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)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)
Port of Being, the debut poetry collection by Shazia Hafiz Ramji, is shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize — one of the BC Book Prizes! We’ll be crossing our fingers and toes until the winner is announced. Congrats too to all the other finalists!
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,… Continue Reading Invisible @ AWP
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.
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… Continue Reading Writing Home by Fathima Cader
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… Continue Reading Creating Community through Creativity: An Interview with Whitney French
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… Continue Reading Writing Time: Discipline & Structure
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 UPDATE: Submissions and pitches are closed as of Feb 26, 2019. Thank you very much to all… Continue Reading Welcome, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, our new Invisiblog guest editor!
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… Continue Reading Thinking in Arabic, Writing in English: An Interview with Ahmad Danny Ramadan