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Category Archives: Musings

Welcome, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, our new Invisiblog guest editor!

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the new guest editor for Invisiblog! She will be editing and curating Invisiblog essays, interviews, and bits, and encourages you to get in touch if you would like to be featured: shaziahafizramji[at]gmail[dot]com or @Shazia_R Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the author of Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), which received the Robert Kroetsch Award […]

Thinking in Arabic, Writing in English: An Interview with Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-born author, storyteller, and LGBTQ-refugees activist who calls Canada home. His debut novel is The Clothesline Swing (2017). He also translated Rafi Badawi’s 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think, and published two collections of short stories in Arabic. His work in activism has supported the arrival of over 18 Syrian queer […]

Reconciling Academia and Creative Writing: An Interview with Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Dept. of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. THIS WOUND IS A WORLD (Frontenac 2017) is his first book, for which he won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize. NDN COPING MECHANISMS […]

Best Canadian Music Writing 2018

by Del Cowie Invisible’s Bibliophonic imprint is back. After publishing books on The Dears, NoMeansNo, The Wooden Stars, The Deadly Snakes and Jim Guthrie the imprint is returning after a short hiatus to publish short books about contemporary Canadian musicians and I recently joined Invisible’s team to be the editor of the series. Consequently, reading […]

Writing Worlds Anew by Phillip Dwight Morgan

Phillip requires a great deal of individual attention to follow through on written assignments to complete them on time. He demonstrates good general knowledge orally, but seems to have difficulty putting his ideas in writing.                                                             –an excerpt from my Grade 4 report card Long before I could read an analog clock, I knew intimately […]

Conversation Starters

So, it’s the festive/holiday season, and it’s possible-to-likely that at some point you’ll find yourself in a room with friends, family and strangers who upon learning that you’re a book lover will ask you what you’ve been reading. Why not offer them a taste? Here are a few passages from recent books that are sure […]

Closer Still: On Reading What I Could Not Understand by Isabella Wang

Some artists first learn to draw by tracing the work of others – sentence structure, tone, plot, word play, imagery. Until I found my own voice, I wrote in the voices of other writers that I read from and tried to mimic. If I were to name one most influential title in my early life, […]

Mistaken Longings: When I Write of Calcutta, I Don’t Write of “Home”

Victoria Memorial, Calcutta, India. Dec 25 2011.   “I have a question,” a middle aged man says, his bald pate shiny against the afternoon light filtering into the Lakeside Terrace room at Harbourfront Center. We are at “Safar: Journeys to South Asia” panel of Toronto International Festival of Authors. He addresses the authors, “Do you […]

Cool New Short Story Collections

“Stories are not chapters of novels. They should not be read one after another, as if they were meant to follow along. Read one. Shut the book. Read something else. Come back later. Stories can wait.” ― Mavis Gallant Stories can wait, but we can’t! Here are some recent short story collections that display diversity […]

Collecting/Telling/Writing Stories by Bilan Hashi

I was in transit at Dubai. People watching and collecting stories. There were women in saris, men in dashikis, the pilgrims for Ummrah wrapped in their white cloths: traditional clothing a backdrop against the modern lines of the terminal. The airport’s status as an international hub was evident as conversations in different languages overpowered the […]