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Category Archives: Musings

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… Continue Reading October in the Soo

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

“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… Continue Reading “Keep singing, keep playing, keep dancing. Keep writing.”

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… Continue Reading The Courier’s Dinner

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… Continue Reading Overcoming Perfectionism Using the Pomodoro Technique

2020 Reading Resolutions

Invisible author reading resolutions for 2020

Our authors have reading resolutions—lots of them. From finally finishing a certain book to reading more diversely and drinking more Champagne, here are Invisible authors’ reading goals for 2020: Anna Leventhal, author of Sweet Affliction: My 2020 resolution is to read more nonfiction, which I recently realized I don’t do nearly enough of (my 2019… Continue Reading 2020 Reading Resolutions

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… Continue Reading On Seeking External Validation

Best Canadian Music Writing 2019

Photo credits: Orville Peck by Samuel Engelking & Haviah Might by Yung Yemi

Photo credits: Orville Peck by Samuel Engelking & Haviah Might by Yung Yemi by Del Cowie, Invisible’s intrepid Bibliophonic editor Here it is: the second annual Bibliophonic compilation of Canadian music writing. Expanding from last year’s 33 to a Top 40, this year’s list includes pieces about emerging and established musicians, long form pieces about… Continue Reading Best Canadian Music Writing 2019

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

A week in indie publishing: meetings, meetings, meetings

There’s a lot of mystery around what publishing is/how it works/what publishers do. This is the first post in what we hope will be a somewhat regular series of publishing diary entries by our intrepid publisher, Leigh Nash, in an effort to share what the making of books is really like… Monday: Via train into… Continue Reading A week in indie publishing: meetings, meetings, meetings