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An Interview with Manahil Bandukwala

For National Poetry Month, Manahil Bandukwala, the author of the chapbook, Pipe Rose, talks to Shazia Hafiz Ramji about her second chapbook, Paper Doll, published by Anstruther Press. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How does it feel to have a new chapbook? Manahil Bandukwala:I love chapbooks! As an emerging writer, they’re a very comfortable place to have […]

National Poetry Month Reading Recommendations

Amanda Earl (Kiki) recommends Quell by Sandra Ridley (Baseline Press) Quell is a long poem about friendship, holding on and near death as a private experience, the bond between the woman who clings to life and the woman keeping her alive. I read the chapbook aloud to my husband and we were both moved to […]

Breaking Down Glass Walls: Naming an Unnamed Trauma by Angela Wright

The pressure I feel as a Black woman to consistently write about my experiences with racism, and of a trauma that is supposed to come from those racist experiences, feels restrictive like a glass wall; a barrier to break through to take up space and exist.

Thrill-ride (Or, How I Learned to Enjoy Poetry)

THRILL-RIDE (OR, HOW I LEARNED TO ENJOY POETRY)By Amanda Ghazale Aziz I. Impression Online, you’ve seen poetry shared to express reprieve, a shift in seasons, global mood. On the runway, Pierpaolo Piccioli commissioned four poets: Greta Bellamacina, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Mustafa the Poet, and Robert Montgomery, to collaborate with him on his Valentino Fall/Winter 2019 collection, […]

Invisible @ AWP

Portland OR postcard

We’ll be at the AWP Bookfair with bells on! If you’re in Portland, OR for the Association of Writers & Writing Professionals (say that three times fast) conference, swing by table T6049 and check out our books and black-like-our-hearts tote bags. Details here: Location: The Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, […]

We’re paying women more in March again

Hey-o! We did this last year for this first time and it was such a hit that we’re doing it again. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re doubling the royalties we pay our female authors on sales of their books through our website during the whole month of March.

Writing Home by Fathima Cader

She used to buy her mother flowers. They used to live in an apartment building crowded with flats, in a neighbourhood crowded with apartment buildings. In the previous decade, they’d moved five times – six if you count that first move across the Atlantic. Frankly, that first was the easiest of the moves, a pale […]

Creating Community through Creativity: An Interview with Whitney French

Whitney French is a writer and arts-educator. Her writing has been published in Quill and Quire, Geist, Descant Magazine, CBC Books and anthologized in The Black Notes: Fresh Writing From Black Women and Girls (2017) and The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry(2010). Whitney is also the founder and co-editor of the nation-wide publication […]

Writing Time: Discipline & Structure

When I was working on my first book, Port of Being, I woke up at 6 a.m. every day for at least 4 months straight. I woke up to read, think, and write for at least 2-3 hours each morning before I began the rest of my day around 9 and 10 a.m. I am […]