Category Archives: Musings

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 […]

Best Canadian Music Writing 2021

Text reads: Best Canadian Music Writing 2021. Images from albums by The Weather Station and Mustafa.

Images: Album art for Ignorance by The Weather Station & When Smoke Rises by Mustafa compiled by Del Cowie, Invisible’s intrepid Bibliophonic editor It’s the end of another year and for the fourth year running, I’ve decided to compile a Best Canadian Music Writing list. One of the reasons I started doing this list a […]

Best Canadian Music Writing 2020

Image: After Hours by The Weeknd album cover compiled by Del Cowie, Invisible’s intrepid Bibliophonic editor In this year of all years, with a global pandemic and the unrelenting brutality of anti-Black racism undeniably at top of mind, music has provided solace and comfort and has proved to be a bonding and resilient force. Obviously, […]

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 […]

“Keep singing, keep playing, keep dancing. Keep writing.”

Blog post graphic introducing a musical playlist curated by Swimmers in Winter author Faye Guenther.

Hi reader, How are you doing in these strange times? Where I live, it’s week three of a declared state of emergency, in the middle of this global pandemic (COVID-19). Wherever you are, I hope you’re doing okay, and finding ways to keep your spirit up and your heart full and your body moving. Music’s […]

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 […]