Category Archives: Guest

Take this deepest dive into sparkling water with Francine Cunningham

Blog, featured image. Text reads, Waterfalls That Punch You in the Throat, by Francine Cunningham

Waterfalls That Punch You in the Throat: The Elusive Beverage Sparkling water. Some love it. Others hate it. And some, like me, are obsessed. I don’t drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, and I am not a huge fan of sodas and juices—I’ve gotta really be craving it to coat my mouth in that much sugar. […]

Things I Didn’t Know About Publishing a First Book Until I Published My First Book  

Samantha Garner’s debut novel The Quiet is Loud has been shortlisted for the 8th Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Literary Fiction! To celebrate, we asked Sam to look back on her first year of publication. Here, she shares that journey, a lifelong dream that “actually happened“. It’s been a year since my debut novel […]

October in the Soo

Shelly (Tal) Bressette portrait

October in the Soo       Poetry and photography by Shelly (Tal) Bressette Staring out the hotel window at choppy river water rippling fast below, cold as Algoma Steel. Tom Thomson shades of muted rust and gold rim distant shorelines and unseen winds billow beneath playful gulls’ wings. Stacks of spongy clouds climb above […]

Extracting Hope from Poison: On Quitting the Writer’s Life

Art by author: Ashley Obscura

Extracting Hope from Poison: On Quitting the Writer’s Life Essay and artwork by Ashley Obscura When I was presented with the opportunity and encouragement to write this essay I was in the midst of a personal crisis. I had just received my first, hard-earned travel grant to attend my first AWP Conference last year in […]

The Courier’s Dinner

The Courier’s Dinner By Seema Shafei  T came home from work smelling like fries and grease. He wiped the thick layer of sweat that collected on the back of his neck with the front part of his electric pink company shirt. The cotton was already splotched with the colours of different food and dirt he […]

Overcoming Perfectionism Using the Pomodoro Technique

Overcoming Perfectionism Using the Pomodoro TechniqueBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji I am a perfectionist— I have a problem. I take pride in being a perfectionist— I have an even bigger problem. Last winter, I realized that part of the reason why I had stopped working on one of the storylines of my novel was because of […]

“It’s The Sort of Story That I Want to be Creating”: An Interview with Nedda Sarshar

Toronto-based writer and filmmaker Nedda Sarshar speaks with InvisiBlog’s guest editor Amanda Ghazale Aziz on figuring out what format works best for each story, learning how to write scripts, and working on documentaries. Amanda Ghazale Aziz: The fact that most writers write beyond one genre and form is obvious, but it’s something I’ve been interested […]

“I Never Used to Write About Anything Close to Home”: An Interview with Chris Bailey

Poet, fisherman, and author of What Your Hands Have Done (Nightwood Editions, 2018) Chris Bailey speaks with Invisiblog guest editor Amanda Ghazale Aziz about obligations, family, and writing in second person. Amanda Ghazale Aziz: How was the move back to Prince Edward Island? Chris Bailey: It’s always strange coming back. I remember hearing it takes […]

On Seeking External Validation

On Seeking External ValidationBy Terese Mason Pierre In 2003, my parents moved us from our relatively comfortable lives in Mississauga to Grenada for my father’s job with the Caribbean bank. It was a world that was supposed to be familiar (my parents are Grenadian), but wasn’t. It was here that I started writing, at the […]

“It is Not Enough to Merely Bear Witness to the Conditions of the World”: An Interview with Abdullah Shihipar

Providence-based writer and researcher Abdullah Shihipar talks ever-changing relationships to writing, community organizing, and working in multiple genres with InvisiBlog’s guest editor Amanda Ghazale Aziz.Amanda Ghazale Aziz: You were a writer before you were an organizer— you’ve mentioned to me before that writing took a backseat during the years you were the president of the […]