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Rhythm of Unearthing: An Interview with David Bradford

David Bradford, author of The Plot (House House Press), his third chapbook of poetry, speaks with Shazia Hafiz Ramji about unearthing family histories, “untellable grief,” and personal debris. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: What is The Plot? David Bradford: “The Plot” is actually the title of the poem, in four parts, spaced out throughout the chapbook­—a title… Continue Reading Rhythm of Unearthing: An Interview with David Bradford

Pulling Back the Flesh of Myself: An Interview with Sanna Wani

Sanna Wani, author of the chapbook, The Pink of the Seams (Penrose Press), speaks with Shazia Hafiz Ramji about the “strange little immortal creatures” that are poems, the Ramadan treat of rose syrup, pink insides, and more. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How did you arrive at The Pink of the Seams? Sanna Wani: Hmmm, I went… Continue Reading Pulling Back the Flesh of Myself: An Interview with Sanna Wani

Montreal as the Fifth Character in Bindu Suresh’s 26 Knots

Years later, he would reach out for her hand as she walked, oblivious, past where he was standing on the train paused at Lionel-Groulx. By then she will have drawn the nectar from every memory, dried the fallen petals with constant thought—the slightly ridiculous sway of his hips to jazz, the kisses in her creased… Continue Reading Montreal as the Fifth Character in Bindu Suresh’s 26 Knots

Bippity-bops, Turnstile Hops, and Poofing Doobs: An Interview with Cody Caetano, author of the Pleasure Dome Poems

Cody Caetano’s first chapbook, Pleasure Dome Poems, was published in January 2019 under Knife|Fork|Book’s What Queer Reading (WQR) imprint. Award-winning poet, Billy-Ray Belcourt, says Caetano’s work “bears a kind of pop art sensibility – it is slippery and agile and revisionist and campy and ethical and ultra contemporary. Some of the turns-of-phrases here are so… Continue Reading Bippity-bops, Turnstile Hops, and Poofing Doobs: An Interview with Cody Caetano, author of the Pleasure Dome Poems

Three cheers for Tyler Hellard!!!

Searching for Terry Punchout by Tyler Hellard has been shortlisted for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award!!! And three more cheers for all the super fine books, authors and publishers on the shortlist, too!!! The finalists for the 2019 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, alphabetically, are: The Amateurs, Liz Harmer (Knopf Canada) Searching for Terry… Continue Reading Three cheers for Tyler Hellard!!!

A Montreal Reading List

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With spring just around the corner, we’re excited for the launch of 26 Knots by Bindu Suresh, chosen by CBC Books and Quill & Quire as one of their hotly anticipated reads of spring. 26 Knots is a series of interconnected love stories set against the backdrop of Montreal. It got us thinking about other… Continue Reading A Montreal Reading List

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… Continue Reading An Interview with Manahil Bandukwala

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… Continue Reading National Poetry Month Reading Recommendations

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

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