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Category Archives: Musings

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

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

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

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… Continue Reading The Search for Ziggy Nowicki by Cole Nowicki