke, whom this book is dedicated to. I started every piece with “Dear Kestrel,” and after […]

Voice and Character Peeing in Adjacent Stalls: An Interview with Dina Del Bucchia, author of It’s a Big Deal!

Dina Del Bucchia needs no introduction. She is the lifeblood of poetry across the country. She is the flora in every Mazzy Star track. She is your slumber party bff and that distinctive, funny voice on Can’t Lit, a podcast, which she co-hosts with Jen Sookfong-Lee. In this interview, Del Bucchia chats with Invisiblog guest […]

The Search for Ziggy Nowicki by Cole Nowicki

The Search for Ziggy Nowicki by Cole Nowicki Zigmund Nowicki disappeared in 1961. I didn’t know Zigmund Nowicki existed until 2018. A great uncle whose name I’d never heard until a chance utterance around the dinner table while visiting Grande Prairie for my younger brother’s highschool graduation. Oh, Ziggy? Grandpa had another brother. Where is […]

“I believe in the power of words.” Natasha Ramoutar in Conversation with Oubah Osman, author of Hereditary Blue

Oubah Osman began exploring poetry when she was a teenager. As it is for many during that tumultuous time, writing was a way to process the emotions and events that comprise life experience. “I was able to communicate through poetry,” Osman says, reflecting on her early writing experience. “I think journaling was helpful and then […]

Rhythm of Unearthing: An Interview with David Bradford

David Bradford, author of The Plot (House House Press), his third chapbook of poetry, speaks with Shazia Hafiz Ramji about unearthing family histories, “untellable grief,” and personal debris. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: What is The Plot? David Bradford: “The Plot” is actually the title of the poem, in four parts, spaced out throughout the chapbook­—a title […]